Excerpts from the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States (If you like this, you will love the book!) Look for it at your local book store or on Amazon here. Know How Blanching apricots. Bring a large saucepan of water to a rolling...

Or, what's looming in my future. Black Gilliflower. Ashmead's Kernel. Spitzenberg. Coming to my door. Tomorrow. YESYESYES! From Trees of Antiquity's catalogue/description: An old English russet apple, medium size, golden-brown skin with a crisp nutty snap. Fruit explodes with champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange...

This is my all time fave outdoor kitchen. We call it the Cabana Kitchen. It is steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Steps. Maybe 25 steps. I have seen the Pacific Ocean wash into this kitchen during one particularly high tide and storm. Yes, I...

For my pal Cindy, in smokin' hot Katy, Texas: girl, you need this to cool yourself down! I am not even gonna lie about it, this recipe is straight from page 69 of Jamie Oliver's Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life. Thank...

I know, I know! How boring is that post title? It is SO NOT me. When I went to Amazon.com in search of the best vegetable garden cookbooks, I could pull up more than 200 and sometimes 600 matches. There's a new one for sale about...

Not to be left out of the big doin's, here's my little upload for Bloom Day, July 2009-a small selection of what is blooming in the garden at Ranch du Bois. It is blazing hot and hard to photograph all the lovelies right now. Heck,...

Bountiful Week Seven from the Taft/Tamarack CSA *Magic Garlic!!! Yes, this garlic is magic. It makes dreams come true, and has for the past 5 years. The pulling of the garlic bulbs is one of the most aromatic, amazing tasks on the farm…it’s worth putting a...

I could write out the recipe and take credit, but that would not be fair to the good folks who shared this nectar of the gods and goddesses with me. So, a little link love for him, and a shout out to them, you...