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I have been reading emails and Facebooks pages from friends and family with photos of summer fun.  I'm seeing lots of trips to the beach/lake/river with swimming and boating;pictures of ripening summer gardens and backyard barbeques. All events appear to be bathed in warm summer sun. 

Here on the Central Coast of California we are reminded of the quote from Mark Twain - "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."  Living only 100 miles south of our favorite city, we share very similar weather......and we have been freezing (well not quite) all summer!  

Our garden continues to grow massive amounts of greens of all sorts. The tomato plants are huge. One is over six feet tall and nine feet (no exaggeration - we measured it) across.

We have hundreds of green tomatoes (and one red one that we ate with an ear of our home grown sweet white corn) who are just begging for a little sunshine.  When it finally comes we will be living in tomato hell I am sure. The canner will take up constant residence on the back of the stove and tomato skins will litter every part of our lives. 

Other garden delights:

I'm calling this "bean twist."  It's amazing to see what these little plants do.

"Giant" variety pumpkin. It grows by leaps and bounds each day. There are others as well, but this is the grandaddy. I can't wait to see how big it will be by October. 

Home grown, hard stem, red garlic. Really sweet and pungent. 


Fresh Corn, Tomato, Basil & Green Bean Salad

Serves 2 veggie lovers:

1 ear of sweet corn - kernels cut from cob

1 ripe tomato

10 large basil leaves

1 cup of fresh green beans

1 large clove garlic

lemon juice

Extra virgin olive oil

Kosher Salt and pepper to taste


Steam the green beans until just tender. Dice tomato. 

Mix beans, tomato & corn kernels together. Make a dressing with the lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Serve with grilled peasant bread topped with soft goat cheese.

Mound the salad on the bread. Eat outside, in the sun, with the juices dripping off of your fingers and onto the ground.   Please send photos of your sunny times.......


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