This has not been a stellar year for our backyard garden, but the few things we have gotten have been really good. The tomatoes have been rich and sweet and the peppers have just bounded with flavor – from the sweet bells to the fiery reds – they have been awesome.

And tonight’s cubanelle’s were no exception.

I had sent Victor a text this morning saying I had forgotten to take anything out of the freezer for dinner, tonight. He texted back saying he would take care of it – and then said he would also have dinner ready when I got home. My clever ruse worked!

We had 4 cubanelle’s that were growing bigger by the day – and with the luck we’ve been having, he decided they were going to be dinner tonight.

And what a treat!

He stuffed them with a spicy ground beef and rice mixture and then baked them in a bit of fresh tomato sauce. When they came out of the oven, he drizzled them with our special reserve Sicilian olive oil.

My stomach was smiling all through dinner – and it’s still smiling as I write this. There is something that is just so satisfying about eating things fresh from your own garden. Our yard just isn’t set up for growing a lot of things – too many trees and not enough sun – but the few things we have grown have really been a treat.

I doubt I’ll be canning anything this year, but we’ll definitely enjoy the things we get.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings…