Gardening

Life patience, enjoying the process & growing cipolla onions

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Fried Minted Artichokes – A new addition to the Spring garden

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 […]

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Early Spring

Early Spring

Indeed, Spring has arrived in beautiful Southern California. Regardless of how many lettuce and radish sprouts that mushroom in their plots, it doesn’t feel exactly like spring until the cherry and peach blossoms stretch their petals.

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Lovely, healing Sage

Lovely, healing Sage

Last week we made some baked acorn squash with our garden sage. LOVE growing sage, it’s so earthy, healing and therapeutic. If we could and had the garden room, we’d grow tons of varieties of sage. YES WE WOULD. Heart sage.

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More garden tomatoes in November

More garden tomatoes in November

When we thought we had picked the last tomatoes, these sun gold vines  proved us wrong. Today we changed over some of the vegetable plots to winter peas and greens. It was time to pull up these sun gold vines and they were still producing fruit in November!

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Carrot seeds sowed!

Carrot seeds sowed!

The carrot seeds that we collected from last season are finally sowed! We’ve been so behind on gardening and the carrot seeds were beginning to sprout without the soil. We’re looking forward to having some more fresh carrots in the next few months and if the rain continues, we’ll have an even better crop. Excited. […]

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Garden Bouquets

I love making garden bouquets from fresh herb and vegetable flowers. The process of strolling the garden with clippers in hand is my form of meditation. My previous posts are here on Garden Bouquets and Blue Mason Jar Vases. -diane

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Garden Herb Flower Bouquets for you all

I had many career changes in my life, all starting when I was in the second grade. Teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up and at that point in my life, I loved puppies. So naturally, I said I wanted to be a Veterinarian not because I knew what it […]

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Video Tour- Dog’s View of Our Summer Garden 2010

To celebrate the dawn of August and glorious, but sizzling Summer in full swing, we’re taking you on a tour of our Summer Garden. This tour is from the perspective of our white boxer, Sierra.

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Ginger Peach Muffins – Good To The Grain Cookbook

This is the time of year we start to inhale stone fruits, but ultimately there comes atime when there are too many to eat off the tree and we’re searching for additional alternatives to eat them. As Summer’s warm love beings to fill up our peaches, plums and nectarines with sweet juice to sink our faces […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Roasted Cipollini Onions in Thyme

Fingers crossed, in WORC garden there will be an onion bumper crop in a few months, without all the onion breath. Plenty of Walla Walla sweets are coming up ever-so-cutely in the garden and we’re excited, it’s hard to resist not yanking them out of the dirt too early during their growing season. If you’ve […]

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Video – Spring Garden 2010. Welcome.

Video – Spring Garden 2010. Welcome.

Happy belated Earth Day. Here’s an invitation to our garden in Spring. Welcome to our green sanctuary.  

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Fresh Peas & Mint- Signs of Spring & Garden changes

What were once green, sprawling serpents have now reached  the peak of their pod-producing craze. The sugar-snap and snow peas have slowed down considerably and finally, we were able to keep up with them. Every morning for the past 2 months we had an espresso in one hand and went out to breakfast on the pea […]

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Homemade Strawberry Crossover Puff Pastries

Wake up early one morning and one’s love (who is normally just a salt person) requests a breakfast sweet, there are three main options:  Feign early morning incomprehension. Go out and buy something. Make a breakfast pastry for the love of your life. A baking bad-ass with an affinity for spoiling those he loves only […]

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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 […]

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