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, September 19, 2010


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My first try at making pickles! They are yummy. I made the recipe called Famous Back Eddy House Pickles from the book Quick Pickles by Chris Schlesinger and others. This book has lots of similar recipes and I'm hoping to try more of them soon. I like pickle recipes that use a mix of vegetables, in addition to cucumbers. I added beets (striped Chiogga's) to the recipe, which darkened my brine.

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Blogger Kelly said...

We are lucky enough to frequent The Back Eddy, and their tasty pickles. I hope you enjoy them, what a colorful mix!

September 20, 2010 7:08 AM

Anonymous johanna said...

My family has a recipe that uses a variety of vegetables also. I will have to try adding the beets next time.

September 20, 2010 8:02 AM

Blogger The Mom said...

I love the Back Eddy. Haven't been there in years though. The pickles look delicious!

September 20, 2010 8:53 AM

Anonymous Vic said...

Pickle looks sooo delicious.

We made some Korean Kimchi pickle with our napa cabbage.

Many small farmers in Southern Ontario are serious about pickling as an added value to their produce.

We are hoping to do more pickling next year.

September 20, 2010 3:49 PM

Blogger Connie Lou said...

Beautiful and so yummy looking!

September 20, 2010 6:58 PM

Anonymous Donald said...

I like the wooden fork`s im going to buy some for my Thanksgiving party.

September 20, 2010 7:23 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Donald, They are bamboo picks that I got at Crate and Barrel a few month ago. The most similar item I see there now are plastic picks:

You sure are planning ahead. I'm lucky if I get my planning done for tomorrow before it happens!

September 20, 2010 9:05 PM

Anonymous Donald said...

Im in Hamilton Ontario Canada so our Thanksgiving is in October. I try to keep the dinner simple start cooking at 12 finish around 3.30 guest arive about 4 dinner at five. This year a 17 dollar turkey from Walmart. roast potatoes, Carrots, stuffing, cranberry sauce buns and pan gravy. Orangina pop & Tomatoe juice. Cheese and crackers with those toothpicks for the pre-meal, and desert cake and cookies.Its no fun being in the spending the whole day in the kitchen get everthing done before the people arrive.

September 21, 2010 1:16 AM

Anonymous Texas Flower Artist said...

The pickles in look wonderful, the color alone makes you want to open them and have a taste. They definitely look yummy.

September 22, 2010 9:56 AM

Blogger Matron said...

Look at the colours in that! Absolutely divine!

September 25, 2010 2:11 PM


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