Lemongrass- perfect edible landscape

3 stages of lemongrass: whole, slivered, fine mince Beware, lemongrass can be like a noxious weed if it’s not controlled. But growing lemongrass in a pot is an easy and beautiful landscaping choice, as well as ideal ingredient for the home cook! We’re preparing a fresh lemongrass marinade for some grilled beef and maybe some…

Jaune Flamme Tomatoes & Quinoa Salad + Food Blog Forum Seminar Atlanta

Summer is in full swing and there are two big announcements finally due out that we’re equally thrilled to share. To kick-start the good vibes, the garden-geeks in us are happy to report that our heirloom tomatoes are doing fabulous this year. Of the 20 heirloom tomato plants we started, only 3 have died and…

Pickled Green Tomatoes & The Butcher and the Vegetarian

This year’s tomato track record isn’t all that bad yet and we’re immediately jumping on the pickling band-wagon. The current tomato plant count is 4 out of 20 died due to disease, which is much less than what we suffered last year.  In 2009, the whole nation suffered a tomato crisis where a late blight…

Mango Salsa Recipe & Garden Roses Haircut

As promised, “Voila!” the mango salsa recipe that toppled over our teriyaki burger post a few days ago. And we’re thrilled that we actually wrote about it, as promised, considering how behind we’ve been on everything else! The office is a mess, the bathrooms need cleaning and we have 2 other projects behind schedule, but…

Kentucky Sidecar Tangerine Cocktail

After reaching a triple dozen fruit trees in the garden, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So many wonderful fruits and ensuing cocktails (among other things) have delighted the senses.  Yet there is one tree which brings particular pride to the WORC household. Our Algerian Tangerine tree (also known as the Clementine). Upon first planting,the…

Victory Garden Classes – led by Master Gardeners

  Most regular readers know we love our Victory Garden. If you are little unsure of how to create your own or want some great tips and ideas, the University of California’s Cooperative Extension is offer Victory Garden classes in 11 locations throughout southern California.  Here’s  an excerpt from their site: The Grow LA Victory…

Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – Snow & Sugar Pea Garden Monster – Jamie Oliver cookbook

There’s an uncontrollable beast on the North end of the garden and it actually comes in two forms: sugar snap peas and snow peas. Our spring peas are like serpants, clinging to everything they can get their tendrils on. Once they latch on, pea flowers shoot out and within 3-4 days, we have fresh peas…

Beet Greens and Goat Cheese Crostini- Eat your greens

Our biggest apologies to all you friends who are still frozen under snow or drenched with rain. This post isn’t to gloat about our wonderful sunshine and blue skies, but rather, it’s about reminding you to enjoy eating your beet greens. Although, it doesn’t hurt to brag about our warm weather to you all cause…

Rancho La Puerta Foundation & The Rain Women’s Organic Garden

One of the most emotional moments I had during my social media retreat at Rancho La Puerta spa was watching little children playing happily in a make shift play ground along the Tecate, Mexico river. The old swing-sets were rusted, but still working. The old car tires that were floating in the river of trash,…

Rancho La Puerta gardens

Walking through the garden grounds of Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort is a stroll back in time. The raw simplicity, native vegetation and beauty of  the regions natural species are abundant throughout the property.  Even though non-native plants can be found popping up in different planters and hillsides, the majority of the gardens maintain…

Radishes & peach blossoms are a sign of spring in So Cal !

first tender radishes of the season The itty bitty radishes are starting to firm up and take hold in the garden. Everytime the seedlings sprout up and start to dot the vegetable plots with their delicate leaves, we know Spring is lurking around the corner. Brilliantly colored radishes not only tell us that the weather…