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In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen 4-25-16

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Once again it’s a week of first and last things from the garden. The last of the snow peas were gathered with the vines left to set seed for next year’s crop.

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The broccoli side shoots are waning. They’re smaller and fewer. As the weather warms there will be aphids to contend with so I’ll pull the plants soon.

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Spring minestrone made it to the menu with all the garden and fridge vegetables: snow peas, broccoli, celery, snap peas, leeks and onions. White beans added some substance at the end with Parmesan to top off.

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The first of the Brussels sprouts joined the slim weekly harvests yesterday. They weren’t beautiful so I adjusted my cooking method.

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The ones I snapped from the stalk had begun to unfurl like little cabbages. I sliced them crosswise and cooked quickly in olive oil with additions of red pepper flakes, orange zest and sunflower seeds at the finish.

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Some of the April garden glory–larkspur, feverfew and Mexican marigolds.

Enjoy viewing the garden bounty shared on Harvest Monday, hosted by Our Happy Acres.

Daffodils in New England

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