Victory Garden Update (by @jackiemania)

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jackie is a woman after my own heart! Like me, she is an economist in the purest sense of the word, i.e. a manager of a household. Her management style, like mine, focusses on production (rather than purchasing): cooking from scratch, making some of her own clothes, going back to source ingredients to make cleaning and cosmetic concoctions and of, course, growing some of her own produce. And like me, Jackie doesn’t only run an abundant home for human (and feline) companions. She also provides shelter and food for the local wildlife, which plays an important role in pollinating plants, propagating trees…

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Ah, it’s Tomato Time! The other day I had so many tomatoes from the garden that I didn’t know what in the world to do with them. Don’t worry, I figured it out! I ate them fresh every day, slow roasted (cut small tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, put on a little fresh thyme, 300 oven, 3 or 4 hours) over 20 of them for a great addition to all kinds of foods,

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blanched, peeled, diced, then froze over 10 cups of them for future stews, soups, and sauces, and gave some to friends. It looks like we will have an additional abundance of ripe tomatoes over the weekend, and I plan to make a fresh tomato sauce (gravy for the Italian Americans). It’s a little labor intensive but so, so good — last year my husband told me he had an out of body…

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