Hierbas

I am a fan of the year-round herb garden. While plants like parsley and cilantro may come and go with the seasons, I can always count on a small plot of perennials to thrive when nearly everything else is starting from seed or starting to seed. Just outside my kitchen door I tend to the […]

November 25 2014      6 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

It looks like flat-leaf parsley, has a clean “green” flavor like parsley, belongs to the same family (Apiaceae) as parsley and is sometimes called wild Japanese parsley, but mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica) is a distinct herb that’s often used in Japanese and Chinese cooking. Mitsuba means “three leaves” in Japanese and refers to the way the […]

November 4 2014      14 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

I recently dug and divided the salad burnet in my herb garden and a thought occurred to me — why didn’t more people use this ancient herb? With its clean, crisp cucumber flavor, salad burnet is surprising to those who try it for the first time, and appreciated the more it’s used in the kitchen. […]

September 28 2014      23 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

Sometimes it feels like I’m waiting alllll summer for my basil to grow into a bush, and suddenly at the end of the season, boom. My Thai basil explodes overnight and I find myself blending and freezing several pints of pesto to save for the winter months. But fresh basil is a favorite of mine […]

September 13 2014      16 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

I propagated a few store-bought lemongrass stalks a few years ago when I first moved into my house, and every year since then, they’ve been the gift that keeps on giving, year round. Each little lemongrass plant (which began its life as a clump of three rooted stalks) has grown into a wild-looking shrub with […]

August 3 2014      33 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

Fennel is found in the wild all over California, and much to my amazement, many people consider it a weed… an aromatic, anise-flavored weed. I grew a small patch of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) in my garden this past spring, but my neighbor across the street has fennel growing en masse on his property. Every summer, […]

July 28 2014      11 comments     Linda Ly
Flores   Hierbas   Jardín

I’ve often thought green garlic was a culinary secret that only gardeners appreciated. Green garlic (also called spring garlic or baby garlic) is simply a young, immature bulb that hasn’t yet divided. It looks like an overgrown scallion or a small leek, and in fact it tastes like a cross of the two, with a […]

June 24 2014      13 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín   Verduras