Edible Schoolyard online auction

Edible Schoolyard is a fantastic program at First Line charter schools in New Orleans.  The kids are involved in every level of planning and maintaining the gardens, and the food is prepared at their cafeterias, where young folks interested in the culinary arts can work with local chefs to prepare the foods they have grown and harvested.  Their online auction is open for bidding, and there are some fantastic hand painted watering cans for bid, including one by yours truly.  Check it out:


watering can for edible schoolyard



Tomatoes Part II

So, I forgot to take pictures of our summer feast last night. I guess I was having too much fun! Here’s a picture of the big heirloom tomatoes we picked yesterday. We have another big colander, a small colander, a stock pot and a couple of other containers full of all the various kinds of tomatoes we’ve been picking the last few days. They love the heat. Me? Not as much.


Our organic garden is exploding with tomatoes: three different heirlooms, Independence Day, Juliets and cherries. I adore tomatoes – raw, cooked, juiced, and especially the ones I pop in my mouth while picking them. My friend who is helping me with the website and his girlfriend are coming over for dinner tonight after we work on the site for a bit. I’m going to make a Caprese salad with a cherry tomato dressing and fresh herbs from our garden: two different kinds of basil, two different kinds of mint, and chives. Derek is grilling spare ribs, which are the best ribs on the planet, and we’re having grilled fresh corn on the cob and grilled chicken wings with Cajun Power Garlic sauce. (We buy it at Dorignac’s in New Orleans, every time we go back to visit my family and friends. It’s fantastic). We love having friends over to share food, stories, drinks, and the water features on our property: a creek that wraps around two sides of the house, and a waterfall pond that Derek made for me last summer. Pictures to come!