When 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.
Cabbage 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.
Ah 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.
I 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.
I 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!
You 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.
I 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.