Are you enjoying the summer as much as I am? Despite the muggy weather we've recently had in the Midwest, one of my favorite things about summer is harvesting the goodies from our garden. We planted a lot of our usual stuff like rosemary, sage, basil and chives as well as a variety of peppers and lettuce. We also planted tomatillos for the first time and the husks have started to form. I actually didn't realize that the husks form first. When I saw one over the weekend and reached out to touch it, it felt like it could collapse in my fingers since the tomatillo itself hasn't grown into it yet.
Gardens remind me that there's a process behind most things. If you think about it, nothing is where it is today without a lot of patience, love and hard work. Sometimes when we think we want something and then realize how much work is actually involved with achieving it, it can be easy to give up or not finish what we started.
When I helped prepare our first garden with Mike, he did most of the work. I loved the idea of a garden, but didn't love all the steps involved. In the beginning, I simply wasn't sold on it since we were within walking distance of a grocery store and we had farmer's markets nearby every Saturday. But, I'll never forget the first time I needed a pepper for a recipe and how cool it was to walk out into the backyard to get it. The work involved with not only starting, but maintaining a garden, all felt worth it. I've been hooked ever since. It just goes to show if you stick through the growing pains that come with anything new, whether it's a new idea, goal or dream, it can really pay off. It just takes some time.
In anticipation of harvesting our tomatillos next month, I decided to make Mike's Roasted Tomatillo Salsa this weekend. It tastes great with chips and tacos. It also gave me another excuse to use our Vitamix which has been a lot of fun for me. I love making soups, salsas and sauces with it. Everything gets mixed to your desired texture. Earlier this summer, I also made a Tomatillo Gazpacho with it. It was delicious, but after roasting the tomatillos for the salsa and loving the bold flavors, I may try roasting the tomatillos with the gazpacho recipe too.
What are some of your favorite tomatillo recipes? I'll need some more ideas when we harvest our first batch next month!
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