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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-21-10 11:52 PM
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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: / - maybe there are some farmer's markets close to you that you have not found.
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  -What do you put in your tossed salad? Darth_Kitten  Jun-18-10 08:34 PM   #0 
  - 100-dollar bills.  tester2010   Jun-18-10 08:37 PM   #1 
  - It depends on the dressing  Duer 157099   Jun-18-10 08:37 PM   #2 
  - Romaine lettuce.  Dr Morbius   Jun-18-10 08:41 PM   #3 
  - meat donuts  ornotna   Jun-18-10 08:41 PM   #4 
  - fresh bean sprouts, some kind of nuts or sunflower seeds  havocmom   Jun-18-10 08:52 PM   #5 
  - 25% Romaine, 75% spinach blend. Red onion.  flvegan   Jun-18-10 08:56 PM   #6 
  - fresh blueberries are nice in summer salads nt  mix   Jun-18-10 08:57 PM   #7 
  - Fresh lettuce from the garden.  femmocrat   Jun-18-10 09:05 PM   #8 
  - Lot of stuff.  hippywife   Jun-18-10 09:06 PM   #9 
  - Chopped romaine, homemade dressing, smidge of crumbled bacon, a spoonful of any kind of blue cheese,  Brickbat   Jun-18-10 09:07 PM   #10 
  - a handful of flat leaf parsley, rough chopped  grasswire   Jun-18-10 09:18 PM   #11 
  - I also like a crunchy salad.  gvstn   Jun-18-10 09:50 PM   #12 
  - .  leeroysphitz   Jun-18-10 09:52 PM   #13 
  - LOTS of tomatoes...mushrooms...3 kinds of Lettuce, onion, small pieces of ..  BlueJazz   Jun-18-10 10:01 PM   #14 
  - rat-tails.  noamnety   Jun-18-10 10:20 PM   #15 
  - what are those? green beans?  Kali   Jun-19-10 12:02 AM   #22 
     - radish pods.  noamnety   Jun-19-10 12:16 AM   #23 
        - interesting  Kali   Jun-19-10 12:58 AM   #25 
        - Just regular red radishes? This is interesting.  rurallib   Jun-20-10 08:43 PM   #69 
           - Any regular radish, yes.  noamnety   Jun-22-10 12:19 AM   #79 
  - I love all sorts of salads, but recently I've been into simplicity  Arugula Latte   Jun-18-10 10:38 PM   #16 
  - lately? Mangos!  tigereye   Jun-18-10 10:51 PM   #17 
  - Whatever hasn't wilted or grown mold.  jobycom   Jun-18-10 11:02 PM   #18 
  - Had this salad for supper..  zabet   Jun-18-10 11:52 PM   #19 
  - basics  Kali   Jun-19-10 12:00 AM   #20 
  - My cellmate...  MiddleFingerMom   Jun-19-10 12:00 AM   #21 
  - HAHAHA....I didn't have the cajones.  amyrose2712   Jun-20-10 08:19 AM   #63 
  - If you wonder what the veiled references are about  Mopar151   Jun-21-10 10:25 AM   #72 
  - Marinated Artichoke Hearts  Captain Boomerang   Jun-19-10 12:23 AM   #24 
  - I like it without any dressing at all. I like the taste of lettuce.  Bucky   Jun-19-10 01:01 AM   #26 
  - "mixed field greens", walnuts and gorgonzola with a vinaigrette  Flaxbee   Jun-19-10 01:33 AM   #27 
  - seasonal fruit and berries  Sisaruus   Jun-19-10 06:56 AM   #28 
  - Whatever's growing at the time.  rucky   Jun-19-10 07:01 AM   #29 
  - As little lettuce as possible  Cash U Nutt   Jun-19-10 07:46 AM   #30 
  - Anyone have a recipe for House dressing?  gvstn   Jun-19-10 10:00 AM   #31 
  - I'm also interested in dressings.  woo me with science   Jun-19-10 10:14 AM   #32 
  - This restaurant has a delicious salad.  gvstn   Jun-19-10 10:41 AM   #33 
  - As far as I know  hippywife   Jun-19-10 12:16 PM   #36 
     - Yes  gvstn   Jun-19-10 01:02 PM   #37 
        - Sometimes  hippywife   Jun-19-10 02:07 PM   #39 
  - spinach (never lettuce), 'maters, chick peas, croutons, red onions, shredded cheeses,  KG   Jun-19-10 11:27 AM   #34 
