Frost…finally

It was a beautiful sunny morning with frost covering the ground. Our thermometer said 30*. There was only a light wind and the temperature warmed up to 53* by mid afternoon.

After lunch Dennis finished digging the sweet potatoes. Both in size and quantity, it’s our best harvest yet. We have been digging potatoes to eat and share for about a month, but we still had 120 lbs just from today. I’m glad sweet potatoes are popular with family and friends and is also a versatile cooking ingredient.

Over the past couple of years I’ve stumbled across PBS shows with chef Vivian Howard. She may have done more, but I know about “A Chef’s Life” and “Somewhere South”. I checked out her cookbook, -This Will Make it Taste Good- from the library. She has “flavor heroes” she makes to add to different dishes. It’s a stretch for me, but I made her “Community Organizer” which is tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions, cooked in olive oil. I had to use canned diced tomatoes but the recipe is for fresh tomatoes. This recipe makes 4 pints which keep 3 weeks in fridge or 3 months frozen. Different recipes us different amounts of the Community Organizer. The original recipe was to add to field peas or any kind of dried beans but she expanded it to use with eggs ( microwaved in a cup) and a broccoli soup for cheese lovers. It’s healthier and fairly light soup. It also tastes good but is nothing like Panera broccoli cheese soup. Community Organizer is one of 10 heroes she makes and uses. The next one I’ll try is her kraut which she makes in 2 quart jars. Just cabbage, salt and cucumber. Jury is still out on whether I’ll buy a copy, but I haven’t returned the book to the library.

My dad got a call from his cardiologist. After 10 years of excellent service, it’s time to replace his pacemaker’s battery. Next Friday we’ll have him at the hospital by 6 am for what should be a simple out patient procedure.

Last night we watched “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society “. I read the book years ago and loved it. I thought the film did the book justice.

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