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For the last couple of years, Will and I have been cutting down our own Christmas tree at a Christmas tree farm in Orange County. It’s truly a novelty in Southern California: 70°F and sunny, palm trees swaying in the breeze, eager families in sneakers and T-shirts winding their way through acres of Monterey pines […]

December 5 2016      37 comments     Linda Ly
Familia

Those of you who’ve cooked from The CSA Cookbook know that I love to use the odds and ends of vegetables in my recipes — in part because I try to waste as little as possible in the kitchen, and because these “scraps” are vegetables in their own right, full of flavor and texture. Chard […]

October 1 2016      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Hello, friends. We are deep in the dog days of summer, and despite the heat wave that I hear is also happening all over the country, this is one of my favorite times of year. The ocean is warm, the backyard barbecue/pool party game is strong, and the summer vegetable garden is at its peak. […]

August 15 2016      3 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Hello friends! Happy Can-It-Forward Day! In partnership with Ball Canning, I’ll be celebrating and sharing the simple joys of home preserving with fellow canners, gardeners, and food lovers today — live, on-air, at 3 pm ET! Tune in to Facebook Live on the Ball Canning page, where you can watch me demo a refrigerator pickle […]

July 22 2016      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

As an official ambassador for Ball Canning, I’ve been developing a series of preserving recipes for the brand this summer. (Did you miss them? Click over to my first two recipes, Quick Pickled Roasted Beets and Balsamic Strawberry Jam.) And, I have another one coming to you next week in conjunction with a very special […]

July 13 2016      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

The strawberries at my local farmers’ markets are going strong right now, and I can never resist picking up a few baskets after the vendors ply me with samples and smiles. My favorite way to eat them is right out of hand, or sometimes crushed with a little sugar and ice. But seasonal strawberries are […]

July 9 2016      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Have you seen Freshly Preserved Ideas? It’s a new Tumblr page brought to you by the fine folks at Ball Canning, and it’s full of pretty inspiration for crafters, useful tips for first-time canners, and enticing recipes for all kinds of concoctions. It’s not all jams and pickles, either (though you’ll find all that, and […]

June 23 2016      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
En La Cocina