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Garlic Scape Pesto Pizza with Egg

Last Fall I planted two varieties of garlic in one of my raised beds: German Extra Hardy from Seed Savers Exchange and some unknown variety from a local nursery.  They quickly sprouted a few weeks later and I just let the garlic rest and do its things over the rest of the Fall and Winter.  Even after being covered with tons of Cleveland snow, they all perked back up and continued to grow through early Spring.  Over the past few weeks, the prized scape started appearing on the plants.  The plant shoots up this scape with a pointed flower bud on the tip–it comes from the middle of the plant and is very firm and curvy.   By trimming the scape off at the base, you have 2 major benefits.  One, it pushes the plant to send more of its energy into growing the bulb in the soil below.  Two, you get to eat these deliciously garlic-y jewels.  You don’t have to have your garden to enjoy these–just visit your local farmers market or you may even …

For the love of peonies

It’s the beginning of Fall and I already can’t help but think about Spring.  In my 15 years living in cities (Washington DC and New York,) one of my favorites memories of Spring is walking around my neighborhood and in the distance spotting the amazing pops of fuscia and red and white and pink peonies in buckets outside of corner bodegas.  Once I was closer, the fragrance was intoxicating, better than roses.  Then I had to choose which ones to take home (because they were always pricey–2-3 stems for $15-$20 or so.)  Would I take home the ones with buds that weren’t open yet or ones that were open and full, knowing they might not last too much longer?  When I finally made my choice and brought them home, I cherished them.  So cheerful.  And just like that, they were gone from the bodegas–their season so sadly short. One of the great benefits of living in the suburbs now and with a generous yard and floral beds, I’m able to plant my own peonies.  (Have …