Herbal Tisane – DIY Basic

Growing and using herbs is one of the main reasons why I garden.  I grow a number of fragrant culinary herbs in my gardens.  While I use many herbs in my cooking, I have several herbs that I grow mainly for drinking in tisanes.  What’s a tisane?  Herbs + boiling water = tisane.  Commonly known…

CSA Veggie box 2/9/18

Another beautiful, warm week here in sunny California.  And that means another fabulous box from Full Belly Farm!  Here’s what’s in my box this week, and how I plan to use these treasures from the farm. Napa Cabbage:  I’ll ferment this tasty tender cabbage with garlic and chili to make my version of kim chi. …

CSA Veggie box 2/2/18

If you’ve visited my site before, you’ll notice that I often include beautiful vegetables in my recipes from my weekly Full Belly Farm Community Supported Agriculture veggie box.  I’ve had a number of inquiries from friends and followers on how to best use the produce in my box — how I decide what to use…

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is a super simple concoction, and a great DIY Basics project — especially if you have a Vitamix!   I just got one, and am enjoying experimenting with it. With just two ingredients — almonds and water — Almond Milk is a true basic, especially for vegans or those who can’t tolerate dairy.   After…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Winter squash are perfect right now. Reposting this fab recipe. Enjoy! Warm, fluffy, moist, lightly spiced, pumpkin pancakes.  They’re just right to get you started on a Fall morning.  Or, for a fun twist, try them for dinner one night. Pumpkin Pancakes 2 (10 oz) cups flour 3 TB brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking…

Smoky Black-eyed Peas

Summer’s winding down, and that means that rich, red tomatoes are abundant.  I’m making this recipe tonight — and thought I’d repost it today for your inspiration.  Enjoy! The beautiful black-eyed pea has a natural affinity to smoky flavors, and so pairs well with a favorite spice of mine — smoked paprika. Adding the rich…