Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

20180414_091720If you drive along some parts of the central California coast, you are likely to see wide swaths of the landscape covered in artichoke plants.  In fact, this is pretty much the only place in the U.S. where commercial artichokes are grown.

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Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)

20180528_102034When I think of growing blueberries, I think of places like Oregon or Maine.  You know, forests and cooler climates.  Not 100+ F temperatures in California’s Central Valley zone 9.  Yet, here they are!

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They Grow So Fast!

20180624_123301The little babies I posted about earlier aren’t really babies anymore!  Birds grow so quickly, and I don’t think it will be very long before these “teenagers” will be booted out to make way for a fresh batch of new ones.

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Plum Jam (No Added Pectin)

20180624_072606I have three varieties of plum trees in my yard.  The earliest to ripen is the Santa Rosa.  They look and smell so luscious, and then you bite into one.  PUCKER!!!

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Stone Fruit Oven Pancake

20181117_115723With summer officially here, the stone fruit season is now seriously underway.  Apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and all the hybrids in between, are dropping off trees and showing up in markets.  Gobble them up now, they don’t last long!

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Burgundy-Garlic Roast Chicken

20180614_230841Somewhere in human culinary history, someone made some “rules”.  Some were good.  Some leave me scratching my head and wondering why.

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Old-Fashioned Seedless Blackberry Jam (No Pectin Added)

20180614_191219dfcgOne of my fondest childhood memories is going into my grandparents’ back yard looking for ripe blackberries on their vine.  In December.  Kind of didn’t understand plants back then. Continue reading Old-Fashioned Seedless Blackberry Jam (No Pectin Added)

Not Your Usual Sex-Ed Video

20180612_142515_Momentkl;Did you have that teacher that insisted you watch a video during sex-ed of a baby being born?  Maybe I’ll show my students this one instead from now on! Continue reading Not Your Usual Sex-Ed Video

“What I Did During Summer Vacation”

20180611_221908I always dreaded the usual back-to-school essays I had to write in elementary school.  Most of the kids had stories about trips to fun places and I was trying to remember how to spell moussaka.  Moose-Caca??!!

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Caper & Green Olive Salmon Keftedes

20180604_204316It was on a whim one summer evening a few years ago that I decided to do something with some leftover salmon other than just reheating it.  Lo and behold, a new favorite meal was born.

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