I spent a lot of time on the garden this weekend. Here are a couple pictures of the progress so far. I have the following vegetables planted so far. I will post a longer list of activities as the season progresses.
- Better Boy Tomatoes (5)
- Big Boy Tomatoes (5)
- Yellow Hierloom Tomatoes (2)
- Goliath Tomatoes (6)
- Green Onions
- Crowder Peas
- Lima Beans
- English Peas
- Silver Queen white corn
- Yellow Squash
- Zuchinni Squash
- Hot pepper mix
- Sweet pepper mix
Variety: Winter Festival
Sown indoors: 29th March 2013
First Seedling: 11th April 2013
Germination: 13 days
A co-worker of mine recently stopped by my office and asked me to say the first thing that comes to mind when he says “Chicken Bog”. I really had no reply because my mind started racing to figure out what a Chicken Bog really was. I didn’t want to look dumb but I believe my expression gave me away this time. :)
I really thought this had something to do with chicken manure or something for the garden but alas, it has little to do with gardening or manure. I did a quick search this evening for more information about Chicken Bog and this is what I found…
CHICKEN BOG RECIPE
- 6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (3 pound) whole chicken
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage of your choice, sliced
- 2 tablespoons Italian-style seasonings
- 2 cubes chicken bouillon
Place water, salt and onion in a large pot. Add chicken and bring all to a boil; cook until chicken is tender, about 1 hour.
Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove skin and bones and chop remaining meat into bite size pieces.
Skim off fat from cooking liquid and measure 3 1/2 cups of this chicken broth into a 6-quart saucepan. Add rice, chicken pieces, sausage, herb seasoning and bouillon to this saucepan. Cook all together for 30 minutes; let come to a boil, then reduce heat to low, keeping pan covered the whole time. If mixture is too watery or juicy, cook over medium low heat, uncovered, until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir often while cooking.
I have been looking for this candied orange slices recipe for the last couple weeks and I think I found it, finally! It all started about 3 years ago when I was watching some videos on the NYTimes.com website made by The Minimalist. I believe his name is Mark Bittman. I know he still writes a blog over there but I couldn’t find this recipe nor the video he created anywhere.
I was finally able to find the recipe that is as close to the original as I can get. If I remember correctly, the recipe that I tried years ago took hours and hours to complete with a lot of simmering. :) This recipe seems to be much quicker so I’m going to give it a try this Sunday if I have some time. These were absolutely delicious with some vanilla bean ice cream or some sweetened mascarpone cheese.
Candied Orange Slices1 Large Navel Orange (or any citrus really) 1.5 cups water 1/2 cups granulated white sugar Let it boil for about 5-10 minutes, turning once or twice, then reduce the heat to medium and let it continue cooking for about 30 minutes turning occasionally.
The liquid will thicken and become a syrup. Reduce the heat until the oranges are at a low simmer… continue cooking and occasionally turning until the syrup is thick and the oranges are translucent but still in tact.
Remove from heat but let the orange slices remain in the pan as they cool for about 10 minutes… then remove to a sheet of wax paper to cool completely.
Here’s the link that I found for the Candied Orange Slices: http://therepressedpastrychef.blogspot.com/2008/07/candied-orange-slices.html
Just in case the blog above disappears, I’m going to print it out also. If you want to try this recipe I would recommend you print it out also. Just in Case!
I received a request from Spy Garden to check out their new blog and I’m glad I took some time to visit them. I think the bean teepee is a great idea and I can’t wait to see the melons growing in their new plots. I really enjoyed the drawings that the kids created. Check them out and give them some Likes and Follows.
I found a very cool arts and crafts blog site this weekend. It looks like the site is a fairly new blog but so far some of the articles are very interesting. The site is called Twisty Stitches @ http://twistystitches.biz
I always try to promote new blogs to my readers and would suggest that if you know of an interesting site or blog, send it my way and I will give them a looksy.
It has been a couple weeks since my last gardening post but I have been very busy with yard-work and preparing my garden plots for the Spring. I have planted some early tomato seeds along with some peppers, eggplant and squash so I can get a good start this year. The family and I spent a couple hours yesterday cleaning up some undergrowth and leaves in the lower part of the yard yesterday. It looks like the previous occupants of our house spent some time discarding their garbage at the edge of the woods so we had to contend with old water hoses and garbage underneath the leaves.
I also found a pile of metal as well as about 30 eight foot landscape timbers piled up deep in the woods. Not sure I will try to salvage the timbers because I’m sure there are some nice snakes, spiders and scorpions in that pile.
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Spicy Sausage Cornbread Pudding Recipe
I just added this recipe to my blog and I hope my readers will try it out. I was very happy with the results but I will warn you, doubling the recipe will make it better. :) You won’t regret it!