I have been canning, baking, blending, freezing, dehydrating and eating peaches and nectarines all week in an attempt to use up the amazing bounty of just a few trees! Today I made a very easy and gluten free nectarine clafoutis for the first time. I’ve never made a clafoutis before but will certainly make more. … More Nectarines & Peaches, Part 2
It is a banner year for stone fruits here in our little foothill garden! First it was amazing peaches and this week I picked a half bushel basket of nectarines and barely made a dent in the fruit. As with the peaches, it will be me vs. the birds for the ripest ones, I plan … More The BEST FRUITS of SUMMER: NECTARINES & PEACHES, Part 1
Just harvested the last row of baby Bok (Pak) Choi; the birds were starting to feast on it (they know a good thing when they see it), and I wanted to make something for dinner that was SUPER simple and fast before they ate it all. This stir fry is so easy with just 5 … More BOK CHOI with MUSHROOMS and CASHEWS
Here’s my new favorite potato salad recipe. It is extremely easy, versatile and a big hit at potlucks. You can use all kinds of greens for the pesto; my current favorite has arugula, mint and cilantro. The arugula gives it a kick and it comes out a beautiful bright green that does NOT turn dark … More POTATO SALAD with PESTO and CAPERS
Next to blueberries, peaches are my favorite summertime fruit and my 3 little trees are loaded with ripe, juicy peaches right now, so it’s peach everything for a few weeks! Life is rough, right? The last issue of Organic Life magazine had an article on the Masumoto family, California organic peach farmers, who grow … More Summertime PEACH CAPRESE SALAD
I was having some friends over last weekend and wanted to have a “dessert” that was healthy and we could make together. Result : BANANA “SUSHI”. I found this recipe on the Dr. Oz website so can’t take credit for it but we sure had a great time making these. It really doesn’t have anything … More “BANANA SUSHI”
I wanted to make something savory with all the blueberries I bought last week at the Farmer’s Market, since I am trying not to eat things with added sugar. Visions of blueberry scones, cobblers, pie and other sweet things are dancing in my head but I resisted temptation (for now) and made a grain salad … More MORE BLUEBERRIES!!
Our Farmer’s Market just opened this past weekend so I headed down to get a 5 lb. box of fresh blueberries. They are only locally in season a short time so I like to freeze what I haven’t devoured, though the first box rarely makes it into the freezer. I’ll be back for more next … More BLUEBERRIES !!!
I needed a super simple appetizer to take to a party recently and with strawberries in season those had to be the star. Only 4 ingredients plus skewers are needed for this and you can assembly it in about 10 minutes so it really is about as easy as it gets 🙂 Carefully wash and … More “EASY STRAWBERRY BRIE BASIL APPETIZER”
Back in November of last year I posted a fermented beet and apple “kraut” with instructions on how to make fermented veggies. Since then the students in my gardening classes have been experimenting with various combinations and we have created the BEST VEGGIE KRAUT recipe (we think so, at least!) No matter how much we … More “BEST VEGGIE KRAUT RECIPE: KID TESTED”