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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-22-10 12:52 AM
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77. I've always liked trying different things
And like cooking with fresh stuff more than boxed.

Southern style greens have never been one of my favorite veggies. I like the green best when sauteed - sautee onion and garlic until soft (or even caramelized), throw in the greens (I preferred cutting them into strips), and just braise them. You can add in various seasonings - seed spices, such as mustard seed are best put in the pan first, and cooked until toasted. Balsamic vinegar is good added at the end, as is lemon zest and juice. One of the variations I tried had a sweet and sour sort of BBQ sauce mixed in.

I never really developed a single recipe - I would read lots of recipes, then adapt them to what I had on hand. But after six months of this, I never wanted to look at greens again. Maybe in a few years.

I'm lucky - I live in the South, so we get a wide variety of fruits and veggies very fresh, many locally grown. And since I am in the north part of the state, local farmers can even grow some tropical stuff. The main supermarket around here started down in Central Florida close to a lot of the produce farmers. They can buy produce and distribute it to their stores in less than 24 hours. As long as I stick to their Florida or Southeastern produce, the quality is great and the stuff is very fresh - but not as good as from the little local organic gardeners right here in town.

I wish I could put in a garden myself - we have acreage enough, but I physically cannot do it. Besides, the deer, bunnies, raccoons, possums and birds would fight me for anything edible.

I had to give up on pansies in the flower bed along the front porch since the deer and bunnies were snacking on them. Since we now have an over population of deer, I am thinking of letting a family I know take a doe or two this fall - the herd will be healthier and my flowers will thank me. I have only had venison once, so I can experiment a bit with it.

My next step is to stop buying factory farmed meat and go to the locally grown, free range chicken or grass fed beef that has become very popular around here among farmers. Since we're eating much less meat than we used to, it will not be as big a budget hit as it might have been.

Try searching here: http://www.localharvest.org / - maybe there are some farmer's markets close to you that you have not found.
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