Sweet Victory Fig & Apricot Salad

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week I saw figs at the grocery store, and I barely hesitated before I reached  for a carton.  I’ve struggled with figs in the past, but I have a new confidence this year.  I went home and whipped up a Highly Experimental Salad that turned out to be Highly Successful.  Sweet Victory!  Here’s the recipe… « Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Staring, You Little Squid

July 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

Yesterday I headed to my neighborhood QFC for groceries.  As a approached the store swarms of police cars descended!  Cops pulled a man out of a nearby car at gunpoint!  So, I kept driving to the next store, which was Uwajimaya in the International District.  That’s when the real trouble began.   « Read the rest of this entry »

Waiter, There’s a Flower in My Salad.

July 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am a miserable farmer, it’s true.  But I am able to grow decent flowers and herbs, and Nasturtiums are both, so how could I go wrong? Nasturtiums are the A#1 recommendation for children’s  gardens – they’re that easy to grow. This year I planted seeds and got a lot (a lot) of foliage.  When the first leaves poked through the soil we were so excited! Days passed and the leaves grew wider and taller. “Oh my, this will be a bumper crop Nasturtium flowers,” we thought.  It has been, instead, a bumper crop of Nasturtium leaves. A few flowers, yes, but mostly leaves. Which left me dejected, until I learned that nasturtium leaves are absolutely delicious.

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July News from the Kitchen

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hellloooo!  I hope that you are enjoying these early days of summer.  I will admit that some nights by 10:00 I’m cursing the light sky – there are no curtains dark or heavy enough to convince my children that it is night and time to sleep.  On the flip side, I remember feeding my groggy children breakfast in the wintertime, staring at pitch blackness outside the window.  One dark morning my husband convinced our 5 year-old that it was, in fact, the middle of the night. So we must celebrate these long, long days.

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