Strawberries and Cream Video – An unwritten recipe

Some dishes don’t require a written recipe. Many home cooks we know grew up cooking without the guidance of the written word. Their kitchen lessons and “recipes” were passed down from generation to generation by watching, touching, tasting, testing and cooking from the heart. Do you know of anyone who cooks like this? We know…

Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip & Signs of Spring!

Homemade spicy sriracha, fresh chilies sauces and pretty much anything with dip recipes has been on our eating repertoire as  of late. Since making our last batch of spicy garlic knots, cravings for more heat keeps our stomachs rumbling for daily spice. Just the other day, we were making our latest batch of homemade kim…

In Transition Meal: Tomatoes, Figs & Salute to Summer

I’m not going to allow September to leave me so quickly. August slipped through my hands like a silent kiss in the night and before I knew it, everyone was bidding Summer adieu. Admist our hectic August calendar and new studio build out, my wandering brain didn’t fully register that we touched into September. Waking…

Life patience, enjoying the process & growing cipolla onions

Gardening is often a test of patience in both playing in the dirt and navigating life. Weeding, sowing seeds, trimming, clipping, pulling, building plots, aching backs and harvesting a little bit everyday is like a life metaphor. It seems as if each garden task tests tests our patience and endurance for everything outside the walls…

Seasonally simple garden Heirloom tomatoes. Celebrating Summer’s arrival.

This consistently cool weather had us apprehensive, particularly as heirloom tomato gardeners. With almost 20 heirloom tomatoes plants that we’ve been nurturing over the last few months, all we were hoping for was some hot sun to get these plants to bolt out with tomatoes. Unfortunately there hasn’t been much of the sun!

Sauteed Peas w/ Yuzu Kosho- Savoring Every Moment of Life – Last of our Sugar snaps

Even as Spring rolls into Summer, and most of nature is just beginning to take life and flourish, there are those whose lifespan is spent. In seemingly moments ago, they were thriving and full of life and beauty, bringing us joy everyday. Now we have to let go of them, hoping to have their void…

Fried Minted Artichokes – A new addition to the Spring garden

Every spring, Diane and I go through the annual “What veggies are we going to plant?” ritual. First the weather starts to warm and we begin to crave more than leafy greens, sugar snap peas, radishes, and carrots.  We’ll hit Home Depot and nearly buy a bunch of boring varieties which we don’t really want…

Spring Sweet Pea/Asparagus Pickles from “Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen”

Mark my words, I am a pickle addict.  But my love of pickles wasn’t a loving  culinary journey in the beginning. Vietnamese cuisine is a collage of  fresh vegetables, layered flavors and diversity of textures. So pickles in all forms were always a key staple at our meals. As long as I could remember Mom…

Baked Sweet Pea Pot Stickers w/ Ginger Soy Dip

Truth be told, we have killed many garden plants, none of which were intentional. Since the Sunset Magazine articles about us and our garden were published, everyone thinks we’re master gardeners. Folks! There’s a long list of garden failures that we’ve yet to publish. Maybe we’ll share some of our garden disaster stories so you…