Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Veggies and Recipes

Red and Green Dogwood Leaves
September Dogwood

Change is in the Air

The golden light of a September day is a delight to all, especially gardeners. As we approach the equinox, we see both the culmination of our summer harvest and the approaching winter. There is plenty to appreciate, plenty to harvest, plenty to preserve. It’s an ideal time to freeze, can, and dry the bounty from farm and garden. Tomatoes can be dried, cut in half and frozen, or made into tomato sauce and frozen. I’ll be posting this month about my first adventures in tomato canning. A little effort now will perk up meals during darker days.

Butternut Squash Blossom in Foliage
Promise of More Butternut
Besides tomatoes, peppers are good candidates for preserving. Cut them in half, remove core and seeds, and freeze them, or oven roast them before freezing. Basil plants don’t overwinter, so dry or freeze some now. It’s the end of raspberry season, and it’s been an exceptional one around Santa Cruz. Low sugar raspberry jam is useful in winter for bar cookies, cake fillings, and glazes as well as on toast, and raspberry flats can be picked up inexpensively at the Farmers’ Markets now. Strawberries and raspberries are simple to freeze, or can be preserved in light honey sauce.

Enjoy the last of summer as we work towards harvesting cooler weather fruits and vegetables. It’s the best of both seasons now. If you’re feeling lucky, experiment with some inter-seasonal combinations. Perhaps strawberry applesauce (make strawberry puree and add to homemade applesauce) or apple-plum crisp? Happy change-of-season!

Friend Joy is Gone, but her Roses Bloom on
September Fruits & Veggies

Two Ripe Tomatoes in Garden
It's Still Tomato Season
Pinto Beans (fresh)

New and Favorite September Recipes

Classic Gazpacho
Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)
Parsley-Basil Pesto
Chicken Cacciatore (can substitute fresh tomatoes)
Chicken Marengo (can substitute fresh tomatoes)
Parmesan Crusted Sole with Salsa Fresca
Squash Delight Casserole
Buckwheat Stuffed Zucchini
Baked Tomato Sauce (freeze for winter)
Oven Roasted Peppers (freeze for winter)
Zucchini Bread
Award Winning Apple Pie
Home Canned Tomato Sauce
Strawberry Daquiri
Frozen/preserved Strawberries (or other berries)
DIY Stewed Tomatoes (freeze for winter)
Preserved Basil

Two Pink Naked Lady Blossoms
There's a Naked Lady (Lily) in my Yard!

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