60 Percent Local Plate

My yard and garden surprise me every day! It seems like there is always something new going on.

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We have these tall leaf plants that started sprouting big, bright, beautiful red flowers!

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Check out the beetle on this one. Apparently the beetles really like this plant – I saw a few of them on there.

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I feel so lucky the lady who lived here before us liked plants because plants are expensive! It would cost us a small fortune to add all the plants that were already here. I didn’t appreciate that when we were house-hunting but I sure do now!

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My cherry tomato plants are going crazy popping up lots of little green guys everywhere.

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I think I could eat all the tomatoes my garden is currently growing in a week. I think I may need some more square foot gardens next year.

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Baby and future tomatoes!

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Baby green zebras.

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And I spotted something really cool over the last couple days…

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baby green beans! Look at that tiny one near the top!

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And I’m so glad my dahlia plant is looking nice and happy. At least I think blooms = happy plant. I love these little pink guys beside the dahlias.

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I whipped up some pan-seared scallops for dinner.

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On the side – sauteed squash, local zucchini and onion, plus some of the rosemary asiago foccacia purchased at the farmers market earlier. I had a 60% (guestimate) local plate!

I’m still new to cooking scallops so I haven’t really figured out the best way to cook them. I found a fabulous Ellie recipe for grilled scallops online, but tonight I went simple – seasoned with salt and pepper, topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end of cooking. Sadly, they were a little gritty?? Not sure what that means but I heard it could be the fish monger and I should try to get diver scallops? What are your scallop cooking tips/tricks?

The squash was tender and lovely. I almost could have stopped cooking them early – I like them a little crisp tender.

The foccacia was really tasty. I re-heated it in the oven for a fresh-baked taste, then drizzled it lightly with EVOO and added a sprinkling of salt. Is anything better than fresh-baked bread!?

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I met up with friends from earlier for dessert at TCBY – Caroline, Moi, Kath, + Sarah (plus Karen and Matt, not pictured)

I was a little late joining the group because Google Maps totally failed me. It said the froyo place was really close to my house so I didn’t allot enough time for commute. Oops!

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For my froyo I got pistachio and white chocolate mousse. On top – nuts, coconut, and chocolate syrup.

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The star of the evening was the brownie Kath gave me to top my froyo – so yum!

We enjoyed some fresh air outside. The night was so hot, my frozen yogurt didn’t stay frozen long. A lot of it melted before I could finish it, but I still slurped it up. I definitely think I like Yoforia better (more flavors and better toppings), but I did really enjoy something Yoforia doesn’t have – the pistachio flavor! Plus, dessert with friends is always an awesome time.

I leave you with a fun video:

I saw this on TV today and it was too cool! I hope they get their own Vegas show! Good luck Fighting Gravity!

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