Everything on that plate with the exception of the little bit of cheddar I shredded and the blackened chicken breast is from my garden:
It was delicious. And healthy, I suppose.
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J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford
That looks delicious.
Food porn! Damn, Cole, that looks tasty. It must feel satisfying, too. Congratulations on your bountiful harvest!
The bible says, “Thou shalt not envy they neighbors ” tomatoes. Thank the Lord, you are not my neighbor.
joe from Lowell
Wow. Now that’s good eatin’.
I just had some lettuce from my planting box on my burger.
We planted several heads of red-leaf lettuce last year, but instead of chopping the head when it was ready, we just picked leaves off the bottom. This resulted in the lettuce growing up as a stalk, and eventually going to seed.
Quite the surprise to see red-leaf lettuces popping up in between the annuals we planted this year. Good thing I’ve never put anything but compost and water into that box.
Next year you need to start making your own cheese. And raising your own chickens. That way, EVERYTHING on the plate will be John-made.
(It all looks really good.)
You have a salt mine in your garden?
I’m SO jealous. My “garden” looks like an outtake from The Road.
@rufflesinc: There was no salt on anything. I did use the pepper mill, though. I turned 40- gotta watch the salt.
What are those chopped green things up in the corner? Chilies?
Oh, and I’m jealous and hating on you. A garden newbie with a green thumb. Harrumph. The only thing I’ve “grown” this year is some rotting groundhog corpsies, and that wasn’t even intentional.
And my garden got mauled by javelinas last night. Bye bye lettuce, cucumbers, and squash.
@Svensker: Hungarian yellow hot peppers.
There seems to me to be a disproportionate meat-to-vegetable ratio here.
But otherwise that looks awesome.
@Svensker: Groundhog stew can be quite tasty. Kind of greasy though. My granny used to tell me it was a different kind of chicken so I would eat it and not complain. But I knew it weren’t no chicken.
Next homemade wine?
Phoenician in a time of Romans
It looks delicious and moist. The vegetables are a lie?
Oh, wow. That looks yummy! And very healthy. I can’t wait to get my garden started. The garage stuff arrives tomorrow (it’s been in storage), so I can finally begin digging in the dirt.
A friend of mine has chickens in the backyard. She doesn’t need much space for them really. They get two eggs every morning and the chickens are like pets. One of them follows her around and sits on her lap.
Peter Daou thinks your dinner is a failure because you didn’t grow the chicken in your garden.
Several times during the 6.5 year period I was sentenced to living in the county, we had meals where everything, including the fish, came from our land/garden/pond except the bread. If the veggies aren’t home or locally grown, I just can’t eat them anymore.
That meal looks absolutely delicious, fresh, healthy and colorful. Very nice.
“You have a salt mine in your garden?”
The following year, I expect you to have a pottery wheel and a kiln so you can make your own plates.
Hah! Back atcha. From my “water garden”
@General Stuck: The country side of my extended family had a thing about the occasional muskrat……Yeah boy.
Pardon the interrupt, but Sully’s stunt doubles have gone mad.
Weigel has one post, and Bodenner two posts bitchslapping the NAACP.
My bullshytt detector is going off like mad. If the NAACP wants to callout the teabaggers for harboring racists, its cool. this is not a tempest in a teapot, but a shot across the bow. The NAACP is just sayin’ hey, gotta choose man….you can have the racists votes, or you can have youth and minority votes. Not both.
Could Weigel and Bodenner be trying to…..gasp! shape the narrative?
Sully’s goin’ to get back to his crib and find a Palin blowup sex dolls and Klan paraphernalia all over, and Frum, Bodenner and Weigel having a drum circle in the front room while trying to raise the ghost of Ronald Reagan.
Im puttin up the TNC batsignal on this bullshytt.
Oh. You’re one of those square-plate people.
Man, that looks good! I can’t wait until my MIL’s garden comes in. For now, the only thing edible growing on my property is the chanterelles.
With these guys, you have to have a taste for very high meat. Very high.
I just had a big bowl of home-grown raspberries and blueberries and was feeling all smug, but now I’m jealous.
Okay, I’m off yesterday, today and tomorrow (so I have some time to do the ribs) and have lamb ribs in the smoker and just started a mix of cabbage, onion, red bell pepper and okra on to stew.
Gonna be a good dinner.
no photos, though.
J.C. , healthy plate? The black stuff not so much. Google “Advanced Glycation Endproducts” AGE for the bad news. The tomatoes probably taste as good as they look. What variety is it and when did you plant them?
if i send you some commas, will you use them? :P
Aaarrgh, some serious garden/tomato envy here. Mine don’t even have blossoms yet.
Plus side; I do have enough arugula to feed the entire block. (This variety spreads like mint.) Other plus-it finally rained today!!!
You ain’t kidding when you called that blackened chicken.
We made (okay, the wife made) salsa yesterday. Everything from the garden, tomatos, onions, cilantro and peppers. Ran out of chips…
Weigel seems desperate to regain his con cred. Sad. I liked his previous attitude of independence.
A lot of people I know are turning 40 this year. I turned 40 last year. Good times. Although I’m not really watching my salt intake. I am trying to watch my cholesterol.. which unfortunately my own buddy is manufacturing. I have taken up running now..
6 miles so far! and boy I look good, baby.
I need advice. My Mom made the most delicious stew and it was just like your ingredients. I tried to make it. The okra got slimy. Any suggestions for the okra?
Hey I am all for sensible eating but when I go for a chicken breast I usually try for a little more than the nipple.
Are you complaining, or bragging?
My Mom’s tuning into the All-Stars game tonight.
She’s actually saying some nice things about George Steinbrenner!
Javelinas! Geez-o-pete, I thought the occasional bunny was annoying.
You have ugly plates
@ColeDBiers: Shhh! Don’t rag on Cole’s plates. He’ll get self-conscious, go out to buy new ones, and come back with a mama cat and a crate full of kittens that he found in the woods.
I looked at a tomato plant in a garden center once.
I can hardly wait.
John Cole post, summer 2011:
Y’all are FUNNEH!
I want a plate, please. Minus the chicken. Our tomatoes are slowly coming around but the leeks are another story.
That looks lovely, Cole. You will make a fine mrrptphrhhph–sheesh, OK, I won’t say it!
I had the exact same reaction. I shall now control my little green monster.
Except for the chicken and cheddar.
HRA, sorry, got distracted and went to bed.
This okra did not get slimy, but I only had about a dozen pieces of okra in the whole dish. I cut the stem end off and then cut each okra in half (crossways). I cut half a head of cabbage into rough half inch slices, had half an onion diced, and half a red bell pepper cut into a rough dice. I sauteed the onion in a tablespoon of bacon grease and then added the cabbage, okra and pepper. I added about a cup of water and about a teaspoon of dry chicken consomme. Let all that cook over medium heat, covered, for about 40 minutes.
Took off the lid and cooked for another 10 minutes or so. When served, I hit each serving with a couple of shots of hot pepper sauce.
Yum, and no slime at all.
The reason I only had a few pieces of okra left is that the rest got roasted a couple of days ago. This is the best way to eat okra, no slime at all! Hot oven, 450 or so, sheet pan, olive oil, okra….and shake the pan every once in awhile. Roast till soft and it has a few brown spots. Serve with a shot of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Great stuff!
@RedKitten: I hope your not complaining.