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Holy Vegetables Batman!

cornucopia.jpgWell folks, besides it being the “back to school” season, here in SoapBox land, it is also the start of “harvest season”. Well, not really the start – we’ve been getting peas and beans for over a month, but the amount of harvest has skyrocketed.

Here’s a little secret about home gardening: you never know what is going to do well from year to year. Well, almost never. Zucchini is hopelessly prolific, but other than that, it is kind of  a crap shoot. About two weeks ago, we crossed a major threshold in late summer gardening. We had so many bush beans that we simply could not keep up with them. Despite heroic efforts from the small ones, and the placing of a bowl of fresh picked beans next to the computer (for snacky munching), it was simply impossible to keep up. Then the Cucumbers caught up. Then the tomatoes. The carrots are looking pretty threatening, as are the peppers.

jars.jpgWhat to do? Simple. In an amazing regression to my junior high school days, a quick trip through the bookshelves yielded a slew of recipes and methods for taking the excess, and doing things to it so that it would not spoil before it could be eaten. So, enter a new category: “preserves”. This category will have my favorite recipes and methods of dealing with excess produce. Of course, should you lack a garden, you can always run off to the local grocery store and pick up some “excess” there. Share and enjoy.

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