Tag Archive: summertime favorites

Sep 01

Garden report September ’16

Early in the season the broccoli performed well yielding 8 large heads. This summer’s best producer was the cantaloupe melon! The dozen fruit over about 4 weeks were some of the sweetest melons I have ever tasted!…and the first 4 were quite large and heavy. 12 sweet, juicy melons was a good harvest. It was …

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Aug 22

Thunder and Lightning

This summer the Pocono Mountains offered some exceedingly hot and intensely humid weather for an unusually extended stretch of days – turning into about 4 full weeks. Last night, that heat wave broke and night sleeping was, once again, a pleasant rest instead of a torturous, sweaty and fatiguing experience. During this period of tropical …

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Aug 11

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event in August. This year’s display is said to be the best in 20 years with the possibility of seeing as many as 200 per hour! I am hoping that the sky clears for the full view. To the right is an image of the constellation Perseus. No …

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Jul 10

A Mid-Summer Morning

In the garden this morning. After a heat wave that lasted several days, we experienced a heavy, soaking rain yesterday. The garden is at its most lush under these conditions.   Leeks are doing well. Melons are showing an abundance of flowers, but not many fruit. Seems like a pollination issue, but the season is …

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Jul 03

July 4th — Holiday Weekend

I was delighted to be re-invited to my friends, Rich and Kim Green’s family picnic. I missed the party last year, but two years ago they roasted a whole hog for the gathering. As always the food presented by the hosts was terrific as well as all of the pot-luck dishes brought by attendees. I …

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Jun 19

Summertime

The great American composer,George Gershwin, was well known for some classics in the American repertoire of music. Songs like; Someone to Watch Over Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Rhapsody in Blue and many more. Gershwin wrote Porgy and Bess an American opera that debuted on Broadway in 1935 – a folk opera based …

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Sep 24

Bye-Bye, Yogi

I’ve never been a big fan of professional sports. In fact, I have significant contempt for many of those in the world of professional sports, especially (NFL & AFL) football and (NBA) basketball. Many of the players are nothing more than overgrown teenagers turned entertainment stars with extensive criminal records. See Arron Hernandez and Keith …

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Sep 20

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is another dish I like to prepare at the end of summer. It is a filling meal for vegetarians when accompanied by pasta. This dish takes a bit of preparation time, but when done properly, it is well worth the trouble. This year was the first in a long time for me to …

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Sep 20

Ratatouille

Ratatouille originally from the region of Provence, France. Southern France is known for warm climate suitable for growing eggplant (the key ingredient), zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, to make a ragout-like blended vegetable stew.   For the best flavor each of the veggies should be cooked separately then, combined and baked to finish. Herbs …

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Jul 17

Berries!

Going back to this article I posted in 2013, I shared information about harvesting wild berries. There are also a lot of other types of berries available for cultivation on the small farm or in a home garden. Many varieties can grow for decades and they don’t require a lot of work. Berries are a …

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