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July 30, 2010

the afternoon harvest

Which led directly into last evening’s dinner. Quite satisfying if I do say so me-self. Most of the beets were a bit small, but their tops had started to look sad and I think the weather has turned inhospitable to our lovely red friends. I pulled them all out and figured we’d start again in the fall. Which judging by our current weather patterns, should be sometime in December. (WHEN IS SUMMER GOING TO GET HERE???)

In making last night’s din, I was reminded of a favorite Deborah Madison quote from Local Flavors (one of my favorite cookbooks, btw):

“When food is cheap we tend to treat it carelessly and wastefully. But when it’s dear, when it costs what it’s actually worth, we tend to pay closer attention to it. In this sense, good food can sharply focus our world.”

I grew those darn beet tops and one way or another (even if it took me nearly an hour to wash all the dirt and bird poop and aphids off of them), I was going to enjoy every last leafy morsel. When I buy my beets at the market, I often ask for the tops off, even though I do love them, because I sometimes can’t deal with the cleaning and trimming and preparing. But when you grow your own food, it becomes so precious that you can’t help but put in the extra effort in the kitchen.

Hence, sauteed beans and greens with garlic and butter + roasted beet and carrot salad with avo and lime + quinoa (of course) + and a teeny pile of chickpeas for protein.

You should see Brock’s face when I concoct a dinner like this. He’s like, “We’re having what exactly?” You’d think I’d offered him a plate of cheeze whiz and noodles. (Just kidding, my love. Sort of.)

(Look familiar?)

But he does his best to enjoy. And I always say, “But aren’t you IMPRESSED that I GREW all of this????” He is. He’d just prefer it if I grew margarita pizzas and everything bagels. But I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.

I’m leaving on Sunday for Yosemite for the week with my whole family, so posts might be light, or lighter than usual. But I may pop in with some photos. Ahh vacation. Or as my family likes to call it “Death by Vacation.” I’m sure some of you out there can relate. But we always have a big time.

Have a most excellent weekend.


  1. fresh365 said on July 30, 2010

    My husband does the same thing! I dont even bother telling him what I am making anymore. But I am very impressed you grew all this ;) my kind of dinner!

  2. Caroline said on July 30, 2010

    I love that quote!! I really can't get enough of your photos!! Your blog and posts are always INSPIRING!! xo

  3. jamie said on July 30, 2010

    yum yum yum can't wait for out first harvest!

  4. teedle. said on July 31, 2010

    Amazing. Simplicity at its best.

  5. Char said on July 31, 2010

    looks amazing. have a great trip

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  7. Rebecca B said on August 1, 2010

    I hate to break it to you, but it is my experience that "vacation" should really only refer to trips that do not include my dear child. When I'm with him, I prefer to call it "travel" or "visiting" so that I don't start feeling resentful that I'm not sleeping in and sitting by the pool reading a book.

  8. ashley said on August 1, 2010

    Your food is gorgeous! I wish my garden would deliver soon! Only a few sad looking tomatoes have come so far. I definitely understand how home grown food is much more dear.

  9. Shannon Mac said on August 2, 2010

    Gorgeous! I hope you survive the vacation :)

  10. Inspired Shares said on August 2, 2010

    Your blog is very lovely…I'm glad I found it today and I'll definitely be back!

    Julie xo

  11. Becs said on August 3, 2010

    Ha ha! I think that dinner looks delicious. Have a lovely holiday!

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  14. genevieve said on August 4, 2010

    So I was in a little shop here in Portland called The English Department (you've heard of it maybe?) and I saw this beautiful white silk gown, and I idly thought to myself…"That looks like Kristina from A Lovely Morning's wedding dress". And then I saw that it was an Alix + Kelly dress, and then I thought "Oh it IS her dress!" and THEEEEN I thought, "Wow. That is really weird that I know that."

    Blogland escapades! And what a choice you made. A stunner!

  15. 周志v豪 said on August 7, 2010

    Man is not made for defeat. A mean can be destroyed but not defeated...................................................................

  16. bigBANG studio said on August 7, 2010

    Look at that BOUNTY! What a truism from DM- I was introduced to some of her recipes this past year and really love her philosophy on what and how we eat. The precious little beets are absolutely exquisite and so worth toiling over the greens.

    Have a blast in Yoza Myte!

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  18. sara said on August 12, 2010

    LOVE that quote from deborah madison, so so true. Im jealous of your garden.

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