Southwest Summer Salad

Here is a spicy, savory meal that makes great use of prime summer produce — corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocados — in one delicious salad.  This is a crowd pleasing superstar, as it’s dairy and gluten free, vegan, deliciously nutritious, and easy to do much of the prep in advance. This salad uses one of…

Carrot Salad with Lavender & Thyme

My CSA box* often includes carrots — and last week they were special.  Deep, rich purple on the outside with a bright orange core, these beauties deserved a starring role. Their flavor profile is a little duskier than a bright orange carrot, and so I paired them with the lovely lavender and thyme growing in…

Blueberry Spongecake Roll

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits.  I have several new Southern high bush blueberry plants in my garden this year.  Their flavor is rich and sweet — but subtle in a dessert.  To get the blueberry flavor and color I was after, I turned to freeze dried blueberries to add big blueberry flavor to…

Bay Lime Cooler

Here’s a refreshing summer cocktail that uses my Bay Leaf Liqueur.  It’s a balanced sweet/tart flavor, fabulously aromatic with bay and lime mint over a base of gin. I love growing scents in my garden — and lime mint is unique, in that it doesn’t smell minty.  Instead it’s more green, limey and herbal.  You…

Bay Leaf Liqueur

Many years ago I planted a tiny sweet bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) in my garden*.  It has flourished, and produces an abundance of dark green leaves. I love experimenting with flavors in my cooking and cocktails, and decided to do something bold with my bay leaves.  The result is Bay Leaf Liqueur — an elixor…

Rose Drop

My beautiful Gertrude Jekyll rose is about to bloom — time for a Rose Drop.  This recipe was recently featured in the May 2017 Sunset magazine.  Enjoy! For me, the garden is a place of deep inspiration for my cooking.  I have a beautiful rose bush* — right now in full bloom with deep pink,…