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No Soup For You! [the answer]

Baby Heirloom & Cucumber Salad[The possible question]…What’s for dinner? [Answer]…No soup for you! Yes, we quote Seinfeld in our house, what can I say, we were fans!  So this is a day of no soup, no salad, no steak, no pasta, etc. I know this is a cooking blog, but the “lack of cooking” can be about cooking too, right? 🙂  Dinner tonight will just be a simple meal of Bratwurst cooked on the grill, with an onion and bacon chutney [okay, there’s a wee bit of cooking today]. It happens to be an easy, favorite recipe of mine from chef Michael Symon [link @ end of post]. If you should decide to make this recipe, whatever you do, do not skip the chutney. It is fabulous! It is great on a hamburger too. Make it, you won’t regret it. They will be served with leftovers..yes, leftovers. We have some odds and ends safely stowed away in the refrigerator from last night’s dinner. You see, one of Glenn’s brothers and his family came over yesterday. Their family of four, with our family of four, made a great evening/dinner for eight. We had a wonderful meal, many of those recipes are coming soon, and there are some yummy side dishes left to consume. One dish, a tomato and cucumber salad is pictured here. It’s just a simple side of peeled and chopped cucumbers, heirloom baby tomatoes sliced in half, an olive oil & white balsamic vinaigrette, chopped fresh herbs, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I prep about 1/3 of a cucumber and six small [cherry/pear] tomatoes per person if a side dish. Delicious and seasonal!

So today, instead of focusing on recipes and documenting dishes with photos, I did something else. I worked in my yard and in the gardens. My veggies, herb, and flower gardens have all been ignored lately. They were crying out for attention. I started this blog less than three weeks ago [and absolutely Loving it] but have ignored many other aspects of my life – whoops! The herbs were growing in sidewalks cracks [why is mint so invasive?], weeds were choking out my flowers, and the deer have be-headed more than half of my lily’s! Now, everything is once again taken care of and I made some wonderful discoveries in the process. Enjoy my “sights”!

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Michael-Symon-Beer-Brats
A sight I have never seen before, the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or the Hummingmoth. It was remarkable! I didn't even know what it was until I looked it up!

A sight I have never seen before, the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or the Hummingmoth. It was remarkable! I didn’t even know what it was until I looked it up! [It’s pictured left of center, click photo to enlarge.]

A bunch of grapes in my future!

A bunch of grapes in my future!

The last of my golden raspberries

The last of my golden raspberries

Blackberries almost ready to eat

Blackberries almost ready to eat

A busy bee pollinating a Cosmo

A busy bee pollinating a Cosmo

Basil, parsley, oregano, mint, thyme and sage

Some of my herbs: basil, parsley, oregano, mint, thyme and sage

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  1. Pingback: Fiesta Friday Challenge #1: Chutney Beer Loaf & Rolls | feasting with friends

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