Garden Recipes

Sharing the Kishu Mandarins

Sharing the Kishu Mandarins

These orange jewels you see in the photo above are kishu mandarins. David Karp calls them the mighty mandarin “the most delicious of mandarins”. They’re small, seedless, easy to peel and sweet. We call them citrus candy and you can’t just eat one. Because they’re so addicting, delicious and often hard to find, we decided to grow a tree a few years back. Since we’re a little nutty and crazy in the citrus growing realm, we decided to grow a second tree last year because »

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What do you NOT like to eat?

What do you NOT like to eat?

An interesting conversation came up on our Facebook page the other day about foods kids like to eat. We asked parents what their minions like to eat because we’re planning some kiddie menus for an upcoming project.

We’re kid-less, well at least with the two legged kind. We do have two of those four-legged kids but they eat just about anything, even the bark off our trees. So you see, we can use some help.

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Just discovered Luvocracy- Join us

Just discovered Luvocracy- Join us

We heard about this new site called Luvocracy. It’s that’s part pinterest-like and part personal shopper. Though we’re still learning, we’re all over it and adding cool finds to our collections.

Basically from what we understand, Luvocracy helps us gather all our favorite pins, tweets and products to recommend. We create collections of products that we love and make connections with people as we shop, give thanks, and earn trust. And from what we hear, you can earn a commission from your sales.

How perfect is »

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It’s like giving birth, they say. Sharing news of our very own cookbook.

It’s like giving birth, they say. Sharing news of our very own cookbook.

Update: Our cookbook, Bountiful, is now available for pre-order on Amazon here. It’s our 300 page baby with over 100 fruit and vegetable inspired recipes. You can blame our garden for that. And also, some puppy pictures because our work would never complete without Sierra and Lexi!

Hello Friends.

We’ve said this many times in the past and we’ll say it again… because of your friendship and support, our lives are richer in ways that we never, ever imaged. Your messages, comments and encouragement helped »

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Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches. When hankering for a grilled cheese, I dream of biting into the perfectly crusty and crispy sandwich that oozes out plenty of cheesy love. Those close to me know that I fiercely embrace savory, hearty and cheesy comfort foods. Grilled cheese sandwiches are no exception when it comes to making me happy, giggly and oh so full of joy.

The variations of great grilled cheese sandwiches are endless. I’ve seen some crazy concoctions when »

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Our Photo Card Giveaway & Zucchini Contest

Our Photo Card Giveaway & Zucchini Contest

This contest has ended. Thank you everyone for participating. The weight of the zucchinis and board was 24.5 pounds.

Congrats to the two winners who had the closest guess:

  • RuthAnn #87 – guessed the exact weight 24.5 pounds. Congrats!
  • SaraL #5- guessed 24 pounds.

We were out of town for a few days and come home to these gigantic zucchini. They’re huge, out of control and they’re from the garden. Check them out!

To celebrate Summer and veggies-on-crack, we decided to have  little fun with »

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Great breakfasts: Baked tomatoes with parmesan cheese, scrambled eggs, toast.

Great breakfasts: Baked tomatoes with parmesan cheese, scrambled eggs, toast.

Quiet mornings only last for a short while, but when the moment has arrived, we love making the most of the time that we have. Making breakfast and having a great meal to start the day is essential for us. This time allows us to slowly wake up together, make a meal and talk about how to plan our day. And adding some great coffee with the conversation can’t go wrong!

Over the last few weeks, breakfast always had a platter of fresh slices of »

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Studded Cherry-Tomato, Bacon & Blue Cheese Pizza

Studded Cherry-Tomato, Bacon & Blue Cheese Pizza

Dear Friends, this pizza is very special. So special that we had to make it and eat it twice to make sure it was good enough for you all. *happy face*

There are some things in life that you can’t have too much of.  As of late, one of those things are Sweet Million Cherry tomatoes. Maybe our plant didn’t exactly deliver one million cherry tomatoes, but these are certainly one of the sweetest varieties we’ve ever grown. Though we’ve grown other varieties of red »

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Heirloom Tomatoes Goin’ Gorilla – Feels Good to be Home

Heirloom Tomatoes Goin’ Gorilla – Feels Good to be Home

It’s amazing what can happen in a garden over a few summer days. Last week we headed up to Park City, UT for the amazing Evo Conference. It was great seeing friends, face meeting twitter buddies, and having the chance to share what we love as speakers in two different photography workshop sessions. The ladies who put Evo on are amazing and it was a honor to be a part of it. Plus Park City is gorgeous.

