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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

quick pickles

Last year at the end of gardening season, my husband and I visited one of our favorite restaurants; The East Coast Grill in Cambridge MA.

The always serve fantastic pickles made from all sorts of vegetables, carrots, beets, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers, as an appetizer. They were so tasty I ordered a copy of the book from Amazon when I got home.

I think its time to start making pickles!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks great. I just purchased it on Amazon. I'm also planning to get a food dehydrator this year. Last year I had my first big garden, and I was so sad when the harvest season ended that this year I'm looking in to ways to extend the harvest into the fall and winter. I was inspired by your kombocha and have a few hills of it growing in my garden this year too for a good cellar crop.

~ Laura from Columbus, OH

July 16, 2010 10:52 AM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

How's the book? Look forward to reading your review of it.

July 16, 2010 3:00 PM

Blogger Toni said...

Looking forward to hearing more about your pickling experience!

Gosh... I need that book!

July 18, 2010 12:47 AM

Blogger takaeko said...

There is various types of pickled vegetables in Japan.

Most popular one is cucumbers pickled with salted rice-bran paste and my wife is gonna try to pickle cucumbers and egg-plants at home

Cooling pickled cucumbers in a fridge is my favorite.

July 18, 2010 10:16 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I will review the book when I make a few recipes from it. I am planning to do this during August.

I have big plans for August. So much of July I have been busy or traveling. August I will make pickles! Plant fall crops. I want to try growing microgreens. Also redo two of my flower beds.

About those cucumber beetles, its seem like the main concern is that they spread diseases like cucumber wilt. I haven't had cucumber beetles in my garden but may parent had some. The best control for a home garden is to use row cover early enough to keep them out. I suppose you need to pollinate yourself then. I will start a new post on this and maybe others will have suggestions.

July 18, 2010 4:46 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Your page is loading well now :-) The book looks good. I'd like to try a few different things this year. I usually make baby dill pickles & green relish. Won't mind some icicle pickles & dilly beans this year.

July 18, 2010 10:55 PM


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