If you’ve made my lemongrass-ginger syrup, you’re probably wondering what else you can do with it besides pouring bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales. (Not that there’s anything wrong with bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales!) So, how about a spritzy white sangria filled with all of our favorite flavors of summer: tangy lemongrass, zippy ginger, juicy peach, and a hearty […]
I grow a few different varieties of strawberries (as well as blueberries and other berries) but the stars of all my summer berries, hands down, are the Yellow Wonder alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca). Alpine strawberries are just about the most perfect patio plant you could hope for. Green, lush, prolific, and full of melt-in-your-mouth berries […]
1. One of my favorite things about summer. (There are four or five varieties of tomatoes in there!)
The five little things that made my week… 1. A harvest of Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumbers. Sometimes I’ll trick friends into trying one by saying it’s a mini watermelon.
I have a new favorite guacamole. It’s hard to pry my greedy hands away from my previous favorite, Grapefruit Guacamole (especially with my garden laden with grapefruits and avocados right now), but I have to say that this concoction kind of tops it. I’ve always been a fan of cooked avocado (as you might remember […]
I finally broke down (or rather, my 10-year-old bender finally broke down) and bought a Ninja Ultima blender — seriously, best investment for the kitchen this summer. This thing doesn’t just blend, it pulverizes! Anything and everything I put in it! Needless to say, I’ve been on a juice and smoothie kick the last few […]
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 […]