Preserving the Harvest: Recipes from Our Contributors

apple pie

Nothing says fall like homemade apple pie!

Our Northern Gardener writers and photographers are all very good at what they do, and many of them are also really good cooks. If you check out their personal blogs, you’ll often find a few recipes worth trying. In our week of harvest recipes and ideas for preserving the harvest, we just have to share some of them.

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, who writes our Pushing the Zone column, blogs at The Garden Buzz and her recipes reflect the many places she has lived and the many places she has traveled. For a late-summer, refreshing side dish with lots of mint, try her Fattoush Salad with grilled chicken or other grilled meat. She also makes a mean pie, as does her food-blogger daughter.

Our Sustainable Gardener columnist Eric Johnson writes a blog called Garden Drama and frequently includes recipes. We love his Best Tomato Soup Ever and like any pesto fanatic, Eric has his own take on the basic recipe. (He uses sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts!)

Meleah Maynard, our Perennial Favorites columnist, doesn’t have many recipes on her blog, Everyday Gardener, but she has great instructions for carving a Jack-o-Lantern out of a turnip.

Frequent contributor and MSHS board member Terry Yockey (who created of the first garden websites in Minnesota) focuses on getting fresh food and herbs from her lovely kitchen garden. However, she does preserve a lot of celery each year. Celery is one of the “dirtiest” vegetables in the grocery store and home-grown celery has a fantastic taste — much more vibrant than the watery stalks in the store.

Photographer Susy Morris of Chiot’s Run gardens in Maine, and also contributes to a cooking blog called Eat Outside the Bag. She’s very enthusiastic about fermenting foods and recommends this recipe for kim-chi, which is a popularĀ  Korean condiment.

Our publisher Tom McKusick recently served this recipe for a savory bread pudding with lots of heirloom tomatoes at an MSHS staff function. There were raves.

What are some of your favorite recipes from the garden?


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