Once you’ve had a sip of freshly pressed, unfiltered, unsweetened apple cider, the “apple juice” sold in stores just cannot compare. And luckily for those who’ve never tried it, fresh apple cider abounds this time of year. What exactly is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? After all, cider is essentially the juice […]

October 23 2014      22 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

I didn’t make too many donuts this summer… I don’t know why. Maybe the heat is to blame. And the fact that baking always equates to heating up the house even more with the oven. And that baked goods (especially donuts) always, must, go hand in hand with a hot mug of coffee — neither […]

October 10 2014      25 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

I’ve been road tripping around Northern California all month (have you been following me on Instagram?) and as the weeks have passed, I’ve really been enjoying the change of seasons. The pine needles are dropping, the leaves are turning color, and the days are getting cooler. It’s something we don’t see much of in Southern […]

September 23 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

So after eating apples for a week and barely making a dent in my U-pick bushel, it was time to get serious about them. I needed to reduce my mountain of apples into something I could savor long into the season, but not doctor up with a mountain of sugar. Hello, apple butter. Apple butter […]

October 5 2012      12 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Nothing says fall quite like rolling hillsides full of apple orchards, with fresh, ripe apples literally falling off the trees. We don’t get much of a fall where I live on the coast — our trees stay green and our air stays warm — so it’s always a treat to journey inland to the beautiful […]

October 2 2012      10 comments     Linda Ly

Last week I had the honor of hosting Jere Gettle (as in the Jere Gettle from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, pictured at right) and Paul Wallace (the man in charge of Baker Creek’s west coast branch, the Petaluma Seed Bank) at my humble little abode. They were only in town for a day or two, […]

April 3 2012      16 comments     Linda Ly

One day’s harvest over the weekend… Bidwell casaba melon, Japanese Summer Top cucumber, Purple Plum and White Hailstone radishes, Striata d’Italia zucchini, Red Zebra tomatoes, Sweet Chocolate bell peppers (the first ripe ones this season!), Poona Kheera cucumber, Strie Patisson Melange squash, and a pair of crisp golden apples. Now I just need to go […]

August 22 2011      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
Frutas   Jardín   Verduras