Garden Fresh Peas

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There is nothing more satisfying to me than to be able to go our of my front or back door and eat from the gardens. What a treat that is. Of course, now we are feeding the rabbits and deer as well but we do plant more than we could possibly harvest because of this. Little jack rabbit needs to eat as well.
If you do not live where you can have your own garden in the ground or on a balcony, the abundance of farmer’s markets are impressive. I can remember years ago,, the only fresh produce we could purchase was from a produce stand on Main Street. I cannot remember the name of the stand, but I do remember the sweet smells of cantaloupes, corn and tomatoes.
We planted three varieties of peas and beans this year. Do you have a favorite pea recipe that you would like to share? I will post it here should you decided for more people to read and hopefully try.

Garden Fresh Peas

Ingredients

  • 1lb fresh pea
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leaf mint (for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons minced mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Prepare of bowl of ice and water large enough to hold the peas.
Bring a pot of salted water to a biol. Add the peas and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove the peas with a slotted spoon and place in the ice water. After 5 minutes, remove the peas from the water and drain on paper towels to absorb the excess water. Set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil. After 2 minutes, add the ham and cook until the ham is slightly brown along the edges. Please keep loving eyes on the ham so it is not overcooked. remove from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
In a measuring cup, add the

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