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Garden Update #13 and What’s New at Blogher Food?

Before we get to the garden, I wanted to share something fun with my blog readers. Last night I had dinner with my friend Cheryl, one of the smartest people I ever knew, and someone I used to spend a lot of time with but hadn’t seen for more than ten years. How did we get back together? Well it seems a friend of Cheryl’s was Googling her name and stumbled on my recipe for Cheryl’s Eggs, where I talked about Cheryl inventing the recipe at Lake Powell. Cheryl found my blog, and e-mailed me! She lives in California now, but comes to Salt Lake often, so I’m hoping we can have more great dinners together. Isn’t that a great story about how writing a blog can enrich your life?

In the garden, it’s pretty much all about the tomatoes these days. I’m proud of this photo, which I think is one of the best I’ve taken with the new camera. Yes, all these tomatoes are from my garden. The yellow Lemon Boy tomatoes are delicious, and I used them in Summer Red and Yellow Tomato Salad which I made Thursday when I had guests for dinner. I also thought this photo was perfect for that recipe which didn’t previously have a photo!

Today will be partly devoted to making more slow-roasted tomatoes, and this time I’m making a double batch as Alanna recommends. Last time I didn’t have enough Romas to do two trays, but my step-mother Norma (who’s also a pretty great gardener) gave me a big sack of Romas this week.

Those huge clusters of tomatoes on some of my plants are becoming a problem, since the tomato cages keep tipping over. Luckily none of the plants have been damaged. Next year I need to take a tip from Steven and try the Florida Weave method of staking up the tomatoes. Only problem is that my tomatoes are not in a long row like his are.

I also realized this week that I have two completely different kinds of zucchini, even though I thought I was getting two of the same plants. The middle one is sometimes called “Italian Zucchini” in stores here, and the squashes are not as straight-sided as the ones on the other plant. No difference in taste, as far as I can tell.

For those who are following the progress, here are my other garden updates.
first garden update
Garden Update #2
Garden Update #3
Garden Update #4
Garden Update #5
Garden Update #6
Garden Update #7
Garden Update #8 (Rand’s Garden)
Garden Update #9
Garden Update #10
Mini Garden Update #11
Garden Update #12

A reminder that Weekend Herb Blogging is back home at Kalyn’s Kitchen this weekend. Check out the rules and then blog about any kind of herb, vegetable, plant, or flower, send me the link by 3:00 today (Utah time, send to kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net) and I’ll include you in the recap which will be posted later tonight. (And wait until you hear where WHB is traveling next weekend! If you like this event and might want to be a guest host sometime, send me an e-mail at the same address and I will add you to the list.)
Last, but definitely not least, check out some of the great Blogher Food posts from the past week, most of which are surfing guides which will take you to a whole collection of food blog posts on a particular topic. (You can see just the writing on Blogher by choosing Food and Drink on the left sidebar menu.)
I wrote about the ultimate ratatouille post from La Tartine Gourmande, and shared one of Bea’s beautiful photos.
Alanna gave some thoughts about the going rate for teeth from the tooth fairy.
Ideas for summer drinks to cool you down were being requested by Jennifer from Weekly Dish, so I spotlighted her list.
Sam provides an amazing list of links to recipes using beets, and another clever headline!
Alanna finds a bunch of wonderful recipes for Panzanella and shares her memories of her first time making this summer salad.

I focus on chickpea recipes in a post called Chicks with Peas.

Finally, Sam shows us some posts that illustrate how food becomes part of family memories.

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    5 Comments on “Garden Update #13 and What’s New at Blogher Food?”

  1. This story finding an old friend through a recipe on your blog is great. I love it. And I am totally jealous of your gorgeous tomatoes and zucchinis!!! Beautiful! Nice collections of links too. Thanks Kalyn.

  2. Sorry I couldn’t make it but I am so looking forward to reading it.

    Maybe next week? My whole day became interupted.

  3. HOw very cool about your friend. That’s what I really love about the internet!

    Those tomatoes look fantastic!! And I am especially envious because we just got sucked into buying a couple of local field tomatoes. They looked good; they smelled good; they were mealy!! Clearly, they had been picked green.

    It’s one of the few times that I wish we had a sunny patch in our little back garden haven of shade.


    P.S. I almost labelled today’s post in my blog as a WHB because we garnished the plates with herbs but it just didn’t seem right….

  4. Kalyn I would really love to participate in the herb blogging.

    I’m not sure I can get it in on time.

    I grew some yellow lemon boys this year also and they are great.

  5. That is a great story about the enrichment of blogging – wonderful way to come back together.