Posted on August 7, 2011 by therunninggarlic
We have changed our moving plans and will be heading out-of-town sooner than planned. The internet provider where we are going can be unpredictable and I want to make sure I have the winners picked and the garlic mailed to them before we leave. So with that the Garlic Giveaway winners will be picked August 12 and have 48 hrs. to contact me. You can leave a comment on this post or the previous Garlic Giveaway post. There is also a post at the Growing Phases Farm blog where you can leave an additional comment. A total of two winners will be picked – one from each blog.
Thanks and Good Luck!
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Posted on April 3, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Some of the garlic I have from last season is starting to sprout and it makes sense since the garlic out in the ground is sprouting also. It must sense that it’s time to grow! At this point, the garlic is still very edible but it has lost its youthfulness and freshness. I decided to dry some up in the Excalibur dehydrator and save it this way. I will take it a step further and powder it for simple sprinkling into recipes.
This garlic press/slicer I found and purchased over the summer has been a true time saver! Previous to buying it, I would cut each individual clove into slices and it did take forever. Now I just pop the clove in the garlic slicer and presto …. nicely sliced garlic!
Patiently awaiting their time in the Excalibur
Here we have the garlic sprouting outside …
Planted in October to be harvested in July!
Make sure to add your recipe to Munchie Monday tomorrow. I will be adding Garlic Herb Croutons … easy, easy!
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Posted on February 8, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I finally started work on my Gardening List for the coming 2011 season. Although I have notes and little reminders here and there, it’s time to pull it all together and get organized.
In previous years I have included my list on the above tab “Gardening” and will continue this year. My biggest challenge when planning for the coming season is the fact that I am torn between two homes which are a travel distance of 5 hours apart. I have learned over the past few years that you really have to be on location when gardening and if you are gone for several days in a row, you need to have someone look after all your plants. This little tip hit hard last summer when I was gone for 2 weeks and the weather scorched out at 115 degrees and did a number on every little and big plant I had growing. It was a painful experience and still very clear in my thoughts. So as I look through my seeds, I have to first decide where I will be spending most of my time and if I do leave; will the plants survive.
The garlic was planted October, 2010 – 500 bulbs here up North and about 300 down South. They are sleeping well underneath the huge layer of snow right now and will wake up as Spring approaches. Mid-July I will be harvesting all the garlic and then it will cure (dry out) for about a month. The 5 varieties growing this year are Chet’s Italian, Inchelium Red, Chrysalis Purple, Persian Star and Chesnok Red.
This year I intend to grow more Sunflowers. They have always amazed me and I find them such a daunting yet graceful (in their own way) flower. I have my seeds all ready and waiting the exciting season ahead … Chocolate Cherry Sunflower, Junior (good for containers), Cinnamon Sun, Autumn Beauty and I am trying the Edible Snack Seed Sunflower also.
I will be working on “the list” today and although I have my updated version posted, I still have to decide what to plant where and most importantly … Where am I going to be?
Will it be Munchie Monday or Menu Monday … that is the question! The poll is still open for your vote ! Make sure to have your recipe ready for Monday … when the fun begins!!
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Posted on September 10, 2010 by therunninggarlic
Yes … Garlic Muffins! Never heard of them until the other day when I decided to do a search and sure enough there is such a thing AND they are addicting! I ate 2 fresh out of the oven with a slab of butter …..yummy!
Garlic Muffins – Add 2 cups of flour with 3 teaspoons of baking powder. Beat up one egg, add to that 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup melted butter. Combine the flour mixture with the liquid mixture and 4 minced garlic cloves. Fill muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. So Good! My next batch I may add some shredded zucchini … why not, it’s waiting on something!
I also have been using a very simple dressing for my salads – it consists of only 3 ingredients. Olive oil, red wine vinegar and minced garlic. Mix together and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours so the flavors can blend and then just drizzle atop your salad and fresh veggies from the garden!
This morning I tried a little experiment which went so so. I had crescent rolls in the refrig. for some time now and decided today was the day to use them. I obviously didn’t observe the use by date on the can and the dough had lost its crescent roll ability.
So I gathered it all together and made little rolls of dough (was going to just make bread sticks) but decided to fold them into some type of form.
Actually …. the finished product looks alot like mini crescent rolls. Before I baked them for about 12 minutes at 375 degrees I brushed them with olive oil, sprinkled on minced garlic and some specks of basil. I could definitely taste the garlic, but the basil taste was very faint.
Mini crescent rolls or garlic puffs as I nicknamed them. Make sure you don’t miss the Garlic Giveaway underway right now for a chance to win some great fresh garlic! All you have to do is leave a comment here under this previous blog post along with all the wonderful folks who have done so already and the winner will be picked September 21st. Thanks to Everyone and best of luck!!!
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