  - Lettuce, ham, bacon, cheese, croutons, thousand island  Tobin S.   Jun-19-10 11:44 AM   #35 
  - I forgot boiled eggs  Tobin S.   Jun-19-10 01:03 PM   #38 
  - whipped cream? honey?  IcyPeas   Jun-19-10 03:00 PM   #40 
  - Romaine, spinach, red onions, strawberries, with homemade poppy seed dressing. The YUM!!!!!  madmom   Jun-19-10 03:25 PM   #41 
  - Strawberries in salad, with nuts, feta, red onions and a fresh vinaigrette.  Darth_Kitten   Jun-19-10 10:07 PM   #54 
  - Blue Cheese!  MrScorpio   Jun-19-10 03:55 PM   #42 
  - absolutely, blue cheese!  lillypaddle   Jun-19-10 04:39 PM   #43 
  - Lots of good ones here! Mine tends to be  Flying Dream Blues   Jun-19-10 04:55 PM   #44 
  - Some people use syrup. I prefer jelly.  name not needed   Jun-19-10 05:13 PM   #45 
  - mixed greens, garbanzo beans, candied pecans, small tomatoes, and dried cranberries or cherries  Beaverhausen   Jun-19-10 06:22 PM   #46 
  - Spinach, cuke, tomato, avocado, radish, broc, red pepper..  pink-o   Jun-19-10 07:09 PM   #47 
  - My kind of salad..looks delicious!  gvstn   Jun-19-10 09:27 PM   #52 
  - I don't use lettuce for salads anymore  blogslut   Jun-19-10 07:14 PM   #48 
  - Just a reminder with spinach salads, always put in a source of vitamin C...  Darth_Kitten   Jun-19-10 10:11 PM   #55 
     - Tomatoes  blogslut   Jun-19-10 10:22 PM   #56 
  - This should be the tossed salad thread that never dies!!!  Darth_Kitten   Jun-19-10 07:33 PM   #49 
  - Spring greens or spinach, sliced sweet onion and...  GoCubsGo   Jun-19-10 07:57 PM   #50 
  - Despite two valiant efforts, I'm surprised this thread made it to 50 without being locked  petronius   Jun-19-10 09:13 PM   #51 
  - Well, as long as the ingredients remain fresh and tasty, there shouldn't be a lock.  Darth_Kitten   Jun-19-10 10:05 PM   #53 
  - Scrambled eggs  Seneca   Jun-20-10 01:23 AM   #57 
  - Scatter tiny pieces of spearmint leaves, and  begin_within   Jun-20-10 01:41 AM   #58 
  - I'm still fighting to break away from my mother's version of salad  csziggy   Jun-20-10 02:47 AM   #59 
  - I had my first iceburg lettuce wedge salad  gvstn   Jun-20-10 06:20 AM   #62 
     - But if that is all you have ever had as a salad, moving to other lettuces  csziggy   Jun-20-10 08:21 AM   #64 
        - I'm a firm believer in  gvstn   Jun-20-10 09:00 AM   #66 
        - I've got to agree with you on the arugula  csziggy   Jun-20-10 10:00 AM   #67 
           - I worked in a supermarket  gvstn   Jun-21-10 12:28 AM   #70 
              - I've always liked trying different things  csziggy   Jun-21-10 11:52 PM   #77 
        - I really enjoy using all the different greens that are available, but I still like to use Iceburg  Arkansas Granny   Jun-21-10 10:42 AM   #73 
  - Hot dogs, boiled eggs, sauysaes, sliced steak and lots of mayo and olive oil...on 1 Romaine leaf.  old mark   Jun-20-10 05:09 AM   #60 
  - BACON  cleveramerican   Jun-20-10 05:19 AM   #61 
  - One of the best salads I ever had was spinach with a hot bacon dressing  csziggy   Jun-20-10 08:25 AM   #65 
  - The dog tossed a salad last night  Po_d Mainiac   Jun-20-10 10:20 AM   #68 
  - This thread reminds me to ask about the value of salad spinners?  gvstn   Jun-21-10 03:52 AM   #71 
  - I love mine....  mike_c   Jun-21-10 10:51 AM   #74 
  - Target.  Chan790   Jun-21-10 10:56 AM   #75 
  - Thanks for your advice...  gvstn   Jun-21-10 01:12 PM   #76 
  - Different things.  cordelia   Jun-22-10 12:01 AM   #78 

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