Back in May I made my annual birthday list of things I’m working towards in the next year. I can officially cross one of those items after 2 months of being 24. “A flower finally grows in the heat of my front porch.” off the list.
I planted Rudbeckia in bright red pots this year and so far they seem to love hanging out in the million degree heat that is an afternoon on our front porch. Well. They were before vacation. We’ll see what they look like after vacation. In humidity that makes me melt, Rudbeckia’s sunny disposition trucks right along. Small gardening victory. Next year I’ll be checking into some of the more colorful varieties.
Just time for a quick post today. Monday morning is quickly approaching and there is lots to do before the week begins. Here’s a quick side perfect for a Sunday night dinner on the deck. What’s more localin Minnesota than wild rice?
Wild Rice Pilaf
Adapted from the St. Paul Farmers’ Market Cookbook
1 Tbsp. sunflower oil Smude Oil, Pierz, MN
1 red onion, chopped Homegrown
1 green pepper, chopped Homegrown
1 clove garlic, finely chopped St. Paul Farmers’ Market
2 C. cooked wild rice Northern Lake Wild Rice, St. Paul, MN
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped Homegrown
1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped Homegrown
1. Drizzle sunflower oil in a medium skillet. Saute onion, pepper and garlic in oil for 3-4 minutes. Add wild rice and herbs and cook until heated through. Serve warm.