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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Beats me. We've all been working from home since the zombie apocalypse started.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I'm assuming your office mates are getting a little tired of okra too?
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    My blackberries and raspberries are a forest right now. It's embarassing. I guess if you have problems, those are the ones to have. I wish I had some of your okra. Planted beets on Sunday where the potatoes had been. I love me some pickled beets.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    These are all Romas but only because the San Marzanos were sold out. I don't know if I can tell a difference. Here is what I did. Got some food grade diatomaceous earth. Filled up an empty apple juice plastic bottle and drilled multiple holes in lid. Went out the evening and squeezed the bottle which dispenses (puffs) the diatomacous earth over and around the leaves. Those squash borers will get that on them and it will dessicate them as they are cut by the sharp edges. You will need to reapply after a rain. It works for all insects so I do it at night when bees are gone. Bees shouldn't be on the leaves anyway.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Nice! San Marzono 'maters? My "farm" is completely out of control too. The okra is over 6' tall now, and producing between 1.25 - 1.75 lbs every single day. Squash vine borers have killed a few pumpkin plants, and possible a couple of cucumbers, but they've all spread about 4'-5' outside of their beds in every direction.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tomatoes have kicked into overdrive.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Asparagus close up.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Picture of asparagus. My garden went rogue around mid April.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    +a boat-load
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Not so fast Chef Boyardee. There are some dishes you might want to consider - okra pancakes; okra sorbet; okra thermidor (Swampy, please check spelling on that); spam, eggs, sausage and okra; okra in a mango reduction with rosemary; okra, spam, eggs, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam and okra and my personal favorite; Belgian chocolate caramel cheesecake with whipped madagascar vanilla bean and white chocolate pudding center with roasted, sugared, slivered almonds and marinated in an orange and grapefruit zest honey bourbon sauce dribbled with an okra glaze and those little sprinkles on top.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    ...I'll let myself out.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Racist.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Those look fantastic. The tamales are calling my name. I'm going to have to try okra again next year. I did have an okra pod at my desk until recently that had a pipe cleaner 'do' and some funny eyes that I called Okra Winfrey. Those were back in the days when you could laugh at stuff.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    BTW, my new favorite way to cook okra (believe me, I'm trying everything I can) is actually just about the simplest. A very light dusting with some seasoned flour (I use some Tony Chachere's, pepper, paprika and cumin...but whatever) and then just sautéed in garlic-flavored olive oil until the flour is lightly browned. It eliminates the "sliminess" and leaves with a texture I can best compare to a toasted marshmallow. Just on the verge of becoming crisp on the outside, but with a soft interior. I still dearly love it with cornmeal and deep-fried, but I'm trying to be a little less damn-your-arteries-full-speed-ahead about it. Here it is with some beef tamales that I ordered from an outfit in Ft. Worth, covered in some chili with a bunch of queso blanco melted into it. OK, so I'm easing into this whole eat-healthier thing. (Full-sized original)
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    OK, okra. You win. Over 1 lb from you per day...every day...is more than I can keep up with. Anyway, like I was sayin', okra is the fruit of the garden. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, okra-kabobs, okra creole, okra gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple okra, lemon okra, coconut okra, pepper okra, okra soup, okra stew, okra salad, okra and potatoes, okra burger, okra sandwich. That- that's about it. (Full-sized original)
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    That's funny....my other head and I were just wondering the same thing.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Do you live next to a nuclear facility?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    The okra plants are just over 6' tall now with trunks that are about 1.5" in diameter, so you're not far off.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Pickle trees are my favorite trees ...after white oaks, live oaks, and most of the other oaks .... Don't @ me .....
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  • crookedeye's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    i thought pickles grew on trees... nice looks good
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