kitchen concoctions

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

With weeks of recipe developing still ahead of me for my forthcoming cookbook, the recipes on the blog have been waning — mostly because at the end of a long day in the kitchen, the last thing I want to do is cook some more. It’s a little ironic that after making all these beautiful, […]

March 17 2014      5 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras

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      22 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Before I dive into the details, I’ll get straight to the story first: I signed a book deal! (There it is on the table, done and done.) And… It’s a cookbook! Typing out those words is something I still can’t believe. I’ve been sitting on this news for a few months and it should’ve been […]

January 27 2014      69 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Trabajo

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

Every time we harvest our bananas (an entire bunch at a time), it means we have to clear some space in the freezer for the bananas that inevitably turn brown and mushy because we can’t eat them fast enough. While unappealing at first, brown and mushy bananas are actually the perfect ripeness for things like […]

December 23 2013      10 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Ah, ’tis the season. Even here in Southern California, where we don’t have as much differentiation between the seasons, I’m always surprised at the turn of weather when I’m no longer sitting on the porch sipping rosemary lemonade. Instead, I find myself cozied up in the kitchen, pouring myself a steamy hot toddy scented with […]

December 19 2013      17 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina