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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

swiss chard

straight from my garden, i harvested baby young and tender Swiss chard this week.  Swiss chard is one of the healthiest vegetables for any diet.  this variety is called bright lights and grew very nicely in my garden.  i decided to harvest this bunch that grew from seed, before my little baby garden bunny decided she needed another meal.

to prepare the Swiss chard:  chop the larger leaves, and remove the toughest part of the stalk or stem of the chard.  using about one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, add the chard and season with minced garlic to taste with a bit of red pepper.  heat for about 5 minutes, and then add some water by tablespoons if needed.  cook for another five minutes, and then add salt to taste.  just prior to serving, finish with a tablespoon of margarine.

the freshest leaves are very high in vitamins A, K and C.  this side dish complements every summer meal.

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