It has been an especially lovely summer here in the Finger Lakes area of New York…one of the best I can remember. Lots of sunshine, just the right amount of rain, starry nights, rampant growth in the gardens. This past couple of weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time harvesting and preserving some of the beautiful vegetables from our garden. It has been so wonderful having fresh flavorful food just a few steps away, and I’m not about to give that up without a fight! This has had me roasting a lot of peppers and tomatoes, tomatillos, making yummy sauces (to pull from the freezer in the dead of winter), plucking huge bunches of basil to dry or freeze or turn into pesto, digging up the onions.
And of course, it also has me turning to books for both innovative and tried-and-true recipes for preserving food from the garden.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
Gardening for Good Eating, Fox, Helen Morgenthau; New York MacMillan, 1943. A marvelous book on healthy home grown foods with chapters on soil, starting seeds, planning & cultivating, forgotten vegetables, edible plants from nature, herbs, home grown teas, pests, preserving and storing food, nutritional eating, recipes.
Managing Your Personal Food Supply, Wolf, Ray, Emmaus, PA Rodale Press 1977 0-87857-121-3 Chapters on nutrition, growing your own food, raising livestock, purchasing the best food, preserving food, and using your food supply more efficiently.
Fresh from the Freezer: More Than 300 Recipes and Innovative Techniques to Put Your Freezer to Work in Wonderful Ways. Roberts, Michael; New York William Morrow 1990; 0-688-08543-1
“If you think that what a freezer does best is just store foods, this breakthrough book will be a revelation. Michael Roberts shows you how the freezer can actually improve the taste and texture of food as well as give you a head start on hundreds of spectacular dishes and generally make your life a whole lot more wonderful!
What to Do with Herbs (with an Appendix of recipes), Dennis, Mary Cable, New York E. P. Dutton 1939
Herbs: How to Grow Them and How to Use Them, Webster, Helen Noyes, Boston Charles T. Branford Co. 1947
These books are available for purchase at Old Scrolls Book Shop!
Meanwhile, Ron has been splitting and stacking cords of firewood for the long winter. We cross paths once in awhile in the kitchen or the garden!