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Fig Love

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Life without figs would be heartbreaking.  I’ve been eating fresh figs at the end of each summer for as long as I can remember.  After all these years, I’ve become well acquainted with the two types of figs in my garden. 

The fig on the left has a mellow, honey flavor, while the one on the right has a delightfully intense sweetness .  There are so many other varieties of figs, each with their own distinct taste, color, and shape.  Do you share my love for figs?

Concord Grape Pie

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Two summers ago was the first time I baked and tasted grape pie. 

I followed a recipe in the Sept. 2008 issue of Bonappetit  to make use of the Concord grapes that grow in my backyard.  

Click here for the recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/09/grape_pie_with_lemon_verbena_ice_cream

I’m lucky to have my own supply of Concord grapes, since they aren’t so popular in supermarkets.  

Concord grapes ripening on the vine

Concord grape harvest

The pie recipe I use calls for seedless red grapes, but I suggest that you use Concord grapes.  I’ve spotted them in more markets lately.  I don’t want you to miss out on the amazing pie and the juice strained from the Concord grapes during the pie prep.  

Concord grape juice

The taste of fresh, unfiltered Concord grape juice is nothing like grape juice from a bottle.  It’s hard to describe, but my sister calls it “nature’s candy”.

Note:  I cool the grape pie for at least 1.5 hours before serving. 

 

Garlic Harvest

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My Dad and I are excited about the garlic he harvested from the garden, which I like to call “the jungle” because it’s a little wild!   

He asked me to braid the long ends to keep them together for the drying process.  I attempted to do so, but with no prior knowledge of garlic braiding I was unsuccessful.  So, my Dad and I used many pieces of string to tie the garlic together.  We now have a garland of garlic, about 4 feet long! 

Next time, I’ll follow the gardenerd’s easy technique for more professional results:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EIzZ3hAn9s