German Rutabaga Potato Salad (Vegan)

Rutabagas are hearty, sweet, root veggies that are easy to grow and half the calories and carbohydrates of potatoes. They can be eaten cooked or raw, such as shredded on top of salads.   Although they’re not as nutrient-rich as potatoes, they provide a healthy alternative, especially when substituted for part of the potatoes in just about any recipe. A rutabaga is considered a cross between … Continue reading German Rutabaga Potato Salad (Vegan)

Ready, Set, Start Seeds!

Since our greenhouse is our living room, and the weather is finally warming up in southern California, it’s time to start our seeds. Last weekend, during our first warm, sunny morning in months, we started chile peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, and basil (see varieties below). For all you SoCal gardeners out there, here’s a breakdown of our method: Seeds: We started planting our summer plant seeds, … Continue reading Ready, Set, Start Seeds!

Butternut Oat Survival Muffins (with vegan option)

It’s not always the energy needed before a long run that matters. It’s the power needed to survive the rest of the day! After a 10+ mile run, all I can think about is getting food in me as soon as possible and I’ll grab whatever’s at arm’s reach, like my boyfriend’s barbeque chips.   Not necessarily my first choice, or a habit I’d like to … Continue reading Butternut Oat Survival Muffins (with vegan option)

Red Hot Chile Sauce

Every summer, our Serrano and jalapeno plants are decked out with hundreds of shiny green and red ornaments waiting to be harvested. The harvest is ridiculously abundant with these two varieties, so besides making fresh salsa every few days, we have to find another quick and easy way to use our chiles so they don’t end up rotting off the plants. Since I don’t want … Continue reading Red Hot Chile Sauce

Sunscald on Tomatoes- Aaagh!

When tomato fruits are exposed to direct sun in really hot weather, they are susceptible to sunscald. Sunscald is more apparent on plants with sparse foliage or those that have lost foliage due to disease. The leaves on many of our plants in “Tomato Land” contracted a fungus that was easily rid of, but caused a lot of foliage to shrivel up, exposing our much … Continue reading Sunscald on Tomatoes- Aaagh!

Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Cornbread

  After trial and error with several cheesy green chile cornbread recipes, this one is the winner by far!   R, my avid food critic, gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up.  As for my review, it not only passes the aroma and texture analysis, it’s so simple to make! Recipe adapted from the Food Network Ingredients: 1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 … Continue reading Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Cornbread

French Door Wall Decor- DYI Idea!

Leave it to our good friend Leonard to challenge our creativity by dropping off a couple of old, discarded French doors he scored at a construction site.  He’s always thinking of us, bringing odds and ends from here and there, stoked to see what sort of ingenuity we can conjure up and assess whether or not it’s on par with his own.  I’m proud to … Continue reading French Door Wall Decor- DYI Idea!

Peanut Butter Power Balls (GF, V)

Last weekend, I met up with my dear ol’ best friend J for a beach strand walk and chat, where along the way, we stopped in an upscale cold-press juice shop for a snack.  J left the shop nibbling on their peanut butter protein balls declaring, in satisfaction, how delectable they were, and perhaps I could concoct something of the kind.  With a ping, I … Continue reading Peanut Butter Power Balls (GF, V)

S’more Pie: An R B-Day special

Warning: Ingredients are totally old school, non-dietetic, and addicting. So, go ahead and use non-organic graham crackers, salted butter, old-fashioned milk chocolate, and marshmallows made with hooves (okay, that might be taking it too far)! This vegan unfriendly, chia seedless, Betty Crocker style pie will have your dessert loving friends and family kick it like it’s 1986 now! Ingredients Crust: 1 ½ cups graham cracker … Continue reading S’more Pie: An R B-Day special