Valentine’s Day

2/14 – Happy Valentine’s Day.  I’m still feeling a little under the weather and so is the weather, so not much news from the garden.  We did find some great salami at New Seasons Market.  The also had a fantastic sesame bread to go with our chicken noodle soup for dinner (lots of garlic and ginger).

2/15 – I made some lovely crepes with Marionberry compote this morning with a new recipe.  They were so easy to make – none of them needed to be the infamous “first one for the dogs”.  Noah had his with a little Nutella for a special treat.

Crepes in the Blender:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Use 1/4 cup of batter per crepe in an eight inch skillet over medium heat.

– The skies have cleared a little and Joe planted my new blueberry plants in place of the rose bushes that have never done well.  The variety is Top Hat – a little dwarf that sounded perfect for a spot along the retaining wall.   I also put a really nice orange thyme into a pot on the back patio, it looks terrific with the pots of rosemary, chives and bay tree.

Stuffed Boneless Breast of Turkey:

Stuffing (measurements are estimated)

  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 small bulb fennel chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Saute vegetables in butter until tender. Combine with bread, eggs, stock and seasonings.  Cool.

Remove bones from a half turkey breast and pound to about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick.  Top with stuffing and roll.  Use string to tie roll and place seam down into a roasting pan.  Roast at 350 degrees  for about. 90 minutes. Extra stuffing can be baked separately

2/20 – What a beautiful end to February. It’s sunny and 50 degrees. Today, Noah and I planted swiss chard and spinach starts from Wilco in the second side bed and about eight asparagus crowns from Larsen’s Farm that I picked up on Thursday.  We also put in two more squares of carrots and spinach seeds into the bed behind the kitchen.  Caleb put in a second row of pea seeds up in the front of the big garden and helped me finished mulching the blueberries with another bag of sawdust (I think we need one more). I cut down the hops in the main garden (what a mistake that was) and pruned the grapes in the main garden pretty hard. Joe mowed and cleaned up some leftover messes from winter. Copernicus even came out of his basket to have a good game of “chase the grape vine”.

Copernicus in his basket

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