The White House released an inspiring new video this week, starring First Lady Michelle Obama, Chef Sam Kass, and the Bancroft Elementary students who helped plant the kitchen garden. Click through to watch ... there's a cool time lapse video of the garden's growth and historical footage from a 1944 "Victory Gardens" film.
I feel like I am being endlessly surprised by my garden this summer. Sometimes it just blows my mind that, yes, you put a seed into the ground, and it grows. Into something you can eat. Wait, how did that happen? Take this cauliflower for instance...
Chervil is another herb that we'd really like to use more often, but can never think how. It looks like parsley and tastes like mild basil, but it's flavor has a tendency to evaporate into thin air in a lot of dishes. What is this mystery herb and how can we cook with it?
We're finally on vacation... a working vacation to begin. First stop was the Berkshires, to tour the kitchen of Margaret Roach. Margaret is the head honcho in chief of the garden blog, A Way To Garden, and a friend of ours from her days running the editorial side of Martha Stewart. She's a genius with great taste.
Our tomatoes are blessedly blight-free and in full form right now. We've been picking candy-sweet Pink Caspians and tangy Early Cascades, and of course our favorite way to eat them is in a caprese salad. Here's another look at that quintessential classic of the summer table.
Are you awash in pole beans, with nary a ripe tomato? Or perhaps you have a bumper crop of tomatoes and no zucchini this year. What if you could find a fellow gardener nearby who wanted to swap you some zucchini for some tomatoes? Wouldn't that be great?
Well, VeggieTrader, a brand new website for gardeners, is designed to do this very thing.
Take one look at the imposing needle-like leaves on a rosemary plant, and you might wonder how anyone ever thought to put this herb in their mouths! But crush a few of those needles between your fingers, breathe in their pungent and mouth-watering aroma, and you'll understand. Do you like rosemary?
How are your gardens growing? We haven't forgotten about gardening here, even though we haven't talked much about it lately. Here's one of the best surprises from my little garden this summer: eggplant!
Tarragon is one of those herbs that we hardly ever think of using until we come across a recipe that specifically calls for it. We've even grown tarragon in our herb garden, only to reach the end of the summer without hardly touching it! Its licorice-like flavor can definitely make using tarragon a little tricky. How do you use tarragon in your cooking?