Posts Tagged ‘Vegetarian’

Loaded Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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What to do with those tomatoes? Luckily there are tons of options! Salsa, tomato soup, just bottled tomatoes, and today we will tell you how to make your own delicious marinara sauce. This recipe is great because you can adjust it to what veggies you have ripe from your garden, or even to the veggies you like in marinara sauce. It takes quite a bit of tomatoes but not so much that you wont have enough to get this recipe made.

I was taught this recipe by my wonderful sister in law. Thanks, sis!

15 cups of prepared peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes

3 yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped

3 large green peppers, roughly chopped

1 pound of mushrooms with steams

2 cups of shredded Zucchini or squash of your choice

4 stalks of Celery, roughly chopped

2 cups of shredded Carrots

5-6 cloves of garlic (about 2 Tablespoons)

2 teaspoons of dried oregano

2 teaspoons of dried Basil

2 teaspoons of dried Marjoram

2 Beef bullion cubes

1/2 cup of vinegar (white or red wine)

salt and pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil. Saute chopped Green Pepper, Onion, Celery and 1 tsp of salt until transparent. Add Garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Mix in Tomatoes, Squash, Carrots, Mushrooms, Vinegar, Beef Bullion and Salt and Pepper. (I start with 1 Tablespoon of Salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.)

Cook for 4-6 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. (I usually put in in the crock pot at this point and cook for 8 hours on low.) When the sauce has cooked, taste test it to see if you want more seasoning or salt and pepper. Once the sauce is to your liking, puree it until smooth, then cook it for 1 more hour. If you like it more chunky, then you could puree only part of it leaving some chunks. The longer it cooks down, the thicker it will get and the more store like consistency it will have.

Then follow bottling, or freezing instructions. This usually will yield about 3- 3 1/2 quarts.

Happy Gardening!

The Secrets of Growing Huge Garlic

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Growing garlic can be somewhat of a mystery to some people, especially those who have tried to grow it, and it just didn’t turn out right. However, once a few key things are learned about growing garlic, it becomes a very easy thing to do! I love to grow my own garlic and never have to buy garlic. It is NOT hard to grow enough to last you the whole year. Here are the 3 main secretes to growing nice large bulbs of garlic:

  1. Plant the cloves in the fall. You only want to plant one little clove- not the whole bulb when growing the garlic. This will produce a bulb by the next spring. If you plant more than one clove in a single hole, then you will get 2 smaller bulbs the next year. By planting one clove, you will get a nice big bulb.
  2. Space them about 6 inches apart. Garlic dose not like competition so planting them too close to each other or to other plants will prevent the bulb from growing to the maximum size. We made the mistake of inter-planting them in the strawberry patch the first year we grew them, and they did grow, but the end results were very small bulbs the next spring.

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    This is what happens when the garlic is left and not harvested, or planted too close.

  3. Keep planting them every year. Over time, your garlic bulbs will get acclimated to your yard and by planting mostly large cloves, you will harvest nice big bulbs. Our bulbs have gotten bigger each year. I harvest them in June- dry them by hanging them over the cucumber trellis then in October I take a few bulbs and separate the cloves and plant enough to last all year the next year.

I do not worry about watering them through the winter and spring- just when it starts getting hot. However some warm dry climates might need to water them if there is no source of moisture for the bulb through the winter. Growing garlic is so easy and fun to do once you understand these three essential things, just remember to plan ahead as you are harvesting last years planting with garlic.

Happy Gardening!

Why Should I Stagger Planting My Vegetables?

farmers_market, harvesting vegetables from the garden, why should I stagger planting my garden, when do I harvest, when should I plant my garden, When planning and planting a garden, why is it said to stagger planting some of my veggies? There are some vegetables that produce lots and lots of fruit and keep producing for a good portion of the year. Like tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. However there are some Continue reading