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Month: April 2016

If I’m Not Eating, I’m Dreaming About Gardening

If I’m Not Eating, I’m Dreaming About Gardening

On my top five list of things I do that aren’t work, gardening is not very far behind cooking.  It’s one of the reasons I so love living in the PNW, as there are so many flowers and vegetables that grow happily here.  I particularly enjoy the fact that there are any commercial flower growers that have display gardens around here that are open to the public.  I stumbled on one last spring by chance – Schreiner’s Iris Garden has fields of iris that adjoin I-5.  I don’t even recall why I was on that stretch of I-5 at that time of year, but had to pull off to go wander the iris fields and take home several dozen stems of assorted iris.

I’d heard rumor of a similar tulip garden, as well as a dahlia garden.  Today, we made it to the tulip garden – it’s at the Wooden Shoe Tulip festival near Woodburn, Oregon.  I spent an hour wandering the fields and taking pictures.  Good thing we’d had brunch first.

Brunch Southwest Omlette

Southwestern Omelet at the Kitchen Table Café


A Duo of Sausages, Warm Potato Salad, Red Cabbage, and Sauerkraut at Gustav’s.

Of course, after, we also had to have a good dinner.  Now that I’ve shared the obligatory food photos, on to the tulips.

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I have one day out of the office tomorrow, so won’t be cooking lunch until tomorrow night.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have several recipes with spring greens coming up this week, as I need to finish a tub of baby kales as well as a bunch of curly kale, along with some cheeses from last week.