Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

September 7, 2009

Grandma's Kitchen: Over-the-sink sandwich

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I'm glad this area celebrates our food and appreciates our hard-working farmers.

So today was special -- maybe a bore for some folks, but just my speed.

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I've talked to some of you who are making gardens for the first time in years, and some for the first time ever. You love the excitement of walking out early in the morning while the dew is still shimmering on the plants and checking the baby cucumbers to see how much they grew during the night. The zucchini is like manna -- new every morning. I'm not sure that's not what the Israelites ate on their journey; no wonder they grumbled!

My neighbor Greg brought me some of his shiny green "first fruits" yesterday. It's his first garden in years and he is loving it and already hoping to enlarge next year ... way to go!

So for all you budding farmers I found a simple but important tip. Since you don't want to put chemicals on your food supply, try this organic insecticide to outsmart your bugs. Peel one whole head of garlic, combine with two cups of water in the blender and blend on high until the garlic is finely pureed. Store mixture in a covered container for one whole day, strain out the pulp and add one gallon of water. Put in a sprayer (mister) and spray the bottoms and tops of your plant leaves. Use weekly. The insects don't like the smell and will keep off. Good luck!

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We had a visiting granddaughter and family this week who are all vegetarians. I hate to prepare the same dishes every time they come, and really work at giving them ample protein. This is an old reliable dish for a lot of folks, but the first time I'd tried it they said it was good. What else could they say? It's a complete protein.

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