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Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall

Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall

It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after being on the road, teaching workshops and shooting on location lately. When we were in the kitchen the other night preparing dinner, we both looked at one another with the same hungry, yet satisfied eyes. It feel so good to be back here in our home kitchen feeding our family and friends. Unfortunately we didn’t take the time to photograph any of it to share with you on the blog!

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Persimmon Poem

Persimmon Poem

Hoping you weren’t expecting an original poem here. We’re not exactly poets. But have on occasion have been found to scribble random thoughts in prose, some of which had rhyme, some had reason and occasional nonsense.

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Figs off the tree

Figs off the tree

We just picked a basket of figs off the tree. They’re super messy and duper sweet. And they’re for Adam. The Duke.

If Adam doesn’t come over and eat them all, then we’ll be making fig newtons. Homemade!

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Oh Figs

Oh Figs

This Summer has been quite mild in Southern California and heat loving fruits are waiting for that temperature surge!

The figs are slow to sweeten up and it’s probably due to the cooler days. Every morning we pay a visit to our gorgeous fig tree, hoping the squirrels didn’t beat us to any ripe fruit. The figs are developing beautifully, but only a few are ripe and ready to eat.»

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Buddhas hand for a friend

Buddhas hand for a friend

Our buddhas hand tree is doing well this year, much better than last year. The roots are finally settling in and we’re expecting to have at least 10 fruits!»

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Calling out for peach recipes

Calling out for peach recipes

We just picked a basket full of white peaches from the garden and need some recipe ideas! Got a good one? would love to know, just leave a link.»

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

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 is beginning to warm up, but that it’s time to indulge in radish green salads. Growing garden radishes means that there will be plenty of tender and delicious radish greens »

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Lemon tree for Container Gardening

Lemon tree for Container Gardening

Update: Visit our latest citrus joy: Kishu Mandarin Tree !

After a visit to Sorrento Italy in April of 2000, we were immediately smitten with all the wonderful lemon trees adorning the Italian coastline. All throughout Amalfi and Sorrento we saw gorgeous scenes of Sorrento lemon trees in terra cotta pots adorning house fronts, store fronts and cobblestone alley ways.

We knew right there and then we wanted something equally picturesque in our backyard. So, we planted a lemon tree in a container!

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Kabosu Citrus – Japanese lemons

Kabosu Citrus – Japanese lemons

Reiko, our lovely Japanese friend, brought over a huge bag of Japanese lemons and obviously, we were thrilled to get so many precious Japanese lemon fruits!!

She called them Yuzu’s, a Japanese variety of lemon/citron. But after a closer look, taste, and examination, they look more like Japanese Kabosu. Kabosu and Yuzu are both very similar, with slight differences in flavor and texture.

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Yuzu Citrus – Japanese Citron Lemon

Yuzu Citrus – Japanese Citron Lemon

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. Because the yuzu is considered a citron, the juice is very minimal, thus often expensive.  Outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles, yuzu is seldom grown or used because it’s rather rare.

Used in both green and more ripe, yellow forms, Yuzu is one of the few citrus in the world that is able to maintain it’s tart/sourness at high cooking temperatures.

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Persimmon Tree’s Overwatering & loss of fruit/flower

Persimmon Tree’s Overwatering & loss of fruit/flower

Our persimmon tree is on it’s last batch. With about 1o huge fuyu persimmons left on the tree, we’re taking our time and savoring every single fruit.

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