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Recipe – Balsamic Roasted Root Veg

You can use any variety of root vegetables in this recipe. Cut them into similar sizes so they cook at the same time. Preheat oven to 450°.

3 carrots, cut on diagonal into 1/2″ thick strips 3 potatoes, cut into 1/2″ thick pieces 3 onions, cut into wedges 1 parsnip, cut into 1/2″ pieces […]

Recipe – Israeli Pickled Vegetables

Rick and I ate lunch yesterday at Levy’s Israeli deli in Hollywood, one of his favorite places to eat. Their specialty is a stuffed pita called a shwarma. It contains spit-roasted turkey, chicken, beef or lamb, along with hummus, baba ganoush, tahini, diced cucumber tomato salad, and a yogurt dressing. There are many interesting, […]

The End of the Lettuce

This is my beautiful lettuce bed, now bolting to seed as the weather is warming. Each plant will send up a tall center runner that will blossom and finally drop seeds. You can see in the top right a red romaine plant that’s sent up the final throws of lettuce. […]

Stormy Monday

It’s still dark outside at 10:00 am this stormy Monday. My garden LOVES the stormy mornings. It’s been raining intermittently since I first awakened at oh dark thirty. The sound of distant thunder rumbles on and I’m a happy camper. God is watering and fertilizing my garden with nitrogen rich rain. Thank you, Daddy.

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The End of the Broccoli

Do you see those yellow flowers at the top right of this picture? Those are broccoli flowers! I think I could have harvested broccoli forever, but frankly, I got sick of it so I let the plants bolt (by not picking the florets any more.) See how tall the broccoli […]

Grow Bag, Automator, Aqua Cone, Sea Magic, & BiotaMax Trials

I planted these little seedlings exactly 23 days ago. I have never, ever seen tomato plants flourish so quickly! I walked outside and said “WOW!” I couldn’t believe how big and healthy these two plants are. On these, I did everything right. I set up the growing bags with good soil and good organic slow […]

Vita-Mix – Great Kitchen Tool

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I have a Vita-Mix and use it practically every day, some days more than once. I’ve made purees, soups, juices, dressings, sauces, batters, omelettes, smoothies, almond milk, pancake batter, mayonnaise, even ice cream in it. I’ve shredded cabbage in it for cole slaw. I plan on making baby food in it for my […]

Composting Basics

Compost is the result of organic material that’s been decomposed by aerobic decomposition into rich soil. Nothing nourishes your garden like good compost. Making compost is simple and easy. You can use any number of the many composting devices sold, and if you live in the city or suburb, definitely need an enclosed compost bin. […]

Recipe – Swiss Chard with Raisins and Almonds

Here’s the final (for now) installment of chard recipes. They’re all good.

3 Tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 1/2 cup golden raisins 3 Tbsp. lemon zest 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 lbs Swiss chard, spinach or beet greens 3 Tbsp toasted slivered almonds

In a […]

Recipe – Swiss Chard with Asian Flavors

I’ve gotten so many comments from readers who liked my chard recipes, that I thought I’d post a couple more of them. These can all utilize fresh spinach or beet greens or any soft greens.

Dressing:

2 tsp. rice wine vinegar 2 tsp sugar or 1 packet Truvia 1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 […]