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Kitchen Garden Cookbook

Kitchen Garden Cookbook

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There are few things more rewarding than sitting down to enjoy a delicious meal made with fruits, vegetables, eggs, or honey harvested right outside your back door. This gorgeous cookbook is filled with inspiring recipes as well as practical information for anyone interested in growing the foods they love to eat. Whether you are an avid gardner with raised beds and a flock of chickens; grow a few herbs in pots on the kitchen windowsill; or purchase your seasonal ingredients from local farmers' markets, you'll find fresh ideas for cooking and gardening inside these pages. With a focus on the "greatest hits" of a classic edible plot—tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and berries, to name a few—author Jeanne Kelly guides you through the seasons of the garden and shows you how to plan and plant more than 40 different types of herbs, vegetables, and fruits, and to ensure that they thrive. For the more amibitious, Jeanne also gives tips and advice on raising chickens and keeping bees in your own backyard.

There are few things more rewarding than sitting down to enjoy a delicious meal made with fruits, vegetables, eggs, or honey harvested right outside your back door. This gorgeous cookbook is filled with inspiring recipes as well as practical information for anyone interested in growing the foods they love to eat. Whether you are an avid gardner with raised beds and a flock of chickens; grow a few herbs in pots on the kitchen windowsill; or purchase your seasonal ingredients from local farmers' markets, you'll find fresh ideas for cooking and gardening inside these pages. With a focus on the "greatest hits" of a classic edible plot—tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and berries, to name a few—author Jeanne Kelly guides you through the seasons of the garden and shows you how to plan and plant more than 40 different types of herbs, vegetables, and fruits, and to ensure that they thrive. For the more amibitious, Jeanne also gives tips and advice on raising chickens and keeping bees in your own backyard.

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Published by: Weldon Owen Publishing on Jan 29, 2013
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kitchengarden
COOKBOOK
J klly
Celebrating thehomegrown & homemade
 
Preparing a meal or amily or riends is one o lie’s great pleasures.
 
Sittingdown to a table laden with great ood is a delight as well—and a welcomereward or time spent in the kitchen. But nearly everyone agrees that there is joy in both cooking and eating. Can raising ruits and vegetables, and keepingchickens and honeybees, deliver that same level o happiness? The answeris most denitely yes.Gardening is undeniably hard work. It involves lots o planning, physicallabor, time, and, o course, dirt, but the payo can be huge. I have made thenecessary chores o planting, watering, eeding, and weeding part o myweekly routine, and have ound that they are more than worth the joy I eelat harvesttime. To be able to pick something or dinner rather than pick upsomething or dinner is an unrivaled experience. Caring or my chickens and bees demands plenty o time and energy, too, but when I gather eggs rom mycoop or pull a honeycomb rom my backyard hive, I know that all those longhours o work have been rewarded.In the ollowing pages you’ll nd a primer or planting many o the “greatesthits” o a classic backyard vegetable and ruit garden. There are tomatoes,o course, as nothing beats their sun-warmed, vine-plucked popularity. Inact, the desire to harvest homegrown heirlooms is what got me to put in mygarden. Everything rom asparagus, cucumbers, and lettuces to squashes,lemons, and berries soon took their place in the plot. Those rst tomatoes alsoled me to raising chickens and keeping bees, in the same way that cookingoten ollows a natural progression. For example, you might begin by makingsalad dressing and cookies rom scratch, and with knowledge accumulatedand taste acquired, continue on to baking bread with wild yeast and churningice cream. For me, baskets o yellow Brandywine tomatoes led directly to backyard eggs and honey. My hope is that you will make a similar journey.But this book is about much more than planting a kitchen garden and raisinghens and honeybees. It is also about great ood and how to make it at home,even i you don’t have a garden plot or a hive o busy bees. More than 100easy-to-prepare recipes showcase the resh, natural favors o just-picked ruitsand vegetables, arm-resh eggs, and sweet golden honey, whether rom your backyard, your local armers’ market, or your neighborhood produce store.So even i you only have space and time to grow pots o basil, oregano, andmint in a sunny window, you will nd plenty o dishes here that will inspireyou to both cook and garden at home.
 
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springpeas & fava beans
Come spring, peas andfava beans are popularin my garden and atmy table. I like to pairsweet, delicate peaswith fresh ricotta atop bruschetta or withwatercress in soup,or lime-green favaswith seared cheeseand green onions.Recruit your childrento help you shellpeas and favas. It is agreat way to piquetheir interest ineating vegetables.
how to growpeas & fava beans
selectpeas
Two main categories of peas are grown: edible pod peas that you eatpod and all, and peas that you shell. The two best-known edible pod peasare flat, broad snow peas, sometimes called Chinese peas, and sugar snappeas. Be sure to select stringless varieties for planting to save time in thekitchen. Although most sugar snaps are best when the peas are plumpbut still small, Oregon Giants, with their big, sweet, crunchy peas and thick,succulent pods, are my favorite sugar snap.The English, or garden, pea is the most common type of shelling pea. If youhave never eaten fresh-from-the garden English peas, you are in for a treatwhen you shell your first crop. They are less starchy and dramatically moreflavorful than their store-bought (fresh or frozen) cousins.
plant and maintainpeas
Pea seeds are good sized, and when the sprouts emerge, they are large andunmistakably peas. In cooler climates, plant seeds as soon as the groundcan be worked. Sow them about 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep and 4 inches (10 cm)apart in rich, good-draining, sandy soil in full or partial sun. In warmer areas,plant them in the fall. Peas are climbers, which means they need a trellis orsome other sort of support. I use the same cages for peas in the fall that Iuse for tomatoes in the summer. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Seedsbred for late and early harvests are available, and it’s a good idea to plantboth types so that you aren’t harvesting your crop all at once. Alternatively, you can stagger plantings a week or so apart. I plant 8 to 12 seeds aroundone or two cages, wait a week, and then plant more seeds around morecages. Frequent harvesting encourages more growth. Most pods are readyto harvest when they are 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) long.
plant and maintainfava beans
The fava plant, with its pale green leaves and pretty white-and-blackflowers, is a handsome addition to the garden. The large, leathery pods,6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long, grow out of the plant’s
 Jack-and-the-Beanstalk 
-like central stalk. Each pod contains 4 to 6 big flat beans.Although favas are not as easy to grow as peas, they are relativelyundemanding. They thrive in rich, well-draining soil and like cooltemperatures but lots of bright sunlight. Sow seeds 1 inch (2.5 cm) deepand 4 inches (10 cm) apart in rows 18 inches (45 cm) apart. Keep the soilaround the plants weed-free and moist, but don’t overwater. Aphidslike fava beans, so use an insecticidal soap if your plants get infested.The pods will be ready to harvest in 75 to 90 days.

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