My basil have been going gangbusters in the vintage clawfoot bed. All summer long, the bees have been flitting about the fragrant flowers — dozens of them, to the point where you can hear a collective buzz as you walk by. Moments like these make me wish I had a beehive, because a colony feeding […]

November 3 2015      27 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

The five little things that made my week… 1. Bringing a spent sunflower head down to the chicken run. The ladies love their little treat! If you have the space, it’s worth growing a crop of sunflowers near your run every summer. As the flowers fade, they naturally drop their seeds. It gives them something […]

August 7 2015      34 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Flores   Frutas   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      17 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

Strawberries. Fresh. From my berry patch!

September 16 2013      19 comments     Linda Ly
Frutas   Hierbas   Jardín   Verduras

This refreshing syrup is one of my summer stand-bys. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming in after a hot and heavy day in the garden, cranking the SodaStream, and filling an icy tall glass with lemon and basil-infused soda. (My guy prefers it with gin during our home happy hours.) Whether you like it boozy […]

September 13 2011      6 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Summer has gotta be my favorite season. Besides the beach cruising, the warm-water surf, and the longer hours of daylight, it’s the season when two of my favorite flavors come together so prolifically — sweetly bursting tomato and richly aromatic basil. This summer I’m growing seven types of tomatoes and eight types of basil, all […]

August 16 2011      6 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas   Verduras

One of my favorite herbs sits in my perennial herb bed, and it’s a basil. Yep, a perennial basil. I never even knew such a thing existed until I found my African Blue at a nursery. It flowers almost year-round with pretty purple and lavender buds on long stems, but never bolts and tastes just […]

May 16 2011      14 comments     Linda Ly
Flores   Hierbas   Jardín