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      26 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

Until I started making my own pasta, I always thought homemade pasta required a special pasta maker, a lot of space to hang up curtains of noodles, and a lot of time to devote in the kitchen. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Homemade pasta can be had with the most basic of kitchen implements: […]

December 5 2014      78 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas   Verduras

Pink peppercorns are often thought of as a gourmet spice, packaged in small, expensive jars and called for in fancy cookbooks. But in California, bucketfuls of the vibrant berries litter the ground all fall and winter, sometimes considered a nuisance by the gardener who has to rake them all up. It almost seems a food […]

December 2 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

I am a fan of the year-round herb garden. While plants like parsley and cilantro may come and go with the seasons, I can always count on a small plot of perennials to thrive when nearly everything else is starting from seed or starting to seed. Just outside my kitchen door I tend to the […]

November 25 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

It looks like flat-leaf parsley, has a clean “green” flavor like parsley, belongs to the same family (Apiaceae) as parsley and is sometimes called wild Japanese parsley, but mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica) is a distinct herb that’s often used in Japanese and Chinese cooking. Mitsuba means “three leaves” in Japanese and refers to the way the […]

November 4 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

I recently dug and divided the salad burnet in my herb garden and a thought occurred to me — why didn’t more people use this ancient herb? With its clean, crisp cucumber flavor, salad burnet is surprising to those who try it for the first time, and appreciated the more it’s used in the kitchen. […]

September 28 2014      24 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín