Summer Squash

2 med. Zucchini squash
2 med. Pattypan squash
2 med. Yellow crookneck squash
¼ c. olive oil
4 green onions, white part, sliced
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. thyme leaves
¼ tsp. Rosemary
2 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

Rinse and scrub squash. Slice evenly.

On a cookie sheet place squashes, onions and seasonings. Toss with oil and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Before serving toss with vinegar. Salt and pepper as needed.

You can also do this on the stove top if desired.

Prime Rib Day

I have never cooked a prime rib until today. Mac did some research online as to cooking method. The way I cooked it is in the instructions. I liked this method because your oven is not on for 2 or 3 hours. A lot of people serve prime rib with a horseradish sauce. Since we liked blue cheese, I decided to make this garlic blue cheese dressing

Prime Rib with Garlic Blue Cheese Dressing

4 to 5 lb. Bone-in prime rib roast
6 large garlic cloves
½ c. fresh basil leaves
¼ c. fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. Butter
3 Tbsp. Olive oil

Let roast stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

In food processor, finely mince garlic, rosemary, basil, salt and pepper. Add mustard, butter and oil, processing to form a paste. Smear the paste over the top and sides of the roast.

Cook the roast in a pan, bone side down, for 5 minutes per pound of roast. Turn off oven without opening it. Let roast set in oven for 2 hours. You may want to check the temperature of your oven to make sure it stays above 200 degrees with a thermometer. If it drops below 200 within the 2 hours, turn the oven back on at 250 degrees for the remainder of the 2 hours. You want the internal temperature to be 130 to 140 for medium rare.

FOR DRESSING: Place ¾ cup heavy cream and 1 medium garlic, minced, in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat and simmer until the cream coast the back of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 6 oz. of crumbled blue cheese. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

Carve the meat into slices. Serve with the dressing.

Expanded Aquaponics Garden and Plants

Expanded Aquaponic Garden (2)

 

We decided to expand the aquaponics garden by adding 50 feet of 4 inch pipe along the outside wall of our carport. Mac has cut holes so we can place cups with plants.

 

 

 

We have 36 strawberry plants: 6 Loran, 20 Sequoia, and 10 Ozark Beauties. We didn’t know which ones we would like so that’s why we got 3 different kinds. We also got a 6 pack of asparagus roots and 1 cherry tomato plant.Strawberry_Loran 2-29-16

Asparagus 2-29-16 (1)

Cherry Tomato 2-29-16

 

 

 

 

 

Seeds in Cheesecloth 2-29-16

 

Since we bought seeds Mac thinks that placing them in cheesecloth and then in a cup with an opening to the water will get them started. Time will tell. The seeds include Red Russian Kale, Rainbow Chard, spinach and green onions.

 

 

 

We have herbs planted in an old refrigerator on the back deck where rosemary is seeding out and basil took over last year. We’re assuming the basil will come back.

 

 

Dill 2-29-16
Stuvia 2-29-16
Mint 2-29-16We purchased 3 herb plants: dill, stuvia, and mint; to go in this planter. We will also be planting cilantro seeds with these other herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Now we wait to see how everything grows and how long it takes for them to start producing fruit or the seeds to get roots and become a real plant.

Planted Aquaponic pipes 2-29-16 (1)

Planted Aquaponic pipes 2-29-16 (4)

Planted Aquaponic pipes 2-29-16 (2)