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Garden fresh

No recipe today, sorry.

But for the first time since Shannon and I have been together, we have a vegetable garden. We've got red lettuce, romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, long english cucumbers, green beans, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrots, red onions, green onions, garlic, dill, oregano, sage and rhubarb in the garden. It's only 4 feet by 8 feet, so it's a little over crowded. Next year we'll go without the cucumber and squash and dill.

We've already eaten lettuce, green onions and green beans. We've also got strawberries underneath a large rhododendron and have had super sweet strawberries too. Fresh from the garden is just so much better than supermarket veggies from the opposite side of North America.

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3 cups diced rhubarb
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1 beaten egg
pinch of salt
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1 teaspoon vanilla

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