Confession: I never really liked bananas until I moved into a house that had several banana plants on the property. I always found them a bit dry and starchy, and unless they were soaked in rum and set aflame in a pan (or blended with espresso in a frosty smoothie), I usually passed them up […]

November 24 2015      19 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Growing up, I always ate Thanksgiving dinner with my friends’ families since my own family never celebrated it — not because they weren’t thankful on that day, but because it was never a part of their culture. So when that fourth Thursday rolled around every November, I couldn’t wait to partake in the classic American […]

November 22 2015      29 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

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

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

If you’ve been following either of my recipes for homemade chicken feed (here and here), you may have wondered how to calculate the protein content of your feed should you decide to mix things up. Perhaps you want to try some other grains and seeds for your flock, or you need to formulate a higher-protein […]

November 17 2014      57 comments     Linda Ly

Around this time of year, as our Indian summer is winding down, there’s always a big burst of chile peppers from the garden. It seems like they know they’re going to sleep soon, so they put their all into producing pods before retreating into dormancy. I wouldn’t say my pepper plants are at the end […]

October 28 2014      32 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Verduras

Once you’ve had a sip of freshly pressed, unfiltered, unsweetened apple cider, the “apple juice” sold in stores just cannot compare. And luckily for those who’ve never tried it, fresh apple cider abounds this time of year. What exactly is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? After all, cider is essentially the juice […]

October 23 2014      20 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas