Mary's Veggie Garden

February 11, 2013

Got Color?

Filed under: Parsnips,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 7:20 am

We are advised to eat five a day – is that vegetables or colors? No matter, this meal has both.

Hamburger glop - an old standby.

Hamburger glop – an old standby.

Hamburger Glop is what I call it – a no-recipe creation that accepts lots of substitutions. Start by browning some hamburg then drain the fat. Next add chopped garlic, onions and peppers & sauté a bit, then add tomatoes, fresh or canned, and herbs.  Mix in some cooked grain – rice, buckwheat, quinoa, or pasta and melt your favorite cheese over the top.

So what’s on this plate? This glop contains:

  • Red, yellow and orange peppers from the freezer
  • Canned tomatoes – still using my 2011 crop
  • A purple Cabernet onion – they are storing very well in my root cellar. I find the skins are difficult to remove.
  • Russet Burbank potatoes from the root cellar (I guess the potatoes make this dish ‘ hash’.)
  • Basil from my freezer.

As sides, there are Purple sweet potatoes and Waltham Butternut squash from my supply in the basement. I baked both couple of days ago to provide leftovers for several days.

The only parts from the market are the hamburg, cheese, and garlic.

I apologize for the bad photo – I just washed the smear off the lens. We’ve finished dinner & the food is gone so I can’t take another picture.

I also harvested this week. I figured I should dig some parsnips before the blizzard hides them.

Parsnips harvested as the snow flies...

Parsnips 11 oz. harvested as the snow flies…

It’s been cold enough that the ground has finally frozen (unlike last winter.)  The leaves mulching the parsnips came up as a frozen chunk – we got a lot of rain about a week ago which froze solid in the mulch.  Underneath the frozen part, the ground was loose and the parsnips  were easy to dig.  I hope I got the last of the beets two weeks ago, because that area was not well mulched and it is frozen solid.

In Poughkeepsie the blizzard wasn’t too bad. Though about 1′ of snow fell our power stayed on.



  1. Your hamburger glop is making me SO hungry. I wonder if I’ll ever get to the point where we have enough harvest to put away for winter. The way things were this last year (our first gardening) the things we had extra of, we still ended up eating before the summer was over!

    Comment by pooks — February 11, 2013 @ 10:15 am | Reply

    • My first year was so long ago (1979) I can’t remember if I had enough to store. But it wasn’t long before I was canning tomatoes and saving winter squash (spaghetti and butternut) in the basement. Saving squash is easy as long as your basement reaches 55 degrees F. Which probably makes it difficult in TX.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — February 11, 2013 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  2. Wish I had dug in my parsnips before the snow, hopefully the snow is protecting them.

    Comment by Norma Chang — February 11, 2013 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  3. I do a somewhat similar hamburger dish and it always goes over well. Lots of good eating coming from your vegetable garden.

    Comment by kitsapfg — February 11, 2013 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

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  5. It looks like a wonderful meal. I used to do something similar before I started having trouble with eating solanums.

    Comment by Daphne — February 13, 2013 @ 7:20 am | Reply

    • With peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes it is packed full of solanaceous veggies.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — February 13, 2013 @ 7:56 am | Reply

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