I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Shoot Out: Tastes and Smells

There is the overwhelming fragrance on a walk through the Amador flower farm in the Shenandoah Valley of the California Foothills....

And the wonderful, spicy smell of freshly sliced strawberries from the Great Central Valley....

But have you taken a deep breath while picking the tomatoes from your own garden?

 Have you smelled the subtle sweetness of a hand full of beans?
Or the fresh watery aroma of a freshly picked Zucchini ?

 Has the Basil captured your senses as you walk by on a hot summer day?
Nature has it's own way of getting your attention, but if you want lip smacking, in your face, goodness for your senses....
Put some fragrant flowers on your table, then go into the kitchen and make some Pesto with the freshly picked basil leaves. Cook some of the beans, cool them and put oil and vinegar dressing on them.  Now, slice some tomatoes and zucchini and add them to the beans.
Add some Pesto to some cooked pasta. Sweeten the strawberries and add a dollop of whipped cream for dessert.
How is that for the aromas and  flavors of Summer? Want to come for dinner?

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  1. Your photos are great so are your descriptions. I wish I lived closer I would love to come to dinner, you made my mouth water. Have a blessed day. Madelline

  2. It would almost be worth the airfare just to come to dinner! You have so many of my favourite smells on offer. Terrific shoot out!

  3. can you smell the rattle sanke or can the rattle snake smell you?

  4. I love pesto, and this year is the first time the basil behaved itself and didn't bolt instantly. Now I'm set to make pasta all winter! with fresh tomatos, too.
    Great shootout, thanks!

  5. All your smell are so fresh, and yummy!

  6. love all the country smells you have posted. the sliced strawberries look very good!! love your descriptions.

  7. Oh you are so right. The smells in the garden of those fresh vegetables and/or fruits. Can't beat it. you did a great job with this post. Thanks for your visit too.

  8. This is a very evocative set of photos and text, just perfect. It's so true that a garden is loaded with fragrance and not just from flowers! This summer I have picking bunches of basil and keeping them in a little vase of water in the kitchen as though they were blossoms; I love it.

  9. You aer living my dream. I love your post and your writing style. Great job.

  10. How are you fixed for tomato horn worms? Remember capturing those dragon-like creatures when we were kids? Your strawberries are exquisite and they look like they are actually ripe. Where did you get them? I haven't seen a ripe strawberry, outside of a home garden or U-Pick garden, in years. Okay, Bill Gates, when are you going to get physical transference incorporated into our computers? I want a taste of those berries!! ~Dawn

  11. Can you smell the Rattlesnake or can the Rattlesnake smell you?

  12. Love this! I am in snake country, but luckily have not seen one yet! or heard, or smelled, or...only the thought follows me along the clear roads...


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