Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Gardens at Monticello

We recently visited Charlottesville Virginia for a weekend, it was an almost half way point to catch up with my brother and sister in law who live in DC. As a gardener I have always wanted to visit the gardens at Thomas Jeffersons Monticello he was an avid collector of plants on his travels and vegetable gardener in fact he grew 330 vegetable varieties in Monticello's 1000-foot-long garden terrace. There were also 170 fruit varieties of apples, peaches, grapes, and more that grew in the orchards. The gardens are now a gene bank for the world preserving historic varieties of fruits and vegetables. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

This is a tasty and nutritious recipe, and one pot meal. Quinoa is a seed used like a grain from Bolivia that is high in protein. It worked well cooked as a pilaf with vegetables. When we visited family in the UK over the summer I have a fond memory of my Grandma ordering butternut squash and quinoa at a restaurant she really enjoyed it and I loved that she is willing to try new things. Sometimes foods with unfamiliar names can seem intimidating but once you try and learn a few ways to prepare them, you may be surprised to enjoy them and add them to your cooking repertoire.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tips for Starting a School Garden

Just over a year ago I became a Master Gardener Volunteer after completing a course at my local Cooperative Extension office. I have enjoyed volunteering at various gardens over the last year and the farm at the children's home in Winston Salem. I would say my passion is always in growing vegetables that's what brought me to the farm. I started helping in the Global Garden at Clemmons Elementary about a year ago too I would say mostly weeding and dropping hints that we needed a vegetable garden.

As a registered dietitian and gardener I feel growing vegetables with kids is amazing. I have a few raised beds at home and love how excited the kids get picking and enjoying ripe tomatoes, snap peas and more. They feel proud that they helped grow it and love the taste. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash and October Bean Soup

This is the time of year for soups as the weather cools down and the abundance of winter squash makes them so easy to make. Nutrient dense and flavorful winter squash makes the perfect addition to soups. In North Carolina you see October beans this time of year, these pinto like beans are also great  in soups rich in protein and fiber.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Smokey Pork Tenderloin with seasonal vegetables

This was my first time making pork tenderloin in the summer when we flew to England we took a sweet lady Jean with us and she had made some and was snacking on it at the airport, hubby and the kids liked it. Later she brought some over to the house for me to cook. I had purchased some peat smoked salt in Scotland and figured it would go well with this. Its a nice cut of meat very moist and paired well with rice and sautéed vegetables. I added some tomatoes to make a little of a sauce. 


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