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Friday, November 9, 2012
You may know from my blog, that growing up, Dad had plenty of gardens. After he retired, he established the first community garden in Louisville, and later created the display garden at the Louisville Zoo, maintaining it for several years.
Along with the produce from those gardens, he had a large garden at home, which yielded even more produce. There was never a lack of fresh vegetables growing up, nor later when Bill and I had our own home. Oh, I had a garden at our house too!
The produce was all fresh and delicious, except for the broccoli. It’s great frozen, but tastes totally different to me when fresh. Spinach is another matter ~ I adore it, no matter if it’s fresh, frozen or canned. I even liked it when I was a kid. I was the one at school who ate the other kids’ spinach to avoid reprimands from the lunchroom monitors. I was happy to do them the favor, and eat their spinach.
Nowadays, we usually enjoy spinach with just a little salt and pepper, but when I want to doctor it up, this is the recipe. It’s quick and tasty!
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup onion, minced
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon each, salt and seasoned pepper
2 (10-ounce) bags fresh spinach
¾ cup half and half
¼ cup Gruyère cheese, grated
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
Add onion and sauté until soft.
Whisk in flour and seasonings.
Stir in half and half and cheese and heat well, stirring until sauce has thickened slightly.
Place spinach in sauce in batches and cook until wilted, covering after each addition.
Adjust seasonings if needed.
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!