Under Pressure

Last Friday I declared this “eat from the garden week”.

I had no idea at the time how true that proclamation would be.

Our garden is bursting with cucumbers, green beans, peppers, and the first ripening tomatoes.  As if that wasn’t enough, I had the pleasure of foraging in Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello on Tuesday night.

My friend Natasha works for the foundation and she and I had the hilltop to ourselves as we picked beans, pulled beets, and watched the sunset.  A total win as a foodie and a total fail as a blogger-I forgot my camera!

I did get a few shots after hauling my bounty home.

I’ve been in the kitchen for days, my pressure canner is now fully broken in and my tiny kitchen is swollen with veggies.

I’ve got to scoot, there is a bag of cucumbers waiting for me to turn them into pickles!


  1. Gorgeous!
    I grew up with a huge garden, & my mom does a lot of her own canning/bottling. I’m sort of intimidated by pressure cookers, so I’m very impressed by you!

  2. aren’t fresh beets one of the absolute best things in the world?? I can never ever get enough of them…or beet greens. And I bet those were 10 times better just because the came out of TJ’s garden!

  3. Amanda

    I’m reading a book that I think you will really enjoy – The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather. She’s big on canning, along with pickling, dehydrating, freezing, and eating fresh.

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