Since we knew we’d be gone for 4 »

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Welcome Summer. Share your favorite tomato recipes?

Welcome Summer. Share your favorite tomato recipes?

The tomatoes in the garden just reminded us that Summer has arrived. It was as if, all of a sudden, the transition of Spring to Summer jolted the tomatoes to wake up and ripen. Now, the challenge is keeping up with eating and canning the tomatoes before they fall off the vine. Yes, it’s a problem, but a good problem to be faced with.

It’s now official, Summer is here and we have to keep up with all the fabulous tomato recipes that this wonderful »

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We have fresh raspberries!

We have fresh raspberries!

Friends, the news is huge. We’re on the edge on of our garden seats, trying not bear too much excitement because unless you’re in Costal Southern California, you would never understand. Yes, the photographs are proof….we can finally grow raspberries.

Unless you’re a huge lover of raspberries, or a Southern California gardener who has struggled with growing berries of any kind, this might be a *yawn* post for you. Please, bear with us with our little celebratory dance because we’ve been dreaming of growing successful »

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Fizzy Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

Fizzy Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

I’m a berry boy. I love my berries. Unfortunately, Southern California doesn’t so much, or at least so I thought.

Strawberries being the huge exception (they are amazing down here), I always thought that growing berries in our garden would be  a futile task. I’m talking blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries. They were so easy for us to grow on the ranch in Oregon. It seemed like all we had to do was plant them and forget about it until we were ready for a »

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Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins – Dedicated to Dante

Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins – Dedicated to Dante

It’s hard to not think of Dante when I look at the strawberry patch. The ruby red berries are still dangling from their lengthy stems, begging to be plucked. Normally this is the time of year Dante and Sierra both would scour every inch of the patch for sweet berries. And this was the time of year that we’d share the fruit with not just our beloved dogs, but with the other garden critters and hungry, pecking visitors.

Dante was a strawberry lover and in »

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Garden at Dusk & garden recipes

Garden at Dusk & garden recipes

 

The late afternoon hours were always the pups playtime. Even in Dante’s grey muzzled years, after the full warmth of the day had past and the air began to soften, Dante and Sierra would become puppies again. Playing tug-o-war. Chasing each other around with the randomness only the youth possess.

If you dared to step on the central lawn you were fair game for playtime. 100lbs of wheaten red muscle would come bounding up, simultaneously followed and circled by a white wiggling scamper.»

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Roasted Figs with Sage in Red Wine

Roasted Figs with Sage in Red Wine

Figs again, you ask?  Yes, please bear with us. We’re on our last batch of garden figs and it’s been hard to not write about them three times a week. We’ve been sharing this incredible bounty of figs with the squirrels and birds for the past 2 months. Today were feeling extra selfish and decided to pick as many ripe ones as we could before the critters could get to them.

A few weeks ago we asked our Twitter friends for some help with how »

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In Transition Meal: Tomatoes, Figs & Salute to Summer

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 up over the last few mornings I sensed a change at dawn’s rising. The air greeted me with a slightly cooler breath. I grabbed a sweater. The stone garden pathways »

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Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad – Summer Fest

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad – Summer Fest

Summer Fest is a season long, bi-weekly event where Food Network editors team up with blogs to share tips and recipes about seasonal produce. During Summer Fest, we celebrate the the seasons explosion of fresh produce and inspired recipes.  This week’s theme are peaches and to participate, just share your peach recipe link in our blog on the comments below, as well as the blogs of all our participating friends!

Throughout the Summer we’re always staring at baskets full of heirloom tomatoes  and fresh fruit »

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

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!

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Grilled artichoke stems with tarragon garlic butter, a edible extension of the heart

Grilled artichoke stems with tarragon garlic butter, a edible extension of the heart

Spring Fling is here and were celebrating Spring’s bounty with Deb, Editor of Food Network, Margaret of Away to Garden, Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Nicole of Pinch My Salt.

This week’s theme is artichoke and to participate, just share your artichoke recipe link in our blog on the comments below, as well as the blogs of all our participating friends!

Yesterdays trip to our local farm stand was better than we ever expected. They always have the most beautiful field of artichokes growing »

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Chopped Salad w/Blue Cheese Dressing – My Nepenthe

Chopped Salad w/Blue Cheese Dressing – My Nepenthe

We’re half way through April 2011. How did that happen? Are we the only ones feeling like we should still be in February? From the sound of all the snow falling throughout the cold regions of the country, we certainly should be in February!

Obviously we’ve been hammered with work and we’re definitely not complaining. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride so far this year. With some ups and downs lately, we’ve been able to pick up and start over again and we still »

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