Can I can? I can!

Amongst what feels like ONE MILLION things I’ve tried for the first time since moving to the wilds of western Sonoma County, canning tomatoes has probably been the scariest. There is so much terrifying information on the interwebs! My fear of killing everyone within a 100′ radius of my potentially lethal tomato sauce was powerful enough that I nearly…

My New Doughbaby

I’ve started attempting to make bread! I never imagined myself bothering to make bread but then I found a beautiful, vintage cast iron Griswold skillet at a little antique shop in Tomales, which led me to join a cast iron group on facebook where they share all kinds of recipes and info specific to cast iron cooking….

Mamma Mia! Saucy Sausage Pizza on Homemade Dough

Oh my god, we just created a pizza so stupid delicious I decided it was even worthy of Fiesta Friday’s One Year Anniversary Extravaganza. And that is no small thing because the other guests bring such amazing food every single week it could make you weep. I actually have shed a tear or two. Follow that link above…

Prettiest Popcorn I Ever Did Grow

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you’ve heard me say this before, but I have to say it again: I cannot believe that actual edible food grows right out of the ground! And it’s so cool that even after many years of gardening I still discover new things to try. Vegetables come…

Apples, Onions, and Chutney for All

Recently I cobbled together some surprisingly delicious new recipes that were so yummy and easy I thought, hey, I should share these! Both were inspired by the aging Fuji apples on my counter, though the results couldn’t have been more different. The first, a spicy apple chutney, helped me make use of my homegrown Walla Walla onions and…

Where Have You Bean All My Life?

Beans. I know I say this every time, but beans are possibly my new favorite vegetable to grow. How is it that I’m constantly surprised by how fun it is to grow things? I planted beans for the first time this year, throwing 5-6 varieties I’d been storing for years around my gazebo in the hopes of creating…

Easy Coconut Thai Grilled Shrimp? Yes please!

It’s been crazy times here on the farm! Well, farm may be overstating it, but in the last few months we’ve expanded the vegetable garden and squeezed organic and heirloom veggie seedlings into every nook and cranny. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say we’ve tripled the size of the garden. My knees and fingertips certainly…

Lemon Chicken Artichoke Yum-Yum

I recently made one of our favorite meals, which we creative folk refer to as Lemon Chicken Artichoke Yum-Yum.  It got me reminiscing about a trip Jon and I took to Barcelona where we embarked on a cooking and wine tasting adventure in the Priorat region. We spent five days learning to make traditional Spanish…

A look back at 2013…

A week ago I woke up thinking it would be fun to go back through a year’s worth of photos and remind myself of my favorite moments of 2013. What a trip! It’s incredible how much happens in 12 months. I went through my photo stash and picked some of my favorite pics. At the…

Bolting Basil = Pesto Time!

Despite my best efforts to keep them cool, this last heat wave was too much for my basil plants. They have bolted, which means they’ve shot up their flower stalk and soon their leaves will turn bitter. It’s not terrible news since the flowers are very sweet and attract bees, and I’ll be able to…

Grilled veggie goodness

I really only started cooking ‘for real’ a few years ago and found that I love experimenting in the kitchen. Having an organic garden makes things even more interesting as I grow things I’d never buy if I saw them at the store. Growing them myself feels like less pressure, like as long as I…

Fresh new blog, same old bugs

So it’s September and here in San Diego it’s been excruciatingly hot. Yes, I know we’re spoiled by the near-constant 72 degree weather but that doesn’t make the heat any easier to take. As a welder this is my least favorite time of year. It’s really hard to talk myself into putting on boots, jeans,…