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 [...]
We’ve had an abnormal amount of rain in LA these past couple of months, and with all the rain came the nasturtiums. Fields of nasturtiums — all over my garden, popping up through the mulch, under the stairs, between the cracks, volunteering everywhere. Most people don’t give nasturtiums a second look. They’re sometimes regarded as [...]
It’s been cold around these parts… and by cold, I mean it’s hovering around 60°F. I know, I know. I’m a SoCal girl through and through. But when the weather starts to turn and I start to second-guess going out of the house in flip-flops, I think of soup. Rich, hearty, steamy soup. This is [...]
I’ve often wondered why lettuce and spinach aren’t summer crops. Whose idea was it to give us all those sweet, juicy tomatoes and fresh, crisp cucumbers in the summer, but no lettuce or spinach to go with them? Sure, there are ways to extend the life of your spring greens by giving them more shade [...]
… As my veggie-loving pug will tell you! Most people don’t realize that broccoli leaves are just as edible as the broccoli head itself. And I can’t blame them, since store-bought broccoli comes in a neat little package with only a few tiny leaves stuck to the head.
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, [...]
It probably doesn’t look like your average camp food. But before I left on a camping trip this past weekend, I raided the garden for some fresh grub to go alongside our chicken and steaks. It’s impressive how many meals you can make out of one harvest!