This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the best restaurant around

The East Coast Grill! What a fantastic experience to eat here! The best local seafood and fresh vegetable cooked to perfection and then some! Its like heaven!

Of course every time we go there, the parking lot is full. (The scooter solved that problem - we pull up on the sidewalk.) And the usual wait is over an hour, and they don't take reservations. But an awesome bartender makes sure everyone is happy - until the chef makes them even happier.

I always come away with hundreds of ideas for new vegetables to grow and for preparing veggies. We have 2 of Chris Schlessinger's cookbooks, and I just ordered a couple more. "Quick Pickles" and "Grill It"

Today's ideas:
- The quick pickles are a mix of cucumbers, beans, carrots, and onions. I'm going to search for their recipe. Bet its in the cook book by the name...
- I had a super tasty side of greens, sauteed with bacon. I'll look for this recipe for my fall greens for Thanksgiving.
- The Cape Cod oysters fantastic right now. I wonder if I should try a horseradish plant in the garden next year. They are big but I love fresh horseradish.



Blogger Gavin Rogers said...

tomato growing is my favourite type of plant to grow. However I would like to try other varieties of plants. Does anyone have any suggestions on an easy kind of plant to grow, thats rewarding?

November 22, 2009 10:57 AM

Blogger kathy said...

If you only grew tomatoes here in New England this year, you would have come up empty and very sad. Tomatoes are not easy to grow here now with the wet weather and rampant fungi. Late Blight was a disaster for the tomatoes this year and Septoria leaf spot was almost as bad for them last year.

Its best to diversify. I would add the following (in this order of best to eat and easiest to grow): lettuce, beans, cucumbers, summer squash, peas, carrots, winter squash. And add lots of marigolds, zinnias, nasturtiums and sunflowers too!

November 22, 2009 11:11 AM

Blogger The Mom said...

I love his restaurants. Great stuff!

November 22, 2009 2:19 PM

Anonymous Diane said...

If I were going to try horseradish again it would either be as a container plant or surrounded by a 2' deep barrier. It's aggressive and tenacious. My last attempt hung around until a backhoe excavated the site for a septic system!

November 22, 2009 3:12 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

You are having WAY too much fun!! This gardening is supposed to be hard work..

November 22, 2009 9:05 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I grow horseradish here in Rhode Island. I don't find it spreading, but once you have it, you have it forever, like potatoes that come up from the ones you overlooked the year before. It's also a no work plant.

November 23, 2009 7:11 AM

Anonymous M said...

Hi there, you found time to go out!
Sounds like a great place, I will put that on our recommended places to eat on travels list.
Re greens with bacon, have you tried Brussell Sprouts sauted with Bacon? If not it's yummy especially with chicken or turkey.
Marian (London UK)

November 23, 2009 9:36 AM

Blogger Dan said...

My Grandma used to make quick pickles in the summer, they were so good. She just used equal parts water to vinegar and then added sugar to taste.

November 23, 2009 10:18 PM

Blogger pjkobulnicky said...

Hey Kathy ... combination of comments. Love your Thanksgiving menu. Our kids are away working and so we dine alone but most everything except the bird are from the garden. As for your pictures, i vote for the red cabbage. And, i second the notion of keeping your horseradish in a BIG sunken container. I use one of those black plastic shrub pots ... about 15"in diameter. Horseradish is dead easy ... it just wants SUN and a regular supply of water. I break off the shoots on the top of a harvested root, stick them in a bed in the Fall/Winter, transplant into big pots in the Spring and then stick the pot in the ground in full sun Voila!


November 25, 2009 9:57 AM


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