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Walnut-basil pesto Walnut-basil pesto

“… I did it myyyyyy waaaaay….” (And so did Sid. Proceed with caution.) Ok, I know what you’re thinking – or do I? – I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t heard before. But maybe I will? It’s pesto. We’ve heard of and seen it a million times before. So what else is […]

Green stuff Green stuff

People! You inspire me. You impress me. You amaze me. You are such pros. Some of you… you should open your own little stand at the farmers’ market! I’m very excited about our backyard leafy greens and herbs and another season of growth in the garden but you… You have so many great ideas! Here […]

Weekend photos: Backyard veggie garden Weekend photos: Backyard veggie garden

It’s backyard veggie garden time. Lettuce, kale, chard, mustard greens, peas, beets, arugula, fennel, mint, cilantro, tarragon, chives, parsley, thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary… Last year we started in mid May although the raised bed was finished only1-2 weeks after. By mid June the lettuce was growing like crazy! The year before, July 2008, we had […]

Fish tacos Fish tacos

He was wild, he was fresh, he was available, and he was mine. I held him in my arms. I was thinking: “Rock Cod, you white fleshy fish, what shall I do about you?” “The kids won’t eat it”, said Suburban cowboy. “Maybe in tomato sauce?” I tried. “No”, he dismissed. And he was right. […]

Bite size: Mothers and daughters Bite size: Mothers and daughters

Today’s bite, oh, such a heavy topic. But a topic that fascinates me. And a universal one, I’m sure. Here’s something I wish I read 15 years ago. It’s from a book a good friend recommended called “My Mother, My Self” by Nancy Friday. I’m only on page 17 but there are two pieces I’d […]

Jam crostata; She’s a gem! Jam crostata; She’s a gem!

Why, why, oh why have I waited so long to make this? Goodness. First, basically, I gotta tell you, this is so unbelievably easy to make which is just like totally unbelievable. Like. Totally. Second, I love it! It’s like you basically make a dough, and like, em, smear jam on it, and sprinkle almonds […]

Weekend photos: A special visit Weekend photos: A special visit

Our very own local and amazing, and one of my favorite people and good friend, Keren Brown organized a special event this weekend. Do you spot anyone who might look familiar to you? (Hint: She’s sitting on the left side) Do you know Ree? A.k.a The Pioneer Woman? Ree is on a book tour and […]

Matzo balls soup Matzo balls soup

I was behind to join Twitter, behind with setting up a “fan” page on Facebook (mostly because I dislike to use the word “fan”, but do go and visit me there for updates, OK?), and then behind with making matzo balls… Technology-wise, I wonder, is it an age “thing” that I’m so behind? But matzo […]

Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup Italian soup’s tiny chicken meatballs, minus the soup

I have already compared my glamorous suburban life to meatballs before. So what else is left to say? Do you like chicken? Do you like meatballs? Do you like cheese in your chicken meatballs? Oh, oh, I know, do you like a crusty bottom on your meatballs? ‘Cause these little guys have nice crusty bottoms, and […]

Bite size: The little voice Bite size: The little voice

Have you ever tried to do a “thing” but heard so many discouraging messages that it took all the wind out of you, so that when some people do encourage you, you can’t even hear it? It’s a long and clumsy question but I don’t feel a need to be sharp right now. In any […]