Archive for January, 2012

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Zucchini Pie

First hit on the pie parade did not turn out too bad. It was a bit of an adventure as are all my forays into the kitchen. My skills are quite rusty. I am not sure where my oven temperature sits. (Why don’t I have an oven thermometer? Or can I just not find it?)

After preparing the dough for the crust, I popped it into the freezer to chill while I readied the filling. I got so lost in vegetable chopping and saute-ing that I forgot about it until it was quite hard. After much rolling and fussing, I just plopped it in the plate before it was sufficiently rolled out. The crust should be thinner and fold over the top about one-half to two-thirds like a galette.

After about 40 minutes in the oven the aroma in the kitchen almost knocked me out. Death by parmesan. It was quite tasty.


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bindweed and bermuda grass

Originally posted April 30, 2009 – I should call this page “Bindweed and Bermuda Grass,” the eradication of which seems to be the focus of my gardening activity lately. The 10 x 20 plot at our community garden was full of weeds two months ago.  It now contains:

  • Beans: Italian Bush Roma Improved;
  • Eggplant: Prosperosa, Rosa Bianca;
  • Herbs: Basil – Genovese, Lime, Mexican Cinnamon Spice, Mrs. Burns’ Lemon; Borage;
  • Peppers: Anaheim, Brazilian Star Fish, Habanero;
  • Squash: Pattypan – Peter Pan, Starship, Sunburst; Zucchini – Clarimore, Golden Dawn, Raven;
  • Tomatoes: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Japanese Black Trifele, Super Marzano;

oh yeah, and bindweed and bermuda grass.



gardeners on the web






public gardens

seed sources


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When I say pie I mean tart, galette, crostata, tartlet, pielet, fried pie, pizza pie and yes, plain old double crust apple pie. I am defining pie as anything with a mixture of some kind of fat and some kind of flour held together by something wet as a base. You see Santa gifted me with a copy of Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts cookbook. As I sit here on New Year’s Eve paging through it, I realize that life has become dull indeed. I have been all about either school or work for the last three years or so. My hobbies will languish no more, and I am starting with pie. Because my experience is largely with dessert, mainly fruit pies, I will make Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, and Zucchini Pie (page 287) for the new year. Hence pie every week until the intolerable South Central Texas heat makes turning on the oven impossible to contemplate. We should be fine until April or so, after that we are on borrowed time.

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