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Showing posts from February, 2016

Reality Bites In A Winter Garden

A vegetable garden in February is just so sad. Just ask actor Ethan Hawke, aka "Troy Dyer."

For a while we had our raised bed of vibrant carrot tops -- the Scarlet Nantes variety. Scott and I kept checking in on them, occasionally pulling a small carrot or two, just to make sure they were growing.

They have a 65-75 day maturity cycle, so since we planted them in late September... the third week of January, four inches of snow came and the green carrot tops became drab and shriveled-up.

So Scott grabbed a hoe and turned up all the dirt in the raised bed. And we found the carrots waiting for us to rescue them before they became too woody to eat.

I'd like to make a pot roast or beef stew (naturally the lazy way, in the slow cooker) with these carrots but for now a quick way to use them is Mark Bittman's recipe for Curried Carrot Lentil Soup. I can't find it online but it's an easy dish: cook up some onion, carrots. lentils, veggie stock, coconut milk, cur…