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May 22, 2009

dinner from the backyard

I learned something this year. Something that I’d never really considered up until this point.

Plant more than a few summer squashes.

See usually I plant one or two zucchinis. Maybe a patty pan. Mostly for insurance sake because if everything else fails, you can always count on good old zucchini to produce. So reliable. But this year, with the new raised beds and no wedding to occupy every last second of the summer, I’m taking my garden a little more seriously. And by seriously I mean stuffing it full of everything I can. Including A LOT of summer squash.

And the good thing about lots of summer squash is that you don’t feel bad picking them when they are teeny and delicious. Behold, ingredients for dinner:

That celery top looking herb is lovage. If you aren’t familiar with lovage, we should have a little talk. It is so delicious and different and sweet and salty and weirdly a little like cardamom(?), if cardamom was crossed with parsely, and it makes everything taste exiting and divine. Last year my lovage didn’t fare well, but this year I could make lovage juice.

The tricky thing about lovage is finding it for sale. Farmer’s markets would be your best bet. Especially if you have a stand that specializes in greens and herbs. If you can’t find it, you can always grow it from seed in a pot. Which seems like an awful lot of fuss for one ingredient, but I’m telling you, it is completely worth it.

And luckily it goes nicely with summer squash and a little bit of butter.


  1. erin kate said on May 22, 2009

    looks delish!

    i jam packed my raised garden bed too…can’t wait til it’s time to harvest!

  2. Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said on May 22, 2009

    Please tell me you did something super yummy with that squash blossom I see. They are my favorite! I’ve had them three times in three weeks. Two stuffed with goat cheese and tons of herbs and another with ricotta and mint. So good.

  3. Amanda said on May 25, 2009

    Snif, missing my garden, and oh-so happy about yours. Lovage is so yummy.

  4. jenifriend said on May 26, 2009

    as much as i am loving planning my wedding, this is something i’m looking forward to embracing afterwards…my inner green thumb only extends to three herb plants at my kitchen windowsill at the moment.

  5. Jennifer said on May 26, 2009

    Have you posted pictures of your new raised beds yet? i’m really curious to see how they turned out.

  6. Lisa said on May 26, 2009

    I have a huge crush on your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  7. Kwana said on May 27, 2009

    I really need to work harder in my garden. Love your blog.

  8. Carol said on May 27, 2009

    How fantastic! I started growing my own herbs and I would love to do veggies some day

  9. A Stylish Presence said on May 27, 2009

    Thank you for the inspiration, I started my own garden (from seeds) this year. It didn’t go so well, but I’m inspired now to try, try again!

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