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Have You Eaten Fresh CURLY DOCK?

May 4th, 2009

Oh, how fun would it be if the Food Stamps Cooking Club had a meeting TODAY around our picnic table! 

When I awoke today I was greeted by the proliferation of leafed-out trees from yesterday’s warmth.  Even without the sunshine, those trees know it is time to stand in all their green glory!  I ventured into the yard to inspect the garden’s progress.  Along the way, I discovered we have CURLY DOCK sprouting!

Here’s what we’ll have for lunch today:  CURLY DOCK!  I am so excited! 

I will carefully snip the most tender leaves and rinse them.  I’ll remove the midvein with a scissors so as to use only the sweetest, tenderest parts.  I will steam them gently and watch them turn from a delicate green to a khaki color.  I can season them with salt, pepper, and a dab of butter for a gourmet lunch.  I will most probably top the dish with sprinkles of Kamut-wheat berries-I cooked yesterday.  We ate some cooked cold Kamut for breakfast today and it made for a great and tasty, INEXPENSIVE cold breakfast!

When you depend on the SNAP program-food stamps, food commodities, and food pantries to help feed your family it might be very helpful to know that you can supplement your diet and improve your health in a fresh new way by using foods you harvest right from your yard.

I caution you to make sure your yard has not been sprayed with chemicals.  That toxicity would not be something you should ingest! 

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Connie Baum