April 10, 2010

Vegetable Gardening

Sugar Snap Peas
We are planting a vegetable garden with our family this year. I have the delightful job of helping with the seasonal layout and planting (my days spent as a farm intern are coming in handy). Travis helped with the garden design and leveling out the raised beds with his dad. Travis' mom and I planted all sorts of veggie starters and seeds today. We hope the frost has passed!

We packed in loads of lettuce; Mesclun, Butter and Red Leaf. Purple cabbage, Chinese Cabbage a colorful array of Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Kale, Broccoli, Turnips, Radishes, Walla Walla Onions, Celery, Sugar Snap Peas and 3 varieties of Beans; Yellow Wax, Purple & Blue Lake.

I'm terribly excited for fresh kale. It's delicious raw tossed with fresh lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt or quickly sauteed with a spoonful of olive oil, garlic and dried red chile flakes.

When I was living in Tuscany a steaming bowl of Tuscan Black Kale tossed with Chickpeas (Cavolo Nero e Ceci) was the perfect accompaniment to the cold winter nights.

Cavalo Nero
AKA: Lacinato, Dinosaur, Tuscan & Black Kale

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