Lettuce Week: Thursday

Produce: Speckled Bibb and Baby Leaf Mix Lettuce

Salad Prep

Recipe: Scallop and Citrus Salad from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express. With apologies to Mr. Bittman, here’s a picture of the recipe:

No fancy food photography available, so instead I’ll show you a picture of what dinner usually looks like around here: a laptop and some ill-gotten HBO GO (just kidding, Comcast!). The Veep title sequence is really bad, right?

Laptop Salad Dinner

Lettuce Week: Wednesday

The garden consumption continues, although tonight we took a break from salads.

Garden Spinach

Produce: Spinach.  I should know by now that when it comes to cooked spinach, I never prepare enough.  I harvest a huge amount like this, thinking I’ve conquered the insufficient cooked spinach issue, and then it wilts down to a mound the size of a ping-pong ball and Jarrod feels denied his rightful amount of vegetables.  The pasta was still good, though.

Garden Spinach

Recipe: Orecchiette with Spinach and Gorgonzola Sauce from Cookie + Kate

Orecchiette with Spinach and Gorgonzola SaucePhoto Copyright Cookie + Kate

Lettuce Week: Monday

Get excited: it’s motherf’ing lettuce week.  Our garden has exploded within the last two weeks: the photo on the left was taken on May 13th, the one on the right on May 27th.

Garden May 13 vs May 27

Now it’s time to start eating the bounty.  The lettuce/kale/spinach in particular needs to be consumed before it goes to seed.  So, I have meals planned for each weeknight this week using produce from our backyard and will post links to the recipes I used.

Produce: Kale


Recipe: Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad from Once Upon a Chef

No photograph of mine would be as nice as the one from Once Upon a Chef.  This salad is delicious.  I’ve made it before for people who don’t usually like raw kale (Hi, Kateri) or lettuce in general (Hi, Rodger) and everyone devoured it.

Photo Copyright Once Upon a Chef