Kalamata Olive & Feta Spread

20180808_204236When I’m entertaining I want appetizers that can be made in advance and pack a lot of flavor.  Chips and dip just doesn’t cut it.  This spread does.

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Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

20180322_163340Cabbage is one of those “cool weather” crops that has stymied me for a while.  Being in zone 9 means that one has to take advantage of the fall season, just when you think you get to take a break from your summer garden, if you want to have success with these kinds of crops.

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Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

20180713_162054Ah summer, I don’t quite know what to do with you.  You’re hot and sweltering and uncomfortable.  Yet I love what you give me.  I guess I’ll keep you for now.

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What’s in My Lawn? (Not Grass)

20180802_172310I have spotted my neighbor on many occasions scanning his perfect front lawn and plucking out any offending non-grass plants that dared set root.  That’s not us.

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Dolmades (Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice & Herbs)

20180715_170443I was once complimented on my grape leaf rolling skills by an older lady at our church.  This was a woman that prepared pans full of perfectly rolled bundles, and made sure everyone saw how good hers were.  I was flattered!

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Laurus nobilis (Grecian Laurel or Sweet Bay)

20180802_105840You know, a recipe typically calls for 1 to 2 bay leaves.  Then you do another dish, and another.  Those leaves start to add up.  They aren’t cheap.  Growing your own is.

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Peas (Pisum sativum)

20180328_181350I disappeared once when I was about three.  My parents frantically searched the house looking for me, only to find me in the garden… eating all the peas.

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