Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kinda’ Honey Mustard Recipe

Last week I posted my recipe for an oil and vinegar salad dressing to the blog, so this week I thought I would put up my other recipe I use a lot.  This one is a honey mustard type of salad dressing.

It has over a cup of mayonnaise so be careful with it if you are trying to lose weight.  I do not use this dressing a lot, because of the fat that is in it.  You need fat in your diet, but most mayo is made with soybean oil, which is not the best.

But, the upside to this recipe is it tastes sooo good.  Here is the recipe:

11/4 cup mayonnaise

¼ cup local honey (local honey has the pollens from your area that you are used too)

¼ cup organic yellow mustard

1/3 cup Braggs Organic Apple Cider vinegar

Garlic to taste, I use about a teaspoon of powered garlic.

I just mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until it is of even consistency.  I keep it in a salad dressing bottle that can be found at a cook ware store.  Store it in the refrigerator and do not keep it to long.  This dressing can go bad if kept to long.

This is a simple recipe that does not take much time to whip up.  I think you will like the taste.  Remember, you can adjust the recipe any way you like to fit your palate.

Hope your garden is growing great.  It has been very hot and dry here all through May and June.  Next time we will talk about growing the garden in a drought.cool

Great gardening,
Steve

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.
 

Here is one of my favorite salad dressing recipes

Salad made from your own lettuce, and other veggies, has much more taste than one from the grocery.  It just does not seem right to go to all that trouble to grow your own salad and then pour a commercial salad dressing on it.

I have been experimenting for some time now with different salad dressings.  The one I will give you today I made without a recipe, but it is very similar to a lot of other recipes.

This is a very simple recipe and easy to make, plus it tastes good.  The ingredients are as follows:

3 Tablespoons of cold pressed virgin organic olive oil
¾ Tablespoon Braggs organic apple cider vinegar (or you can use Balsamic vinegar)
1 Tablespoon honey (preferably local honey)
½ Tablespoon Dijon organic mustard

Now, all the measurements are “close”.  By that I mean I make it to taste.  The measurements given are approximately what I use.  When I am making the dressing I just add it together and taste. Then, I add a little more of whatever it seems to need.

If I do not have any made ahead I will just add the ingredients above in a small bowl and mix it with a fork.  It does not take very long and everything is fresh.  If you want to make some ahead, or are feeding more than one, just multiply each ingredient by whatever factor you want.

You can make a batch ahead and keep it in the frig.  I have kept it for some time without any trouble.

So, now you can run out to your garden and pick some fresh lettuce and give it a try.  Let me know what you think.

The other recipe, that I like, will be revealed later.  It is a honey mustard type of recipe.

Enjoy your summer.

Great gardening
Steve

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.
 

More On Weeds

Most gardeners could talk a long time about weeds.  They are kinda’ like relatives,

everyone has them.  We talked about getting rid of the weeds in your garden last time but, this time I want to talk more about the psychology of gardening with weeds.

Actually, a weed is only a plant that is growing in a spot you do not want it in.  A food producing plant may become a weed if it is growing in the wrong place.  Like volunteer tomatoes.  Every year I have some tomatoes volunteer to sprout in the row from last year’s tomatoes that now has beans, or whatever I planted there this year.  That tomato is now a weed.

So, what to do with this weed.  Now, usually we are not talking about a food plant, but bear with me we will get to the other forms soon.  Sometimes, if I think I know what variety the tomato is, I will dig it up and move it to a more appropriate place.  But, if not I will simply pull it like any other weed, even if it hurts a little more.

Now, for a little about my mindset on gardening and weeds; weeds are only a problem when we are not doing everything else right.  

Here’s how I handle the weeds in my garden.  My normal routine is to set out the plants or sow the seeds and wait until the plants are established before doing anything else.  

Once, the plants are up and growing, usually, the weeds are starting to emerge.  At this time I will go down the row and hoe the weeds between the plants and pull the weeds near the plants, to keep from cutting the plant or its roots with the hoe.

When this is done I mulch the plants with straw, last years leaves I saved for this purpose or grass clippings.  Note: If you put chemicals on your lawn do not use grass clippings.  The commercial composters are having trouble with carry-over herbicide in their raw materials.  When consumers buy their product they are seeing their plants not do well or die outright.  

I even mulch my pathways between the rows so there are no bare soil for weeds to grow.  Now, as I walk through my garden I will pull any weed that sticks its head above the mulch.  There are seldom very many and it is an easy thing to do while checking the fruit of all your labor.

This way, once my garden is mulched, I spend very little time weeding and more time enjoying the peace and quite of the garden.  I even take a little time to get a picture of that beautiful butterfly sitting on the spider plant.

There you have a simple, and relaxing, way to keep the weeds at bay in your food plot.

Great gardening,
Steve

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.