For all of you who told me my broccoli would just go to hell, this just came from the garden:
Just so you know, that is an 8″ chef knife for comparison. Dad and I will be using one head tonight with the peppers for some stir fry. Yum!
*** Update ***
No stir fry- had an orzo salad with tomatoes, cukes, basil, and pepper, steamed broccoli with a little salt, pepper, and tarragon, and grilled sea scallops. The vast majority from our collective gardens.
Most impressive sir!
Good looking peppers too.
If you plant broccoli and brussel sprouts NOW you can harvest them in the fall. Fall broccoli is even easier (fewer bug pests) and tastier.
Lovely. FTR, I was never one of those doubters, Cole. I know that you can grow stuff even if everyone else tells you that you can’t. John and I found that out when everyone told us that our asparagus would never work out. We didn’t share any of that bumper crop of asparagus we had with any of the doubters.
Well, good on you, then. I’m guessing it’s not 102 degrees there, in that case…
Looks like a topview of 3 peoples’ brains in the background.
wow. I wish I could get broccoli like that at Whole Foods or Giant.
If this isn’t strictly a vegetable thread, I thought I would share this:
It’s just hilarious on so many levels. I never heard of this guy, but he’s like a mirror image, right wing version of Greenwald, using Greenwaldian dialectic (complete with Greenwaldian verbosity), to attack Greenwald.
It’s like some anti-matter sci fi phenomenon. For each Greenwald there is an equal and opposite unGreenwald. Or something.
Congrats, Mr. Cole. Those are beautiful. I’m envious, here in Vegas, trying desperately to keep my poor tomatoes alive in hell.
nice crop, be sure and soak the broccoli in salt water. you’ll be amazed at how many wormy/buggy things crawl out.
Best recipe for both broc and green peppers: Washed well, chilled, and eaten raw.
licensed to kill time
I believe in the Garden of Cole! All hail to the broccoli!
WTF? Did you mix in steroids with the fertilizer?!
I will agree with the suggestion to soak it in salt water first. Those tight broccoli heads are home to many broccoli loving creatures you might not want to eat.
Beautiful harvest though!
Nothing like dog pee to swell up crowns of broccoli…
We didn’t say you couldn’t grow huge mutant broccoli, we said you shouldn’t.
Cole, you’re getting soft. Where is the, “Hahaha, suck on it, bitchez. Look at mah broccoleeeeees!”
P.S. Nice veggies.
@asiangrrlMN: You’re up early?
I don’t want no blogger scandal at this here blog.
I will gladly and bravely volunteer to go to WV to observe the picking, transporting, and photoshopping, umm, I mean photographing, and pic posting of Cole garden veggies. Just to avoid another blogger ethics panel.
Oh yeah. I forgot about the taste testing. I also volunteer for taste testing (You think Tunch eats a lot? Just wait).
Congratulations on the veggies.
The Moar You Know
Grew my own broccoli here in San Diego a few years back. Not one of my favorite veggies, but it grew quite well and had a taste quite unlike any store-bought broccoli I’ve encountered.
Gotta agree with whoever upthread said to eat it raw. It’s great that way.
Well, dang me. I didn’t believe you could grow broccoli in your climate. Have never planted it here in NJ cuz I figured it was too hot.
Course the only crop we’re getting this year is basil since the #!)(%*2309# groundhogs ate everything, the little bastards.
Maybe I’ll try broccoli next year if we succeed in killing off the big rodents.
In the meantime, I feel like coming down there and mugging you for the veggies.
Gah. You’re going to mug down with him for the veggies??
Surely there’s another option!
Let’s us not forget to laud Cole’s choice of cutlery! Very fine chef’s knife/tanto. Did that knife come with a steel hone? Don’t cut yourself, Grace!
Those brocs have a severe case of the hugez.
my garden has done extremely poorly this year. The broccolli never flowered; 3 of the 6 tomato plants got hit with blight. The spaghetti squash has died. I don’t know wtf happened.
The broccoli looks delish. Love a good vegetable stir fry over rice (tofu as a meat replacement, plz).
Mmm…pesto. Made the best batch of pesto evah on Monday. We have three basil plants and each is doing wonderfully, one is the size of a small tree.
Big ass (figuratively) broccoli.
Big ass (literally) cat.
Is there a pattern developing here?
Well, it is rather suspicious that we’ve never seen Mr. Cole’s big ass.
Beautiful veggies! Congrats!
Fixed myself a black iron skillet pizza for lunch with fresh basil, rosemary, onion, tomato, and tam peppers, from the garden. It was, in short, wonderful! I ate over half of it. Now I’m ruined for the day.
choppin broccallay choppin brocolllay! choppin broccollay
that said, after waiting all day to eat in the swelter the last few days, i had the good sense to realize the troops(girlfriend and her daughter) here needed swift and immediate nourishment…i stopped, wild hair up my ass style at the traditional deli…i dunno maybe it was the power of suggestion from the otherwise unfathomable “jews control the media” thread….
nothing like latkes, pastrami sandwiches etc, brought home as a surprise hours before anyone would think of cooking, to make me the man of the house again….
