It’s not even summer yet, but it sure feels like it. The current heatwave in Los Angeles has us sweltering in 90-plus degree heat, even out on the coast where it’s usually temperate. And if you stepped inside a California supermarket right now, you’d think summer was in full swing. Our produce aisles are packed […]

April 30 2014      16 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

With lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees that are at least 10, 20, and 30 years old, respectively, this time of year is a citrus bonanza in my backyard. And though there’s no shortage of fruit in the kitchen, I hate letting any part of it go to waste. I zest, squeeze, and juice my way […]

March 27 2014      2 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

The drought in California, which was officially declared an emergency by Governor Jerry Brown a few weeks ago, has definitely taken its toll on my garden this winter. What’s usually filled with hefty vegetables and verdant vines is a plot of seedlings struggling to get started and a trellis of peas barely hanging on in […]

January 29 2014      24 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Last week while I was on the road, I kept hearing from friends who caught the mystery bug that’s “been going around”… and apparently this bug gets around quite a bit, as it moved from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Monterey Bay and all the way down to Los Angeles. Thankfully we never met, […]

January 13 2014      25 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

This is the kind of salad I make after I’ve pruned a row of fava bean plants. Now that you know you can actually eat them, fava greens make an excellent salad green, tasting faintly of favas — very mild and slightly sweet. The blossoms themselves are one of my favorite edible flowers. I don’t […]

December 17 2013      15 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas   Leguminosas

Let’s get down to the business of donuts. Or doughnuts. Or do-nots, as I’ve been calling them lately as I sneak a guilty glance at my shiny new donut pan and ponder what flavor to make next. But guilt no more. These babies are baked, not fried, and I tinkered with my base recipe at […]

July 30 2013      34 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

I’m a pretty lazy water drinker. It’s terrible to admit, especially when I spend so much time outside and need the hydration. But sometimes water is just boring, and some fancy flavored thing in a bottle seems so much nicer on a hot summer day. But since we were swigging beers all day yesterday (anyone […]

July 5 2013      36 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas   Hierbas