Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Thursday, April 29, 2010

leeks, tomatoes and peppers

for the past few months, i have been experimenting with cooking techniques for vegetables. it seems that i have been drowning my vegetables for years in too much water. so, i have taken a new approach and have been working with a steamer over boiling water, as well as trying a quick sautee or even roasting them in the oven. i am finding that i enjoy the flavor of my vegetables so much more with these techniques. the leeks i made recently were cleaned very well, almost scrubbed after sliced in half and then peeled in layers, and finally cut into rings. i love to soak leeks in the sink, and they seem to come alive with their bath before cooking. i added just a touch of olive oil, some salt and then pepper and gently tossed them in a sautee pan on the stove top for about ten minutes. they were delicious with baked cod that night, along with roasted tomatoes and golden yellow peppers. i simply sliced the yellow pepper and added some grape tomatoes, with only a few sliced in half, and then baked this side dish alongside my fish in the oven. this meal was so tasty and very healthy.

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