March 2009

Strawberry Shortcakes with Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Biscuits

March 30, 2009
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Over the weekend, when we went to TomatoMania, we bought some incredible strawberries from the farm where the event was being held. What to do, what to do? These berries were so spectacular, they deserved something special. Contrary to what most grocery stores would lead you to believe, “shortcakes” are not scary yellow sponge-like cakes, […]

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Tomato Obsession

March 29, 2009

Ask anyone who gardens what type of tomatoes they grow and you are likely to get an impassioned response about varieties, the merits of hybrids vs. heirlooms, and frequency of watering. Few vegetables (yes, I know tomatoes are a fruit) spark such an obsession among gardeners. My garden this year is all about redemption for […]

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Red Curry Noodles with Tofu

March 26, 2009

I’ve been meaning to do a non-meat dish for a while lest you all think I’m a complete carnivore. While I do like my proteins, I’m happy to take them in any form. Still waiting to try the fried bugs next time we’re in Bangkok, but that’s a whole ‘nother story! This dish is not […]

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How to Fill a Raised Garden Bed with the "No Dig" Method

March 26, 2009

The “No Dig” method for gardening is supposed to use less water, take less effort (no digging, no rotatilling) and raise superior vegetables. Ok, sign me up. I had two references. One, a story I’d read in the LA times last summer (http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-nodig12-2008jun12,0,55177.story) and the other, the website, http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/ I started saving newspapers about a […]

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How Pork Chops Lead to a Garden or, How to Build Raised Garden Beds

March 26, 2009

A couple of nights ago I had the worst tomato of my life. It looked pretty, but it was completely devoid of any flavor. Sorta like blondes. Ok, I take that back. Some of my closest friends are blondes. But you know what I mean…this is LA after all. Anyway, we’ve had bad luck in […]

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Pork Chops and Apple Sauce

March 26, 2009

    My plan was a meatless meal. Really. But then I saw those extra thick pork chops on sale in my local market and was smitten. When I was a kid, one of my favorite meals was Pork Chops and Applesauce, though it probably came in second to my mother’s Fried Chicken and Mashed […]

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