Holy shit, some people are assholes. Thank goodness these people won the legal battle to plant produce in their front yard. Jebus forbid!
Okra. Bell peppers. Cherry tomatoes. Jalapeños and squash.
Those are some of the vegetables that Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll, planted in front of their home in Miami Shores, Fla., on Monday.
That’s the day a Florida law went into effect that nullifies local bans on vegetable gardens at residential properties. It was one of those ordinances that had forced the couple to uproot a garden that Ricketts had tended for 17 years.
Ricketts had her vegetable garden in front of her home because that’s where the sun is, as NPR’s Greg Allen reported in 2013: “[H]er house faces south and her backyard is mostly in the shade. A retired architect, originally from Jamaica, Ricketts says she gardens for the food and for the peace it brings her.”
“This is a peach tree that I put in, and around it, I had kale, and in between the kales, I had some Chinese cabbage,” Ricketts said then. “And I also had Swiss chard, yellow Swiss chard.”
Drop by my kitchen to cook a fun Mediterranean salad with yours truly!
There are occasional foods I lean toward organic for, but for the most part, I’m fine with non-organic produce. We eat smoothies every morning for breakfast and I imagine we’d go broke if we ate ONLY organic.
Our lettuce tends to be primarily organic, but the fruits we add generally are not. Organic lettuce in bulk is usually a little less pricey.
Anyway, check out this video to see what it says about this debate.
I don’t know why Mel Magazine chose to write about and rank 18 veggies from Asparagus to Blooming Onions (in this article), as if there aren’t any decent vegetables between straight corn and a breaded, fried onion. But it’s good to get veggie encouragement.
I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, and his discussion of corn growth and consumption is spot on with this article. Although there are hundreds of veggies left off the list, I think.
1. Asparagus: “This tasty green stalk comes in first place on my vegetable ranking,” Friedman says. “Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting and building strong bones.” Friedman also mentions that asparagus provides vitamin A (which prevents heart disease), vitamin C (which supports the immune system), vitamin E (which acts as an antioxidant) and vitamin B6 (which, like vitamin A, also prevents heart disease).
What an excellent source of kitchen information for all my home chefs out there.
I always chuckle when I see those $50 mini crème brûlée propane torches sold by retail kitchenware stores. They perform like dinky little toys, boasting very little of the fuel capacity and firepower of their heavier duty counterparts. Do yourself a favor: if you want a torch in your kitchen, do what the pros do and buy a full-size one at a restaurant supply (or, frankly, a hardware store). They’re easy to use, safe (as with anything, just follow the instructions), and will deliver enough flame to keep you fired up for years to come. I’ve seen them sold for as little as $15.