To grow your own garden successfully, to me, is an incredibly impressive task.
Finding the right sunlight, promoting healthy soils, planting and maintaining the proper fruits and vegetables for your plot of land - it all comes together to yield spectacular results which I've just never been able to actualize.
This week's featured food blogger, Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet, is not only able to dream up and realize her own fruit and vegetable garden, but is also then able to create a spectacular food blog dedicated to recipes grown from her backyard. These recipes are conceived and engineered by Heather, who calls herself a "domestic engineer," and with each post she presents them to the reader in an incredibly easy-to-digest way.
We love her recent recipe for Beet Pasta Carbonara with Peas and Bacon. If you have a pasta maker or pasta maker attachment for your KitchenAid at home, we highly recommend making this recipe before the summer season's farmers markets start to close. Bright purple in hue and sweet with roasted beet flavor, the pasta pairs beautifully with the light carbonara sauce, and is quite pretty on the table as well.
If that is not to your taste, why not try the Huckleberry Scones for weekend brunch or tea? Studded with berries and drizzled in a light glaze, these are a real treat.
For a main course, we recommend the Salmon with Herbed Butter and Burst Tomato Sauce. Heather serves hers with roasted potatoes and asparagus and the photos are absolutely mouthwatering. Equally delicious are the Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Parmesan Salad and Mustard Crusted Chicken over Quinoa & Roasted Pumpkin Salad (two that are incredibly fitting as we approach fall weather and ingredients).
Ready for dessert? Try some fluffy Portuguese Donuts. Also more than worth mentioning is the recipe for Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies. Upon reading it, all other responsibilities become incredibly difficult to bring to task, so beware when opening that link that you are about to enter a tantalizing world of brownie photos.
So, take the time today to check out Farmgirl Gourmet and all of Heather's delectable dishes. The recipes are inviting, the pictures mouthwatering, and there are even tips for getting your garden started. If I could be more like Heather in my attempts of gardening, and in conceiving impressive meals with all the incredible ingredients that come out of them, I would be a very happy cook.