Eating the First Things I’ve Ever Grown…

Eating the First Things I’ve Ever Grown…

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for my 100th post,…

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for my 100th post, then to rave about eating the first things from my first garden. Although it is early, I tossed the greens I ‘thinned’ out of my garden tonight into a delicious salad. I think back to how far I have come in the past year, and realize how much closer I am too my dream. When I first started this blog I never imagined that in 14 months I would have moved from the city, traveled through Europe and started my first vegetable garden. And although there have been bumps and hardships along the way, I feel now I am closer to where I am supposed to be, then ever. 

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

… with BBQ Fiddleheads with maple cayenne butter and roasted potatoes. My…

… with BBQ Fiddleheads with maple cayenne butter and roasted potatoes.

My first experience with bone in meat was so amazing – it gets a mention of it’s own, the the bbq fiddleheads were so delicious I could not not mention them.

New Year’s Day Mac and Cheese

New Year’s Day Mac and Cheese

Well my plan of detoxing for a week with no carbs or…

Well my plan of detoxing for a week with no carbs or dairy beginning on Jan 1st was an epic fail. After an evening of way too many mojitos I work up in desperate need for carbs. After thinking about, and quickly dismissing making Kraft Dinner, I decided that if I made my own with whole wheat pasta and milk it wouldn’t be “as bad”. My the things we can convince ourselves of…

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

This salad was easy and to my surprise, went well together. Two…

This salad was easy and to my surprise, went well together. Two healthy green vegetables and a great dressing. Make sure to have enough almonds. They were a great addition, but half ended up eaten by the time we were ready to assemble the salad. I also added more cheese then necessary, which was great if you aren’t on a diet. But if you are dieting you shouldn’t come to eat at my house! 

Truffle-Scented Roast Turkey with Shallots and Chestnuts

Truffle-Scented Roast Turkey with Shallots and Chestnuts

I had the opportunity to taste various truffles and truffle oils with…

I had the opportunity to taste various truffles and truffle oils with I was in Florence. I have heard quite mixed reviews about truffle oil, and I admit that the flavour is quite strong and seemingly unappealing. You could not taste the truffle in this recipe or with the turkey, but the flavour of the gravy was spectacular. I suspect that you could get the same flavour with some deep earthy mushrooms, and I suspect that was the truffle’s contribution. Without the truffle this recipe is not anything different at all, and although it was a great dish, I’m not sure if it is worth the expense of the truffle.

Green Beans with Toasted Walnut & Dried Cherry Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Toasted Walnut & Dried Cherry Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cherry Vinaigrette from epicurious.com This…

Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cherry Vinaigrette

from epicurious.com

This recipe was easy, and it was a great dish for Thanksgiving when I often have too many pots and not enough burners on the stove. You can make everything in advance and a few great flavours go together to make a simple dish.