@stuckinred: I drop in the afternoon from time to time, only to disappear again until my usual late-night shift.
@asiangrrlMN: I always show up around 5:15 am and you have just left!
@Svensker: I thought you were in Seattle! Dag.
Yea! States Rights v. Hatred of Ghey Marriage Death Match!
Very impressive produce.
Has anyone seen this?
Saw it over at Sully’s place.
Oh FFS! Trying to warp the children
@Zam: never fear, the parable of the lemonade has replaced that involving the loaves and the fishes in the New ConservaBible. And, if the last thread (or Sutra) is any indication, the lemonade is made from fetuses (presumably not so much warped as pureed).
Love the bigass broccoli (ours always bolts in summer-too hot) but have to parry back at the raw broccoli (and cauliflower) fans. Broccoli’s flavor is kept well under wraps unless it’s at least blanched (with or without Dubois sauce). Not to mention you deprive yourself of the brilliant neon green it attains (immediately prior to becoming overcooked).
Unlike last year’s abject failure (curse you Obama!!) we’re going to be inundated with tomatoes this summer, and that’s good enough for me. Two kinds of peppers too, and I’ve not yet killed the tarragon and basil. As usual the limes will be tardy for G&T season, but there’s no reasoning with a tree.
Those Broccoli could be some of our commenters. I will stop there.
So you’re saying The Jews have branched out and now control The Delis as well as The Media?
David in NY
UN-possible! It’s photoshopped, I say!
@jl: Seems I was beat to it.
@General Stuck: You’re my horse if you never win a race!
I have a hard time getting over the part where he intentionally stops for the young entrepreneurs, even though they got all their start up costs paid for by the parents. But if they give it away for free they are a bunch of fucking commies.
Broccoli: Nature’s little colon brush.
@Zam: Yup. I think they declared Psychopath Pride month or something. Look for a parade near you.
@machine: I never could describe the taste properly. I think you’ve nailed it.
David in NY
@Zam: @scav: @Rosalita:
The lemonade scandal reminds me that, in about 1970, which was still the ’60s in Ann Arbor, I shared a house not far from Michigan Stadium, and all the neighbors made a few bucks (or more) charging
peoplerich alumni to park in their yards during games. One week-end, as a gesture to expiring hippiedom, we decided to just give away free parking. But oddly, many, even most, people declined our offer. They looked at us oddly, figured there must be some angle they were missing, and drove away to be gouged by a neighbor.
People react oddly when they actually encounter the free lunch.
its really only the next logical step….next thing you know, observational comedy!
I suggest a cool water soak with some salt. It will get the little beasties that hide in beautiful broccoli out…unless you like protein
Good things come in big packages ?
completely ot, but too funny not to pass along … guess who???
That was the good ole days. Altho I hear from the rellies that it was 90 in Seattle today — and no one has A/C.
I did, and you should too. Let’s Pharyngulize this beyotch.
Um, where’s tonight’s menu?
A veggie thread? Ok, I won’t mention the lasagna. Here are some pickled veggies, though.
Good lord, I would have never guessed.
So which is she, blonde or brunette? Enquiring minds….
I make a delightful broccoli salad:
2 crowns, blanched & chopped
add in 1/2 cups chopped bacon, raisins, pecans, onions
dressing is 3/4 cup mayo with 1 1/2 tbl lemon juice OR wine vinegar (if you want it pink) and I use 1 packet of Splenda, sugar to taste if that freaks you
Supposedly from Mayberry’s Aunt Bee.
Amazing. Never would have guessed. IMO, she looks a million times better now.
And the delicious part of this is that the Judge’s argument is pretty much the standard Tenther argument, but with a conclusion completely contrary to the majority of the Tenther ideology. I wonder who will be the first right-wing Tenther troll to condemn this ruling as an example of “Activist Judges”.
And apropos of nothing, don’t exclusionary federal laws like DOMA violate the Equal Protection clause of the 14th amendment? Anyone here with a Constitutional Law background care to enlighten me?
isn’t that photo a hoot … she looks like a member of the junior league.
Not quite. The Jews, of course, have always controlled the Delis. It’s the delis which control the media.
Who eats dinner this early?
The pearls !!
I am now so intrigued by this theory that I am seriously considering subscribing to your newsletter.
@bkny: the mole on the neck was a dead giveaway.
If you’ve figured out how to grow sea scallops in your garden, I really want to know the secret.
It’s the octopus’ garden. In the shade.
when you are hungry, you eat! and when its hot you skip eating lunch. and when you live in a house built in the 20s, no central air.
or at least not with out major renovation, or without major expense for minor effectiveness.
“the garden” is what John calls “Whole Foods”
@stuckinred: Aw! Wait, where are you? If you are East Coast, I am usually still around at that time.
@bkny: Oh. Mah. Gawd. That’s hilarious! She was a pretty princess back then, wasn’t she? She’s much hawter now.
@scav: Your comment made me giggle. That’s a death match I would love to see.
Late to teh party as usual.
Never mind the steaming, roast it for something different.
Cold salt water soak. let dry
Break into florets, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or so.
Very tasty. Works with cauliflower too, just takes a few (10 or so ) more minutes.