Sunday, August 29, 2010

1st B-Patch Garden Day

In concordance with World Kitchen Garden Day, We had a succesful B-Patch Garden Day with over 40 local gardeners attending. Starting with a potluck full of dishes inspired by what we grow. Followed by demo's on all sorts of garden related topics like food preservation, composting, chicken keeping, making mason bee houses and ladybug houses. prepping your garden for winter; winter gardening and much more.
Moreover it was an oppurtunity to meet and discuss our gardens and to plant friendships and prep as a community, sharing ideas along the way.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Update on B-Patch Garden Day

Potluck -1PM
* please bring your own utensils/plates/cups* please bring a dish to share, preferably with an ingredient from the b-patch - we encourage you to bring your recipe to share with other gardeners if you wish
Demos- 2PM to 4pm
Learn about a variety of garden related topics from other b-patch gardeners including: over wintering crops, putting a garden to rest for winter, self irrigating planters, canning and storing, composting, building mason bee and lady bug houses, seed saving, and backyard chicken keeping.   
Contact Rob at or Rebecca at for more information

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zucchini Recipes

From Rebecca, here are some great resources for that famous squash! that came about from a dinner party using all zucchini recipes!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fried Green Tomatoes!

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
from Simply
3 medium, firm green tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or cornmeal
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. Let tomato slices stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place flour, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes.

2 Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip tomato slices in milk, then flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 4-6 minutes on each side or until brown. As you cook the rest of the tomatoes, add olive oil as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Carolina Kale

This recipe comes from Lana, via the MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT LOW-FAT FAVORITES Cookbook!

Carolina Kale (serves 4 to 6; total time: 25 minutes)

Cooked until just tender, bright vitamin- and mineral-rich greens
contrast beautifully with red tomatoes to make an appealing vegetable
side dish or a topping for rice.

11/2 lbs kale, collards, chard, beet greens or mustard greens
2 cups chopped canned tomatoes and their juice OR 3 cups chopped fresh
1 cup minced onions
11/2 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 tsp Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce OR 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper to taste

Wash the greens. Remove the large stems and any discolored leaves. Stack
the leaves and slice them crosswise into 1/8-inch strips.

Combine the tomatoes, onions, cumin, garlic, Tabasco, and salt in a
saucepan, cover, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the greens,
cover, and gently simmer, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes,
until the greens are tender (see Note below). Add pepper to taste and

Note: The cooking time will vary with the type and tenderness of the
greens. If necessary, add a little water during cooking to maintain
liquid in the bottom of the pan.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 29th is B-Patch Garden Day

August 29th is B-Patch Garden Day

August 29th 2-6 pm at the B-Patch (Burien Community Garden)
POTLUCK Please bring a dish inspired by your garden
DEMOS- Everything from Self Irrigating Planters to Winter Gardening
Fun and Sun at the B-Patch
More info contact Rob at or Rebecca at

Friday, August 6, 2010

PIckle Anything

Wondering how to pickle things? Readymade Magazine has a great article on fresh pack pickling and blanch and seal pickling- pickle everything! Good freshness extenders! My favorite? Pickled Red Onions(Beefmaster) with Garlic!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sustainable Burien meeting at The B-Patch

The good folks at Sustainable Burien want everyone to know that their next meeting, set for this Sunday, Aug. 8th, is being moved from the usual spot at the new library to Burien’s Community Gardens, located at 437 SW 144th Street. The meeting is Sunday, Aug. 8th from 2pm to 4pm; doors open at 1:30pm. 2pm until 4pm

This will be a chance to visit the new community garden and attend SuBu's monthly meeting.

Their speaker will be Jeanne Johnson from the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, and according to an email:

“She’ll have free green cleaning products to give away to everyone. She’ll explain how to read the labels on cleaning products and other chemicals so you know what’s really in them and can make an educated choice about what works for you. She’ll have information about how you can take care of your home using green products; cheaply, easily and effectively. She has some surprising information about what personal care products are actually classified as hazardous waste, and will have information about how to research the products you use and find alternatives if you want to. And she’ll have copies of the Grow Safe/Grow Green Guide for yard and garden care, an excellent guide that lists various products and explains what they are, how safe they are [or aren't] and helps you pick what will work best for you.”