Literally Enjoying the Fruits of My Labor

By: Chef John Chapiewski, Russell County High School

As some of you may know, I am the culinary arts instructor at Russell County High School and recently our students helped plant a garden on campus. I was amazed at just how much work goes into starting a garden and maintaining it. The tilling of the soil, the weeding, the planting, the watering, and of course the chasing away of the critters that help themselves to the plants. I wouldn’t mind so much for that last one if only the deer would help pick out the weeds!

Anyway, in watering the garden the other day I noticed that the squashes and the eggplants are starting to grow along with the watermelons and the onions. Very exciting. I have already planned what we are going to plant for the fall season. Maybe I should worry about what I have planted right now. Anyway, I have plans for the squashes including roasted vegetable salad with a balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese, yellow squash casserole, and stuffed zucchini. And of course, my old favorite, ratatouille. Not the movie, the Italian vegetable stew! Have a great summer and try to stay cool.

Chef John

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