Eating The Harvest

Today I thought I’d show a few photos of what we did with our harvests last week. Some of the harvests were from some time ago, like the spaghetti squash I baked one night for dinner. These Small Wonder squashes are just the right size for 4-5 servings. And they are such good keepers. They were harvested back in July and August, but they are just as fresh and firm today in January as they were the day they were harvested. After baking for about an hour, I scooped the flesh out of the shell and tossed it with a mix of butter, ginger and honey.

Small Wonder spaghetti squash

Others dishes were a mix of recent and past harvests, like the pita pizzas that used garlic and oven roasted tomatoes from last summer and freshly harvested arugula on top. We used our homemade pita bread that we keep in the freezer for quick meals like this one.

pita pizzas topped with arugula

Yesterday I made shredded chicken taco meat with some leftover baked chicken. We had baby lettuce from the greenhouse to go on some tostadas we made using the shredded chicken.

tostada with baby lettuces

I also harvested a nice bucket of kale yesterday. The Savoy Cross and Starbor varieties are holding up well, with the leaves still nice and firm. We’ll use it in the coming week.

Savoy Cross and Starbor kale

That’s a little peek into what we are doing with our harvests here lately. To see more harvests, check out Daphne’s Dandelions for her Harvest Monday series.

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16 Responses to Eating The Harvest

  1. Robin says:

    Spaghetti squash are definitely great keepers. Two years ago I had left them in the kitchen and we ate the last one the following spring. I tend to like it better then pasta….not “The Italian” though!

    Your kale looks great….I’m thinking braised short ribs with it..yum!

  2. kitsapFG says:

    Everything looks simply delicious! I like to mix storage/preserved items with a bit of fresh harvest as well. Some really great meals are made that way.

  3. Jane says:

    The pita pizzas are a great idea – they look so yummy! Winter squash is real survivial food – there are so many ways to prepare it. The kale from under the snow looks just amazing!

  4. The pita pizza looks yummy!! I love your kale harvest!

  5. Oooh, the ginger and honey with spaghetti squash sounds lovely. My last one I drowned in some pesto we made at the end of the last summer that was in the freezer. I’ll have to try your version next time though! I haven’t had lunch yet, and your little pizzas look scrumptious!

    • Villager says:

      That squash treatment has become our favorite way to fix it.

      The pizzas sure hit my spot! I snuck a few anchovies on one for me, but my wife said “eww”!

  6. mac says:

    Yum~~everything looks delicious.
    Do you overwinter your kale in the greenhouse or they can be left to fend for themselves in the snow?

    • Villager says:

      The kale has been out in the garden mulched but uncovered. The hardier varieties are holding up quite well, though the Lacinato is not looking good at all.

  7. michelle says:

    It all looks so good! I’m perpetually amazed at how well kale does in the snow. I noticed the first kale plant starting to form flowers in my garden today – it’s too soon, darn it.

  8. Daphne Gould says:

    I love spaghetti squash too. Sadly mine are all from the farmers market. The borers always seem to get my squash unless it is a resistant variety, so I tend to stick to them.

  9. Barbie says:

    Pitas look fantastic. Introduced the hubs to that squash a few weeks ago. Took me 2 years to get him to try it- he likes it on salads!

  10. Veggie PAK says:

    The pita pizzas look wonderful!
    I am glad your squash kept so well. You must have an excellent area for storage.

  11. Linda says:

    Your spaghetti squash looks great! I’ve never tried to grow it but love it and every year think I should plant some. Maybe this is the year. I’ve been in Florida and was out to a nice seafood restaurant where they served fish on a bed of spaghetti squash and rainbow chard, absolutely delicious and something you don’t see often out. Now I want to see if I can find some….. thanks for the blog, LInda

  12. Mary Jo says:

    I tried to grow the “Small Wonder” spaghetti squash last year with dismal results. It seems the cucumber beetles loved it and it wilted and died before the squash was ready to harvest. Same thing happens to my cukes! Do you have this problem? if so how do you combat it? Any suggestions?

    • Villager says:

      Mary Jo, I haven’t had many problems with the cucumber beetles. I would try spraying with neem oil, which seems to keep many insects away. A pyrethrum spray will also work. The beetles are probably spreading bacterial wilt disease, and the only way to stop it is to keep the beetles away.

  13. meemsnyc says:

    Wow, you have me drooling over here. I love the homemade pitas and those pizzas look awesome. Delicious!!

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