Garden Goodies Make Meal Planning A Snap

Posted: July 10, 2013

Amish Cook

It is July 3 and 2013 is half over already.
We have been having lots of rain. Last week, we had a total of 8 inches.
All is quiet around the house this morning, so I decided to get up early to write the column. Because this is a vacation week for my husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth, we have been sleeping in later. Bedtime is also later since we don’t have to set the alarm. We’ve been having a great time together and making nice family memories.
On Sunday evening, we took supper to Jacob and Emma’s house. We then went to see how their daughter Elizabeth is faring since her surgery on Thursday. She is doing as well as can be expected. The men and boys played croquet while the rest of us visited. The eight-player croquet set was a Father’s Day gift to Joe and has already been used many times.
Corn de-tasseling should start any day now. Daughters Susan and Verena went to help rogue the corn Saturday. If I understand correctly, “to rogue” the corn is to take the tall, unwanted cornstalks out of the cornfields. This is done before the corn is de-tasseled.
The fields are more than a mile long and each person takes 12 rows at a time. After all this rain, it made for some tough walking. Everyone’s shoes were caked with mud when they came home.
On Friday, we enjoyed a fish fry at Timothy’s house. He and Elizabeth cooked supper outdoors. It was very enjoyable to relax and not have to cook.
Elizabeth and Loretta went to clean Timothy’s house on Saturday. I told Elizabeth to bring his laundry here to wash Monday. She brought his curtains and extra bedding to wash as well. Using our spinner, our laundry has dried really fast on the lines. With Timothy working long hours, it’s hard for him to keep up with the housework.
Last week, we made quite a few batches of strawberry freezer jam. My rhubarbs are looking very nice since the rain, so I want to make one more batch of juice.
We are enjoying red potatoes, peas, green peppers and hot peppers from the garden. We also have small zucchinis that are almost ready to pick. Our red beets are ready to use, but I am leaving them alone so they will get larger. I plan on packing pickled beets.
The tomato plants are loaded and the corn is looking nice again. Our sweet onions are doing extra well this year. The cooking onions I store over the winter are doing great, too. Meal planning is so much easier with goodies from the garden. Joe planted another patch of sweet corn yesterday for later use.
Son Kevin, 7, does not get along with our rooster. He usually gathers the eggs and has had a few surprises from behind. We also have a hen with a bad attitude. Daughter Susan came out to the barn one day and heard the hen squawking loudly. She could not keep from laughing when she saw Kevin and the hen face-to-face and the hen’s feathers raised. Kevin had an egg ready to throw at the hen for protection.
Kevin keeps us all laughing. He wanted to help me mix Loretta’s birthday cake, but after cracking the first egg too hard, it fell on the countertop. He did manage to get the others in the bowl. We made the cake while Loretta was outside sitting on the swing. We hid it until suppertime so she would be surprised.
God’s blessings to all!
Try this salad with your garden lettuce:
Corn Chip Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce
½ pounds shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 ½ cups corn chips, crushed
1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 tablespoons vinegar
¼ cup milk
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
Toss together lettuce, cheese, bacon and eggs. Mix together salad dressing, vinegar, milk and sugar and toss with lettuce mixture. Add in corn chips and toss just before serving.

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