Spring’s Victory Garden! + Sautéed Soybean recipe

Gallery of the Spring Garden

Today is the first day of Spring! This morning we overheard the pups deep in conversation:

Dante: “Woo wo woo wooo.” (translation) “Daddy says today it is officially Spring.”

Sierra: “Snort, puff, snort?” (tr.) But I thought it’s been spring for months now?”

Dante: “Woof woo woo!” (tr.) “But now it’s official!”

Sierra: “Snort, grunt!” (tr.) “I don’t get it! I’ve been nosing flowers for long time now!”

Dante: “Ear flap, woof wo wooo.” (tr.) “No, it’s not about the weather, it’s about the earth’s rotation.”

Sierra: “Body shake, snort, snort?!” (tr.) “What’s rotation? I thought everything revolved around me!”


The year has been flying by at breakneck speed and we’ve already reached the Spring Equinox.  Spring is officially here.  While many parts of the country, and world, are still getting snow (good for skiing, huh Jen!), we’ve been basking in warm 70° sunshine (good for growing.)  So for those of you who are ansy to put away the winter clothes, here’s a glimpse of our springtime to help warm you up and let you think of the delightful times to come. Smell the sweet blossoms and feel the gentle warmth of the sunshine on your skin.   Ease back in your chair and hear the melodic tweets of the jovial birds. Spring is on it’s way.

Cuddling in the warm weather and amongst our plethora of seedlings are the pesky rats. These critters have been attacking our soybean plants to no end. At one point, we thought the plants were big enough to hold their own again these thieves, but waking up to a plot of decapitated soybeans seedling proves that the rats love soybeans.

Well, we love our soybeans too and and can’t wait for the plants to finally start bearing beans, if they get to that point at all. So until then, we had a sauteed soybean lunch today that was tasty and satisfying, with the hope of having our own fresh soybeans this summer. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the pests don’t eat our grown soybeans before we do. Until then, thank goodness for Trader Joe’s edamame!


Sauteed Soybean/Edamame Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Quick and easy, this side dish takes only about 10 minutes.  Especially if you buy the pre-shelled soybeans.


  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 3 Shallots, roughly diced
  • 3 Garlic cloves, mashed or finely diced
  • 1/2 lb Soybeans (shelled, pre-cooked)
  • few sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Sea salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/2 T Soy Sauce


  1. Over med. high heat, warm saute pan.  Add olive oil, then after it warms, add shallots.  After shallots soften (@2 min.) lower heat to medium, add garlic and saute for another minute or two.
  2. Add soybeans and thyme.  Season with  salt, pepper, and soy sauce, then continue to cook until soybeans are fully heated (@ 1 min.)
  3. Serve warm or allow to cool and serve at room temp.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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  1. Hoangdan Williams

    Very refreshing website. It’s so fresh and insightful. Love it! Oh, and thanks for the pictures on the Vietnamese herbs with their names. I always make Vietnamese wraps with the herbs for friends but never was able to tell them what the precise name was aside from “vietnamese herb”. Now I can tell them exactly what it is without getting blank stares!

  2. Kara L. Kraemer

    Your garden is truly an inspiration. I can see how such a lovely garden would add that much more joy in day-to-day living.

  3. Paula Ruisi


    It is best to freeze par-boiled soy beans, then when you are ready to use some, thaw them for about a 1/2 hour & it will be quick to finish the recipe. – WORC

  4. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Yummy….I love edamame and usually keep a pack or two in my refrigerator for some healthy munching! (Beats them crisps/chips anytime!)

  5. Just Cook It

    Fabulous, just wonderful. We’re big fans of Edamame here as well. Until recently you could only get them in Oriental supermarkets but the Big Four seem to be catching on rapidly.

  6. matt wright

    OK, there is officially nothing that you guys don’t grow. Loving this, since we are about to start our own little garden this year. Love the shot of the soybeans.

    What is the difference between pineapple sage, and regular? All the herbs you guys grow is so fantastic.

    That Wisteria is OMG amazing. One of my favorite plants.

  7. Precious Pea

    Ahh…Spring! My favourite season of the year. Looking at all those lovely produces in your garden, I wish I could be there to smell the crisp air.

  8. Simply...Gluten-free

    Happy first day of spring to you both! Enjoy that beautiful garden of yours.

  9. White on Rice Couple

    Thanks again everyone for such wonderful compliments. We feel so lucky to be able to grow what we do and love to share it. The soy beans have been slow growing (those that weren’t decapitated), so we are hoping when it warms a bit more that they will finally take off. However it looks like it will be a very good tomato year! Thanks for sharing what your gardens are like right now. Love it! T & D

  10. Valisa

    OMG what a gorgeous garden. I am totally in awe and envying you! Our spring is nothing like yours – 60percent of my front garden is still sleeping. Can’t wait for all of it to come alive again.
    And that’s what I call an easy peasy recipe 😉 Will definitely try it. Never cooked with Edamame before – usually just used it as snack.

  11. Dani

    Omigawd, rats? We certainly don’t have that problem here on the high plains. Well, we have nothing green either except a tiny bit of brave parsley and a few sprigs of courageous chives. I have jonquils just starting to bloom. We’re due for a couple of days of snow mid-week and night-time temps below 20.

