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by Cathy Bruemmer

The growth in June is outrageous.  We have gone from famine to feasting and I’ve renewed my job as vegetable pusher.  Actually I’m pretty much just a salad pusher (keep reading for Denise’s amazing Caesar dressing), but at least the greens are abundant.  The pea vines are FINALLY flowering and I hope by next week we can start picking.  Strawberries began ripening this week and the first bulbing fennel are beginning to fatten up.  Mustard greens and baby bok choy are making their way into the kitchen and the first big bundle of carrots wound up in Julies Indian stew.

Mild Mesclun Blend

Last Friday it struck me that the garden had burst into bloom.  There are flowers everywhere.  And poor Billy, it’s like he’s glued to that John Deer mower.  If it weren’t for books on tape he might go mad.  Instead sometimes I can hear his laughter over the sound of the engine.


Denise’s Caesar Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (4 cloves, if you like your salad to bite back!)
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 rounded tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1- 2 oz. can anchovy fillets

    Continuity Butterhead

  • Juice of one lemon (to taste)

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.

After tossing with greens, add Parmesan cheese.



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  • Shimi Rahim
    5:39 PM - 24 June, 2011

    What a nice post! My mouth is watering. Can’t wait to try this egg-free Caesar dressing. The image of Billy sitting on the mower, listening to books on tape and laughing is lovely.

  • Mary Tang
    12:06 AM - 26 June, 2011

    YUM; I can make that dressing but can’t raid your vegetable patch anymore. WOE

  • Elana Lim
    5:44 AM - 5 July, 2011

    Thank you for writing this post Kathy, and for the dressing recipe Denise! It was lovely to see you last week at Karen Joy Fowler’s Master Class. Exquisite food, perfect weather, and the garden in full bloom with the baby birds hovering. Loved and cherished every minute! Cheers, Elana

  • Jocelyn Fujii
    10:50 PM - 23 July, 2011

    Cathy and Denise! What a glorious flashback this is–to the gorgeous bounty of the garden, the royal feasts around the farmhouse table, all the good nurturing you have given us. I will try this dressing, but it will miss the Denise touch. Mahalo for your generous spirits and wonderful care you’ve given us. I miss Hedgebrook and hope it won’t be too long before i return. With love and gratitude, Jocelyn

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