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

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

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

This week I shared with you a recipe for Southern sweet tea with a secret ingredient (have you tried it yet?). And yesterday I shared a recipe for homemade lavender syrup which you can infuse your freshly squeezed lemonade with. Maybe some of you have already figured it out, but these two things, my friends, […]

June 7 2013      25 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas   Hierbas

I once found a deal on dried lavender buds that was too good to pass up. On a whim I bought the last bag — a big ol’ pound of it, and it’s been sitting in our kitchen ever since. In case you didn’t know, a pound is a lot of lavender buds. They weigh […]

June 6 2013      32 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas   Hierbas

This is one of my favorite times of year… The season that straddles spring and summer, when the days are long and warm and my lemon tree is bursting with bright yellow ornaments. These sunshiny days simply beg for the clink of ice cubes in a mason jar and the cold sip of a fresh […]

May 10 2013      34 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas   Hierbas

Sunshine in a bottle. Sweet, boozy sunshine. If you’ve never had a sip of the Italian lemon liqueur known as limoncello, you’re in for a treat. Homemade limoncello blows away the store-bought stuff, and it’s ridiculously simple to make. While many commercial imports tend to be too sweet, homemade limoncello can be made as strong […]

March 30 2012      39 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas