First I thought I'd share a simple stew that we through together last weekend. It took just a few minutes to throw together and it was very inexpensive since it used home canned tomatoes and stew beef.
We started with some local grass fed beef (from Stringtown grocery in Kalona) dredged in flour, salt and pepper.
Once everything got nice and brown, we tossed in a jar of tomatoes and some bay leaves.
After three hours simmering away on the stove, we got a thick rich broth with tender beef and vegetables. The broth had great body and the beef was falling apart. We sopped it all up with crusty bread and were more than satisfied.
I'd also like to show you the seeds I bought for this year! I'm teaming up with a couple friends to grow more than my garden can hold, so some of this will be in the yard and the rest will be just a few blocks away.
From Baker Creek:
Thai Sweet Basil
Tokyo Long White Bunch Onions
They also sent a free packet of Parisienne Carrots, which I can't wait to try!
From Seed Savers Exchange, I got
Lemon Drop Tomato
Climbing French Green Bean
Green Zebra Tomato
Amish Paste Tomato
Dwarf Blue Curled Kale
French Breakfast Radish
Bee's Friend Flower
I'm going to be starting things as soon as possible (though I'm already behind by not having started yet, according to the Farmer's Almanac) and I'll be taking photos and sharing them here.
Until then, check out these great posts and link up your own! Remember we four host the hop:
Diana at A Little Bit of Spain in IowaWardeh at GNOWFGLINS
and Annette at Sustainable Eats