Every year, there seems to be a new “superfood” on the scene. Blueberries. Pomegranates. Acai berries. Purple kale. What they all have in common, besides being the “it” ingredient in countless smoothie recipes, is the presence of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring compounds that give plants their vibrant purple, pink, red, and blue coloring and […]

May 3 2016      8 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

Once in a while I’ll find volunteer carrots in the garden — tiny fern-like sprouts poking up from in between the mulch, or growing happily next to the numerous volunteer squash that seem to pop up all over the place after a new layer of compost has been laid. These volunteer carrots come from seeds that […]

June 6 2014      19 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

Ever since my carrot top salsa recipe, I’ve received a great number of emails asking if (or even insisting that) carrot tops are toxic. I’ll just get straight to the point: This popular myth has been perpetuated through continual hearsay and personal anecdotes, and I have yet to find any scientific study that says, once […]

July 11 2013      60 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

I have a love/hate with carrot tops. The feathery greens — and I’m talking the good stuff from homegrown carrots or farmers’ market carrots, not the sad, wilty greens you sometimes find attached to carrots in supermarkets — are packed with potassium and other vitamins and minerals, more than what you’ll find in the roots […]

June 27 2013      55 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras

Quite literally, đồ chua means “sour stuff” — or Vietnamese pickles, in this case. It was a staple in my parents’ house while growing up, and eventually became a staple in my own grown-up house. It’s a very Vietnamese thing and reminds me of all the wonderful home cooking from my childhood. I can eat […]

May 15 2013      33 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras

I have a dirty, dirty little garden. I do. I don’t know what goes on at night, but this morning, I caught them all in the act… the carrots, that is. The Well-Endowed

April 12 2013      25 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Jardín

When I think of spring, I think of this salad. Fresh, green, earthy, full of life. Luckily for us southern climates, winter tends to feel like spring most days, so I’ve had the ingredients for this salad growing in my garden all season and this recipe makes perfect use of them. As the superstar of […]

February 4 2013      13 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras