Roast Chicken with Garlic & Carrots

20180426_164152Someone once uttered the phrase “that’s too much garlic.”  It was like they were speaking English, but the words just didn’t make sense.  What is this thing “too much garlic?”  Is this even possible?!

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Caring for Roses Part 2: Sun & Soil

20180419_155102Perhaps one of the reasons that roses are such a favorite of mine is that they can take a fair degree of abuse, yet still produce so much beauty season after season.  However, there are limits to what they will put up with!

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Hoplia Beetle (Hoplia callipyge)

20180415_154143If you grow light colored flowers, you may have noticed this lovely little critter chewing holes in them in the spring.  How sweet of them.

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Tomato and Seafood Pasta Sauce

20180411_164013In all honesty, I don’t cook seafood as often as I would like to eat it.  I really need to work on this.

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California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

20180414_102352There are few flowers that I don’t like.  On the same token, there are few flowers that I love.  I love California Poppies.

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Room for Rent, Cheap!

My usual approach to attracting wildlife to my garden is just to plant things that they would want to come in for.  I’m not into feeders and other things that will become junky clutter after a season or two.

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Paximathia (Greek Biscotti)

20180412_183720Every Greek woman I know has their own version of this Greek staple, so why should I be any different?? And every one of us thinks our own is the best, and of course we’re all correct.  Of course.

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Roast Lamb with Potatoes

20180410_190544Greeks like to joke about the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by noting that it’s in past tense.  Had.

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Storing Root Vegetables

20180330_135353Nothing says “tasty” like a carrot pulled from the refrigerator that proceeds to flop over like a spaghetti noodle, right?  Hmmm… maybe not so much.

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Carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus)

20180330_110610Orange carrots are so ubiquitous that it’s easy to think that they have always been the norm, yet they are actually the Johnny-come-lately’s of the carrot world.  White and purple are really the old timers.

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Harvesting Leafy Greens

20180403_203626I like to get the most “bang for my buck” whenever I can.  As much as I love to garden, I don’t have time to refresh my plantings as often as I like, so whenever I can extend my harvest without having to start over, I’m good.

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Clam Chowder

20210203_144638Portland, Oregon, circa 1981.  My parents and I are dining at a swanky hotel restaurant.  I order clam chowder and am served something that can only be described as nectar of the gods.

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