Welcome to day 29 of 30 Days to a Food Revolution. Today’s guest blogger is Andrea. Andrea Meyers writes about cooking and edible gardening at her blog Andrea Meyers: cooking, gardening, & four hungry guys, and she enjoys teaching about both. She has many years of experience in education and has had organic gardens for 13 years. Andrea is the founder of the blogging event Grow Your Own, which showcases dishes made with foods people have grown, raised, hunted, or foraged themselves, and is a contributor to GoodBite.com. Recently she was named one of the Top 50 Mom Food Bloggers by Babble.com.
Andrea’s Recipe: French Green Beans with Prosciutto and Pine Nuts
Andrea’s Tip: Grow Your Own
Gardening is one of the things that brought my husband and me together. When we first met he had huge heirloom tomato plants in his yard and I had several pots of tomatoes and herbs on my apartment balcony, so it was natural for us to talk about what we liked to grow and eat. We’ve always had an edible garden of some sort no matter where we lived, and now we are turning our backyard into an organic edible landscape with vegetables, herbs, and fruit and nut bushes and trees. We like to grow our own food because we know it is carefully grown without pesticides and fed only with nutritious homemade compost, and because our children are learning where food truly comes from, not just the grocery store shelf.
That’s why my tip is to grow your own food whenever possible. Even if you don’t have room for an outdoor garden, you can grow a few herbs in a pot to add flavor to your cooking. If you aren’t sure what to grow, start with your favorite dishes and find out what herbs are used in those. Then get a window box or two—you don’t need huge pots to grow herbs—fill them with a light organic potting mix, and then add the plants or sow some seeds. My favorite herbs for containers are cilantro, basil, mint, and sage. If you happen to have some outdoor space where you can plant, try some perennial herbs such as chives, oregano, sage, and possibly rosemary (depending on your location) that will give you lots of flavor year after year. Based on our experience, we think the best herbs for growing from seed are mint, basil, cilantro, chives, sage, and oregano. Parsley and rosemary are challenging to grow from seed, and I think it’s just easier to buy the plants.
Sage is one of my favorite herbs because it has such an interesting flavor and texture. Our sage keeps going every year and even survived the recent record setting winter blizzards, and it adds a wonderful fragrant flavor to French green beans. This green bean dish is very easy to prepare with widely available ingredients, so even if you aren’t yet growing your own, you’ll be able to find them at a grocery store or market near you.
You can find the recipe and more gardening tips at Andrea’s site.
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