Recipe for May 2015

Griddle Asparagus with Flaked Almonds and Butter


7 ounces asparagus spears

a little olive oil

a knob of butter 

1 tsp toasted flaked almonds


Cook asparagus in boiling salted water for 2 min.  Drain, then toss with a little olive oil.  Heat a griddle pa to very hot, place the spears ont he griddle and cook for a few mins, turning to get a nice charred effect all over.  Meanwhile, melt a knob of butter in a pan.  Divide the asparagus between 2 plates, season and top each with a drizzle of melted butter and toasted flaked almonds.

Recipe for April 2015

Dandelion Greens with a Kick

Recipe by:  TTV78 on

"Dandelion greens are one of my favorite bitters! They're not for everyone, but I enjoy their unique flavor.  I decided to try them sauteed instead of in a salad and it was a huge hit!  Makes good use of those dandelions in the yard or you can usually find the greens at eh grocery or Asian market."


1 teaspoon salt

1 pound dandelion greens, torn into 4 inch pieces

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

Recipe for March 2015


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Apples and Onions, with Balsamic glaze


1 lb Brussels sprouts

6 slices bacon

1 T mustard seeds

1 medium onion, peeled, cut in crescents

1 tart crisp apple (Granny Smith), peeled cored, cut in crescents

3 T brown sugar

2 T balsamic vinegar

1/2 C dry white wine

1 T Dijon mustard

olive oil

salt, hot sauce to taste


Beans... We're The Magical Fruit

The 201medium_Beans-logo_1.jpg3 Master Gardener class helped to educate the Rhea County community about beans as their class project with a booth at the 18th annual "Farm Day" at Purser Farm in May of 2014  and a booth at the Rhea County Fair in August.  Beans are good for the soil, good for you and there is a bean for every taste!  Beans put nitrogen back into the soil, can be sown directly into the garden or a container, grow rapidly and produce large amounts in a s

Recipe for February 2015

Apricot and Pineapple Sage Vinegar - Ivana Patterson

10 dried apricots

10 hefty springs of pineapple sage

15 whole cloves

10 whole allspice berries

3   crushed cinnamon sticks

Apple cider vinegar to cover

Place the apricots, pineapple sage, cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks in a gallon jar,  cover with apple cider vinegar and set aside for a month or two.  Strain into clean jars, label and store in a cool dark place.


My Master Gardner Inspiration

By:  Pennie Abel Hendrick

My Garden

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My first vegetable garden ever in 2012.  I now use raised beds.




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