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…

Purple Sauerkraut

This may be the ultimate DIY Basic — just two inexpensive ingredients and some microbial magic and you get fresh, delicious sauerkraut.  If you’ve never tasted fresh sauerkraut — the kind that you get in the refrigerated section, not in the jarred vegetable section — you’re in for a taste treat. For pennies on the…

Almond Date Mousse

This ultra simple dessert is not only delicious and smooth — it’s vegan.  What began as a mistake ended up a surprisingly lovely dessert! After making my Homemade Almond Milk, I used it to make a warm beverage, sweetened with dates.  While it tasted good, the texture was too thick — all wrong for drinking. …

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…