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8.16.2012

VEGETABLE BONDAGE



Right at this very moment I have 6 huge beefsteak tomatoes on my kitchen counter from my garden, with another 6 ready to be picked tomorrow.  Still on the vine are a plethora of green ones which indicate I will have tomatoes for quite some time.  Right now I also have 13 zucchinis in my refrigerator.  Yes, you read right - 13!  Human population of this house; 2.  That is a lot of vegetables per capita.  

We have had BLT's with our fresh tomatoes amped up with amazing maple bacon and the romaine lettuce we grew.  They are pretty much to die for and way better than any restaurant would serve up!  We also have consumed; broiled cheese and tomato sandwiches, turkey sandwiches with tomatoes, and I have eaten many a tortilla with a kick of real mayo and slices of right out of the garden tomatoes.  About a dozen times (me more) we have had a fresh zucchini, tomato, onion and mozzarella salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled through it.  In fact, I ate that salad 4 out of 6 meals in a two day period.  Hey, when something is good I'm all about it!

I am all about zucchini; zucchini pizza crust, zucchini bread, grilled zucchini, zucchini cake with pineapple, zucchini chocolate cake, zucchini cupcakes, raw slices on salads or dipped in ranch dressing, zucchini soup, baked zucchini/onions/tomatoes with Parmesan cheese.  Believe it or not, but raw zucchini and peanut butter are a great combination.  Try it!  I have given a fair share away trying to dwindle my vegetable stockpile to amounts that are more manageable and don't involve the use of zucchini at nearly every meal. 

Every year I plant a garden I forget that from 4 zucchini hills planted come thousands upon thousands and thousands of zucchini.  Every year I forget that 6 tomato plants produce more tomatoes than two people can consume without having to take an antacid from the over consumption of eating acid producing vegetables.  Every year, as I kneel to put seed in the ground in a bare garden, my mouth waters thinking of the first BLT made with a fresh tomato from the garden, or a bowl of raw zucchini/tomato/onion salad.  Especially do I get giddy with excitement as I cram the seeds into the ground licking my lips thinking about fresh zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting that will come froth from my crop.   My over planting in the garden is akin to going to the grocery store to buy groceries when you are hungry.  You always over buy and over spend in that famished state.

Why do I feel so overly obligated to use all that I planted?  Why can I not just say enough is enough and let the rest rot in the garden?  Why do I feel wasteful if I don't utilize what my hand planted?  How did I get in such bondage to vegetables?  That bondage is a passed on trait from my parents who plant a garden big enough to feed the county and refuse to waste one thing.  How do I get out of that bondage?!

If by chance you have any great recipes that involve either zucchini or tomatoes, I would love them.  Just email them to me under the tab CONTACT.  DO NOT though send me the recipe for tomato cake as the thought of that makes me audibly say UGH!

My husband has declared no more zucchini in raw form for him.  Evidently it is nature's laxative in him.  It's a (vegetable) colonic and some people in Hollywood pay big bucks for that procedure!

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