It is mid September here in Colorado. We had some really cold weather last week, so cold I had to cover up my garden goodies two nights in a row. But this week it has been in the low 80’s and I am finding a few gems out in my backyard garden.
Late summer is a time for that. I may think my pole beans are done, but I find a few more on the vine. And then I peek close to the ground and see a few last cucumbers. That one more ripe tomato makes me scream with delight. Am I being melodramatic? Yes, I am and I don’t care. A garden is worthy of drama.
If you are a gardener,
The recipes that will make it on this blog are ones mostly created by my personal chef. He rarely “cheats”. I cheat all the time. And honestly, neither one of us call using canned anything cheating. But hey, technically I cheated. I was throwing together a meal after the end of a long work day. L-O-N-G! It was an Old El Paso tacos kind of night. TexMex all the way. We are proud to say that we love taco shell tacos – the kind made with taco seasoning in a packet. But, what can you serve with them?
I sauntered out to the garden and grabbed a couple serrano peppers and a handful of chives. And voila! Simply Black Beans! If you don’t have a garden, then just add WHATEVER pepper that is hanging out in your fridge (but do blister it) and throw in some chopped up onions (that you have sautéed a tad).
Read on for the recipe (and some great pictures of blistering peppers).
The first time I ate a beet was 24 hours after I gave birth to my son Ryan by C-Section. It was my first meal. Beets were on the plate. Canned beets. And they were sooooooo good. About two weeks later I bought a can of sliced beets. And they were soooooo gross. I guess I was hungry that day in the hospital.
Fast forward to an evening in Vail, Colorado where my brother, my personal chef and my mother and I were on a get-away. My brother treated us to a fancy dinner and we ordered a roasted beet salad. “It tastes like the earth,” my brother remarked. This was a compliment of course because that salad was sooooooo good.
So I started to grow beets. And now I will never NOT grow them. Never ever. Keep reading for an easy recipe below.