This spicy salsa is what I like to call the Harvest Special. If you planned it right this summer — and started those first sets of seeds last fall, however early that may seem — everything that goes into this salsa can come straight from your garden right now, from the garlic to the tomatoes! […]
Strawberries. Fresh. From my berry patch!
Lately I’ve been lamenting the fact that my friends with kids are all saying summer’s almost over, just because their kids are back in school soon. Come on, people. It’s only August! I sometimes don’t even consider it summer until this time of year, when it’s still daylight at 8 pm, the ocean is warm […]
Kayaking. Los Angeles River. I know, these two things don’t seem to go together, especially when every Angeleno’s impression of our namesake river is a garbage-strewn flood channel full of dead bodies. But I’m going to fill you in on a secret: It’s clean. It’s fresh. And dare I say it… You might even forget […]
If there was any fruit that identified most with Southern California, that icon of buttery goodness would be the avocado. And out here, the king of avocados is the Hass. Once an obscure cultivar, it now accounts for 80 percent of the world’s avocado crop and 90 percent of California’s avocado crop, where San Diego […]
Last week, I came home to an overflowing garden after spending five days in the mountains. I’m convinced that as soon as I leave town and stop “supervising” my veggies, they decide to have a growth spurt overnight. That ginormous squash? I swear that it wasn’t there the week that I left. But when I […]
I’ve often wondered why lettuce and spinach aren’t summer crops. Whose idea was it to give us all those sweet, juicy tomatoes and fresh, crisp cucumbers in the summer, but no lettuce or spinach to go with them? Sure, there are ways to extend the life of your spring greens by giving them more shade […]