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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Fine Website and a Handy Recipe

Arugula Pesto

The arugula is surely off the hook this week and needs to be harvested - so here's a handy arugula pesto recipe for all of you community gardeners:  (source: The Edible Garden, May 2012 edition.)

120 g or a few large handfuls of arugula or rocket.
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped/crushed
1 handful of pinenuts
Extra virgin olive oil, for proper consistency
Lemon juice (a squeeze)
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Zap the arugula in the food processor, pouring a little oil on top to weigh down the leaves and begin the sauce creation.
2) When the leaves and oil have started to form a thick sauce, squeeze in the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, a handful of pine nuts and salt and pepper.
3) Turn the processor on again and allow it to work everything together before pouring in a little more oil.  After a minute or so, turn off the processor and test the pesto.
4) Add more salt and lemon to taste, serve with pasta or bruchetta.

New School Gardens in Progress

After a bit of searching around I found this nice photo gallery of all of the school gardens, along with the Downtown Teaching Farm, that were initially funded in 2011-2012 through the State Dept. of Ed.  It's delightful to look at how kids and teachers all over the state are using this opportunity to expand their traditional classroom environment!

School Gardens in Idaho, State Dept. of Ed  (Click here to follow links)

Click each site below to view photos of each school garden program as they grow.

1 comment:

  1. Something interesting to factor in to our/your plans!
    Jim Zamzow has decided not to commercially harvest an orchard in Emmett of a commercial variety of plum with a free stone, similar to an intalian prune but larger and more marketable! This abundant supply will fall to the ground if we don't take advantage of his generous offer.
    We are all welcome to partake in this windfall bounty of goodness when the time is right and Jim will be announcing the anticipated time and such shortly. Canners prepare and think about others.
    He has a few particulars that must be abided by but in case he is shy about mentioning them, Respect the property and don't pull down the branches to make harvest easier as it tends to break off heavy limbs!!
    This can be a real adventure and treat for all who are willing to plan a harvest trip and put the bounty of the harvest to good use in our community!
    Stay tuned
    jim spicka