Reassigning Untended Plots by July 5

Hi folks!

I’m just dropping a note to let you know that overall, I think the garden looks pretty great. But a few plots (and maybe you know who you are?) don’t look so great. They’re either not planted or overgrown with weeds or completely not overlooked, sad, empty, searching for fulfillment….   or actually have gone rogue, spilling into the walkways, or shading other plots!
I’m setting a deadline of July 5th for you to have your plot tended, or I’ll be giving it out. This will be your only warning. If your plot is in good shape, then you have nothing to worry about. And that’s pretty generous, really.. it’s more than 3 weeks, which is ample time.
July 5 also gives time for the new resident to get some overgrown tomatoes planted and maybe some lettuce and already-started cucumbers and peppers so the plot doesn’t just die a lonely, neglected, and jealous existence.
If you haven’t been down to tend your plot in the last while, then, well, maybe it would be in your best interest to get down to it.
Also, if you have not actually paid for your plot, you’re a bad person, and if I had a nun’s habit and a ruler, I’d smack you on the backs of your hands; lucky for you, I have neither of these things.
Please send your payment if you have’t made it yet to:
Fox Point Community Garden
PO BOX 603127 
PROV  RI  02906
Thank you for participating. 🙂
[ originally sent by email ]

Candied Bacon

There’s always candied bacon at the garden potlucks, because I always bring it. Now you can too, because I’m about to divulge my secret recipe. Vegetarians look away!

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It’s not actually my recipe – my mom found it in a newspaper years ago and mailed it to me as a joke. It turned out to be amazing and very easy, making it ideal for a party. Here’s what you need:

1 lb bacon

4 tbsp packed brown sugar

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of black pepper

Dash of cayenne pepper

Self-control

That’s it! And the last two are optional. Preheat your oven to 400F and mix up all your dry ingredients in a bowl. I tend to do very generous spoonfuls.

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Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. This is a messy dish, and you’ll be glad for the foil when it’s time to clean. Cut your bacon strips into thirds and lay ’em out flat. It’s fine if they overlap.

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Mix your dry ingredients together into a tasty powder.

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Shake it out over your bacon so it’s evenly coated, and pop it in the oven.

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Take it out 15 minutes later. By this time your house will have filled with a smell. The smell will make you wonder why you ever eat anything else. This is normal.

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Transfer the bacon to a few layered paper towels. Take it to your engagement or function, or eat it all yourself if your heart’s had it too easy lately.

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A Successful Potluck

Thank you thank you to everyone who came out last night to the first potluck of the year!

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We had revelry!

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We had lively discussion!

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And of course we had food. I don’t know who brought the chocolate and berry oatmeal bars, but they were excellent.

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Likewise with the quinoa squash salad.

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I brought my traditional candied bacon, which is always a hit despite being the only non-vegetarian, non-good-for-you option. I’ll do a post with the recipe to follow.

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Norma brought a strawberry rhubarb pie so good it disappeared before I could get a picture of it.

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And Justin and Keri brought homemade sushi. The secret ingredient? Cilantro!

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This was far from all the food – not pictured was popcorn, watermelon, roast vegetables, quiche, and all kinds of other goodies.

Potluck status: success!