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Garden-Gating Recipe - Playoff Pizza with Leeks

  Playoff Pizza with Leeks

Ingredients:
5-6 'Dawn Giant' leeks
1 teaspoon fresh common thyme
6 leaves fresh sweet basil, chopped
5 'Power Pops' cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 'Early Italian' garlic clove, minced
½ cup Feta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pinch of ground black pepper
1 oven-ready pizza crust

 

Directions:
Prepare ready-made pizza crust as directed in oven until almost crisp. Take out of oven. (Naan bread works well.) Cut leeks. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan and sauté leeks, adding a little ground black pepper. Add garlic just as leeks start to caramelize. Cook for a few minutes more. Add scallions to pizza. Sprinkle with feta cheese and add cut cherry tomatoes. Heat in oven for 5 minutes. Ready to serve.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Fresh herbs can turn a nice dinner into a gourmet meal. Every gardener should have a small area close to the kitchen door full of wonderful herbs, but don't get carried away and plant every herb available. Start with herbs that can be used almost every day. In the warm-season garden, plant basil and oregano to spice up salads, pastas and to make pesto. Mints like peppermint or spearmint add flavor to ice tea. Rosemary sprigs make wonderful basting brushes for chicken on the grill and thyme is great for seasoning meats, bean and vegetable dishes.  In the cool-season garden include chives for baked potatoes, cilantro for wonderful Mexican dishes and parsley for garnishes and flavor.