My Surprise Crop: Tomatillos

  This season yielded my most generous crop of tomatillos yet. It's a happy surprise and bit of a puzzler -- it's always interesting to see what takes from one season to the next. The...

Easy Tomato Salad

  It's no secret that I'm a craver. I get wild hankerings for anything cruciferous, avocados, greens and new potatoes or freshly picked anything are easy subjects. But at this very moment it's tomatoes. They're just coming...

3 Reasons to Love Apricot Season

  It's apricot season and I'm reminded of why they're so amazing. One. They never taste as good as they do right now. Time for picking and eating. And soon it will be time for the...

Lemon Verbena | An Herb with a Twist

  Lemon Verbena is one of those herbs. One for the must-grow and learn to cook list. It’s fragrance is amazing, enough to send you over the moon, tart and more lemony than lemon, if...

Dirt-to-Dinner

  Dirt-to-dinner, garden-to-table, farm-to-fork, fork-to-mouth... what does it all mean? Not long ago I got a call from an old friend, Greg Gearheart. He's an organizer of a Dirt to Dinner event in Sacramento and water...

Rapini Soup With Country Bread

Do you have a list of vegetables you wished you liked but don't? You know, the ones that are really good for you and everyone seems to be raving about? Well, I get it....

Fava Bean Foraging

Fava beans are either a cover crop with perks or an amazing food plant with perks. I haven't decided the order but it's definitely top on the list of most rewarding garden plants. One, they'll...

Kale and White Bean Pasta

To put it mildly, I'm bonkers about this dish. Obsessed may be a more appropriate description. It's my trusty, well-loved, go-to recipe, Kale and White Bean Pasta. Here's what makes it amazing: It's made with just...

Four Fab Edible Flowers

Some are honey bee hubs, others are pungent and peppery. There are modest, girl-next-door types while a few pack some punch. However they come edible flowers deliver an other-worldly sensory experience in the garden...

Winter Beacon

It's fitting that pomegranates are ripe and ready at the holiday season. Like the warm glow of a candle on a short day, or long night, they are the beacon of the fall/winter fruit...
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