Is There Anything Better Than a Sandwich?

Today, November 3, is of course National/World Sandwich Day when we celebrate this beloved culinary invention, supposedly and eponymously named for John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Whether he did or didn’t, I don’t need any additional nudge to indulge in a tasty craft sandwich — sourced of course with many ingredients from The Suburban…

Aloha!

If the title of this post made you think I was writing from Hawaii, no. But I did get to bring a little bit of Hawaii to New Jersey when I received a pineapple plant earlier this summer. There was already a little unripe pineapple growing on it, so I put the pot outside in…

A Fistful of Taters

The dandelions have begun to pop up and bloom here at the Suburban Farm in New Jersey and that means it’s time to get the potatoes in the ground! I spent some time the other day prepping the potato bed and picking out 30 of my best, most sprouted taters to bury with the promise…

Crazy Greens

One of my favorite things about veggie gardening is getting healthy, fresh, organically grown food anytime I want it. So one of my goals at the end of last growing season was to make it through the winter months without buying salad greens from the store. Happily and thanks to an inexpensive rig of full-spectrum…

Meatless Friday Ain’t So Tough

Now that it’s Lent I’ve been trying to be good about no meat on Friday. Turns out with meals like this it’s not so tough! Earlier in the week I cooked up a batch of my home made tomato soup in a bid to clear out some of the tomato bumper crop in the freezer…

Craft Sandwich Day (Part 2)

Last week while the midwest U.S. was gripped in a “polar vortex” and it was pretty cold here too, I decided I needed something warm in my belly for lunch. But not just anything warm — something special. Craft sandwich day! For this edition I settled on Herbed Irish Cheddar Dijon Grilled Cheese with turkey,…

Farm to Table…In 30 feet

Fairly low tech growing of microgreens has become my go-to source of winter salad greens now that the outside garden is dormant. I could easily buy this stuff at the store, but who knows where that comes from and how fresh it is? Plus, there’s nothing like growing something green indoors to fight those winter…

A Taste of Autumn…In January

Autumn is all pumpkins and cranberries and the smell of sage stuffing filling the house. Now that we’re well past those tasty days of autumn, I decided to recapture a little of that flavor with a simple lunch creation: roasted pumpkin from the garden with cranberries, mushrooms, sage (also from last year’s garden) and dried…

Unboxing the Garden

While it can be easy to sink into the blues now that all the ho-ho-ho-ing and jingle bells are over and the long cold of January and February lie ahead, this time of the year is always full of excitement for me. Why? It’s usually when all the new seeds I ordered finally arrive and…

Grilled Cheese Roasting on an Open Fire…

Christmas is just three days away and the excitement is ramping up here in the suburban homestead. I’m off work for a week and it felt like time to kick off the vacation with a special mmm mmm good lunch today: roasted pumpkin sage grilled cheese with mushrooms and dried plums. Definitely not the run-of-the-mill…

Microgreen Acres Is the Place to Be…

It may be cold and gray outside but inside the microgreen garden of this Suburban Farmer is heating up as my first winter batch of greens begins to sprout. A few radish trays have shot up quickly under the LED lights (as they always do). The dill is still a little sleepy but should come…

Seedful Things

Now is one of my most favorite times of the year. Christmas time you say? Well, of course, but what I’m talking about here is that time when all the seed catalogs start appearing in my mailbox! While others may be having visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads (really weird image, BTW), I’m dreaming…