Just over two years ago I sold my neighbor’s house to a terrific family. I was thrilled to welcome this new family into the neighborhood, but I truly had no idea how lucky I was about to become. Maria her husband Kevin and her son Oliver are blessed with green thumbs. They have created a beautiful, envy-worthy edible garden that I could only dream about.
Some people are just naturals when it comes to gardening. Though I am not blessed with a green thumb, I am so lucky that my neighbor is. I felt compelled to share these photos on my blog so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this garden. But I can promise this, it’s even more beautiful when you taste it!
After a recent haul of their garden, I took home some gorgeous cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil. I made a yellow cucumber zoodle salad seasoned with purple basil, hot peppers, olive oil, Newport Sea Salt , pepper and vinegar. Then I stewed up some orange tomatoes and carrots with onion, basil and olive oil and laid them over a dish of bow tie pasta. It was one of the best meals I have prepared this summer and the freshness was to die for! I also threw together a pepper, tomato & basil sauce. Perfect over pasta or grilled chicken or fish. I love cooking straight out of a garden, there is really nothing like the flavor when you go from the dirt to the dish.