Feta & Kalamata Olive Stuffed Peppers

20180801_162925I’ve had a lot of peppers from the garden lately, and as much as I like to eat them, after a while I kind of want to shake things up a bit. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing.

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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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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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Harvesting Grape Leaves

20180702_100425I have come to realize that so many of the foods I was **ahem** “not fond of” were ones that started with less than fresh ingredients.  Count dolmades, a Greek delicacy made with grape leaves, as one of them.

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Ultimate Summer Garden Spaghetti Sauce

20180707_141030I used to make a “simpler” (read: plain) version of this sauce and the boys loved it.  Then I decided to get crazy and add other vegetables.  My boys cried.  Then they ate it.  They forgave me.

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Dragonflies & Damselflies (Anisoptera & Zygoptera spp.)

20180704_095226My sons grew up believing that dragonflies would stitch their ears closed, courtesy of a fourth grade teacher they were all fortunate to wind up having.  It took a while before they would uncover their ears when one would fly by.

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Garlic (Allium sativum)

20180621_103215I can’t imagine life without garlic, nor do I think I should have to.  That would just be cruel.  Thankfully, it’s easy to grow, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry!

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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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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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Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa)

20180529_213503There is a reason most supermarket strawberries don’t taste all that great.  They aren’t ripe when they are picked.  Fix that problem by growing your own!

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Freezing Berries

20180426_190454Every so often I manage to squirrel away some of our berry harvests when little boys (or the Old Man) aren’t looking.  I want to make sure my little treasure trove will be safely tucked away for later use.

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

20180304_101138_001Not only is this a ridiculously easy plant to grow, but it’s tasty, nutritious, and can be used as a functional part of a water feature in your landscape.  Score one for versatility!

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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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Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris)

20180313_171040If you love leafy greens, you can’t go wrong with chard.  Talk about easy and reliable!  My garden seldom goes without this delicious staple in the ground.

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