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So yesterday I showed you my basil cutting growing roots, as well as the pot I decorated here, but here they are together!

pot o' basil

Also, the pomegranate tree that I planted back in September 2009, finally has its first fruit!

Update: Benji is disgruntled that I did not give the others involved any credit for this pomegranate. My bad. Benji & I bought the pomegranate tree (really more like a bush) together, and subsequently had my dad arrange digging a hole and actually putting it in the ground.

perfect pomegranate


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This is a soup I make once or twice a month when I want to use up the last few veggies and whatnot that are kicking around in my fridge on their way out (cuz I hate to be wasteful). It’s a little different every time depending on what I have, but it’s always pretty durn tasty! The ingredients are more or less as follows:

  • 2-ish cups cubed ham steak. really depends how meaty you like your soup…
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • handful or 2 of baby carrots, sliced into discs
  • 2 portabella caps, large dice
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can white northern beans
  • good slosh of liquid smoke
  • good squirt of ketchup
  • a can of broth, or water: enough to make it soupy
  • thyme (this time fresh from my herb garden!)
  • rosemary (also fresh, woo!)
  • salt & pepper

Today I also added about a cup of red wine that was on its way out. The best thing about this soup is its flexibility. Put what you like (or have), in whatever quantities you like, and done! Instant dinner! :)

I usually brown down the ham in some olive oil. Once it’s nice and brown, I add the onions and garlic and cook just until the onions begin to sweat and turn translucent. Then I add the zucchini and mushrooms and carrots and cook that down for a while. Then pretty much just add everything else and let it simmer away til you’re ready to eat!

Ta Daaaaa!

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