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Meadowlark

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If you have never seen/used a bean/pea sheller, it is a wonder to behold. Two 5-gallon buckets of peas shelled in 10 minutes.

So much easier than by hand.

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Meadowlark

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Processed the second planting of corn today...pick, shuck, par boil, remove from cob and freeze. Takes us about two hours to work through about 100 ears of corn. One more planting to go:

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Plums make an absolutely wonderful jelly. I don't know how she makes it, but a local lady anxiously awaits my ripe plums (and even the green ones) every year and in return she gives me several jars of wonderful jelly.

Plums are easy to grow but do need a pollinator...and it helps to know someone who is expert at making jelly.


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Sorry but we prefer it sans cilantro.... must be a Texas thing :)
 
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Corn for the day, bell peppers, and eggplant on the menu. I still haven't found a really good way to use eggplant but lasagna isn't bad

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Papoutsakia (which means "little shoes") is a Greek recipe:
Make a sauce with whatever Mediterranian veg you have, onions garlic oregano & basil a must, bell peppers are great, but zucchini also works if you want a vegetarian dish, otherwise ground beef. Salt & pepper how you like it.
Halve the aubergines long ways & rub with lemon.
Oil a tray & place aubergines, skin up on the tray.
Brush the skins with veg oil & place in middle of pre-heated oven (180C/350f/gas6) for 25-30 mins
When you take them out of the oven, & turn them over, you should be able to create a good hollow in the flesh.
Turn oven up to max.
Generously overfill this with the sauce & grate cheese over it.
Kefalotyri is the original, but any mild hard cheese (Mild Cheddar in UK/Monterrey Jack in US.)
Return to oven until cheese bubbles & starts to brown.
 
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