Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vegetable Gardening Classes in February

Portland Friends,

Spring gardening season is right around the corner! I am teaching a free vegetable gardening for beginners class on Sunday February 17th 1pm at Portland Nursery 9000 SE Division Street: 

If you are excited to grow your own food but have little to no experience, this is the class for you! Edible gardening expert & enthusiast Jolie Grindstaff will discuss the basics of site preparation, crop selection based on site elements, planting and care techniques. With her years of experience, Jolie will demystify growing your own food and share her tips and techniques for beginner success. 

Registration is required and space is limited to 35. Please follow the Portland Nursery website link to register. I hope to see you soon!

Miss Jolie 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Swiss Chard

Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Swiss Chard
Makes about 8 servings
Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 90 minutes

Hoppin’ John is dish of black-eyed peas and rice from the southern United States traditionally served on New Years Day to bring good luck during the New Year. It is thought to eat this dish on New Year’s Day will bring you prosperous year filled with luck.

The black-eyed peas are symbolic of pennies or coins and a dime is sometimes thrown into the cooking pot. Hoppin’ John is traditionally served with cooked greens like collards or mustards. This bright green food is symbolic of money, further adding to your wealth in the New Year!

On the day after New Year’s Day, leftover Hoppin’ John is called Skippin’ Jenny.

My black-eyed pea stew is perfect on a cold wintery night. It incorporates the greens right into the stew. It’s not a quick weeknight meal, but one I put on the stove in the late afternoon on a day-off. The savory, spicy and sweet flavors all compliment each other. It’s delicious served over my garlicky-cheesy grits, brown rice, quinoa or with a side of cornbread.

“Eat poor on New Year’s and eat fat the rest of the year!” Here’s to a prosperous 2013 for all of us!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
pinch of dried chipotle chili powder
pinch of black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped
2 large swiss chard leaves, stems removed and finely chopped, leaves sliced into fine ribbons
1 cup dried black-eyed peas
28oz can chopped tomatoes
5-6 cups water
1 vegan sea salt & herb bouillon cube
1 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
1 tsp agave syrup
Optional: 6 vegetarian breakfast “sausages”, sliced into chunks 

1. In a large pot warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until browning, approximately 10 minutes.

2. Add the basil, thyme, paprika, chipotle, salt & pepper. Stir and cook with onions for a few minutes until aromatic.

3. Add the garlic, celery, carrot, fennel, swiss chard stems, black-eyed peas, tomatoes and stir until mixed.

4. Add the water, bouillon, mustard and agave. Cover with lid and bring to a boil.

5. Once boil, reduce to medium heat and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

6. After one hour add the swiss chard leaves and optional sausage. Let cook for 5 minutes.

7. Taste and check spices. Adjust with more basil and salt as needed for your preference.

8. Serve over grits, rice or quinoa. Or with a side of cornbread. 

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year my friends!

2013 is the long-awaited return of the Miss Jolie Ann’s Kitchen Garden blog. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years away from my beloved blog and all of you treasured readers. I hope the New Year finds you healthy and happy!

The past two years have been full of academic study in horticulture and horticultural therapy, a career promotion and transfer at the nursery, nesting into my amazing new home, building new gardens at home and in my neighborhood community garden, and falling in love. I studied commercial floral design and landscape design, two long-term interests of mine. I am truly blessed!

I joined the twenty-first century with the purchase of an iPhone and MacBook. This modern technology is bound to keep this generation X technophobe more connected!

2013 hold so much promise and I enjoy embracing it one day at a time. I look forward to planning our wedding, gardening, cooking, and sharing a joyous life with friends. I believe enjoying simple pleasures is how I build an abundant life. Every day I attempt to consciously acknowledge what brings me joy and create a gratitude list. My motto in 2013 is “limitless expansion.”

I am excited to share a year of gardening and cooking with you. I have an arsenal of ideas I’ve been storing up the past 2 years. This is going to be fun!

Miss Jolie Ann