    Am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver again, and am truly in tune right now with the deep, primal cravings for green foods. It’s not fun being a locavore this time of year, that’s for sure. Or I should say, trying to be. I capitulated at the grocery store yesterday. Even bought strawberries that are SO bad, I had to doctor them with agave and kefir to make them palatable. LOL. We live vicariously through your blog, friends!

  12. Simone (junglefrog)

    Wow… your garden looks amazing. Imagine that we have spring here now as well, but the garden is still bare with the exception of my winterflowers that are still there, but I cannot wait to be able to start growing stuff again as well! The winter has been pretty cold as last year around this time it was a lot greener!

  13. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    Your garden looks great guys. I checked my seedlings this morning and I finally have signs of life! yeah! The oregano is just peeking it’s head out. I’m closely watchin’ the rest. It will be a few months before we plant here in RI, but I am busy planning and dreaming about fresh herbs and veggies.

  14. Botacook

    This garden is absolutely wonderful, I would love to have one like this. So you have plenty of herbs and vegetables to eat 🙂

  15. Yaelian

    Gosh,you have such lovely things in your garden! And you are even growing you own soybeans! Hope that you get rid of the critters attacking them.I love fresh soybeans, have them in my freezer now and will definately try your recipe for them 🙂

  16. Christie @ Fig & Cherry

    Your garden is glorious edible sanctuary! Congrats guys!

    I never thought to grow fresh soy beans – I am soooo gonna seek out some seeds… When I get back from my 6 month trip to London! 🙂

  17. pam

    Gorgeous pictures! I wanted to tell you that I received the cookbook, Secrets from the Red Lantern. It’s amazing. I’m going to be posting about it soon. Thank you so much! A question about your pictures, what is Viet Balm?

    So glad you liked the book. They’ve done a great job with it. To answer your question, Viet balm in Vietnamese is known as Kinh Gioi. We like to call it lemon mint. It is related to shiso. The texture of the leaf is slightly softer than spearmint with a citrusy, almost lemongrass like flavor. You can see more about it on our Viet Herb site here. Todd – WORC

  18. White on Rice Couple

    Thanks for the compliments on the garden, everyone! We may just have to do another garden tour video in the near future. Anyone have any plans for their gardens when the weather gets better in your area? Us garden geeks can’t get enough! Thanks again for visiting. Todd.

  19. Mary

    Your garden is beautiful!!

  20. flfarmgirl

    There you go again, making me love you more and more–showing me that beautiful garden. I love Spring blossoms. That white peach–to die for. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Julia

    thanks for translating the conversation, my dog-ese is a little rusty. Your garden looks great! I’m especially jealous of your kaffir limes… I just planted my seeds so it will be a few more weeks before I see anything popping up. I’ll just admire your garden in the meantime.

  22. Srivalli

    wow…thats such a lovely garden!…great pictures…your blog has come out so beautifully well..great to be here…

  23. Food Woolf

    I love the garden tour. Love the simple, easy edamame recipe even more (especially now that I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, and need to start eating a lot more soy)! You inspire me to find my way into having a green thumb.
    xoxo, B

  24. Allen of EOL

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … what a fricken’ beautiful garden you’ve created. So amazing!

    I must be a rat because I love soybeans too 🙂

  25. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Here it is, another Spring already, and I’m still drooling over your beautiful garden! Mr. SGCC promised to dig out some beds for me LAST Spring and I’m still waiting! Will you adopt me? 😉

  26. helen

    Again, I’m green with envy. There are no signs of life here in Vancouver. I will have a vegetable bed this year, but planting won’t start until May, it looks.

  27. Fiona

    What a gorgeous garden! Any garden tours/classes in the future?

  28. Rebecca (Foodie With Family)

    Oh my. I have miles to go before I sleep. Nothing is even close to budding here. We still have snow and every now and then I hear a couple weak peepers. I’ll have to live vicariously until May 🙂

  29. Asianmommy

    What a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Phoo-D

    Now that is a sight for winter weary eyes! Just beautiful. I love that you are growing your own soybeans! Oscar has been wondering why we’ve all of a sudden been out in the yard with him too. Must be the weather!

  31. Jennifer

    I juat made a edamame and cauliflower recipe that I will psot next week. By the way, a contest involving healthy eating and PEEPS on my blog.

  32. Christine D.

    Yum!! Looks like a nice change of pace from my microwaved edamame with sea salt, haha.

    Your garden looks as beautiful as ever. I always get kind of emotional looking at your garden pictures, seeing how rich it is and how much time and care you both put into it (along with a hint of jealousy on my part, haha!).

  33. Heather

    i seriously cannot get over how gorgeous your garden is. i wish i could get a plant to last more than a week! and your puppies are quite conversational (and adorable!). Nick and I also love sitting around and discussing what we think Roxie is thinking at any moment. I think we credit her with a lot more intelligence than she deserves 😉

  34. Justopia

    What a nice welcome to Spring. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!

  35. Marc @ NoRecipes

    Wow what a gorgeous garden! Those radishes look amazing. And I like what you did with the edamame.

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