Persimmon Power Cookies- Vegan, GF

Disclaimer: Although this recipe title has the word “cookies” in it, it’s really not meant to be a dessert. Well, for me it kind of is, but a normal person would be terribly disappointed. If you want a sweet kind of persimmon cookie, stop here and return to Google. But if the idea of creating your own healthy nutritious power snack rather than reaching for … Continue reading Persimmon Power Cookies- Vegan, GF

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Crust recipe too!)

Through painless, lip smacking trial and error, my quest for creating a vegan version of the traditional pumpkin pie has come to an end. After much tweaking and happy tasting, I finally came up with a recipe to my personal liking…and perhaps, yours too! What sent me on this quest were the amazing Rogosa Violina “Gioia” butternuts growing in our backyard. This Italian variety is … Continue reading Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Crust recipe too!)

Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake:  Adapted from Mrs. Garret’s Original Carrot Cake served at the Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. Co-hosting a great big 50th wedding anniversary surprise bash is not a job for the lackadaisical tulip tiptoer like myself. It’s an almost, not quite, reconnaissance mission that my mind snaps to and hyper focuses on every detail…well, at least the details I can pay attention … Continue reading Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

“Don’t eat tortillas. They make you fat!” If my great grandmother knew I loved tortillas and tortilla chips more than tostones, she’d be turning in her grave. I can’t help it, I’m half Mexican! But, my other half is Puerto Rican. America, her name derived from her father, a merchant marine (obviously), was from San Juan, Puerto Rico. A poor country girl with twelve siblings, … Continue reading Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

Below is our fall list and layout for our planting beds this year.  Remember, artichokes are perennials, so plan on them staying in a chosen spot for about five years (if they’re healthy and thriving). Since some of our spring/summer crops are still producing and the rest of our beds are being prepared, we got a head start by sowing most seeds in trays with seed … Continue reading Lomita Farm’s 2017 Fall Planting Guide

Growing Tomatoes with Wild Boar Farms

Brad Gates, tomato expert and owner of Wild Boar Farms, knows everything about breeding and growing tomatoes.  It’s always a pleasure to attend his lively and informative presentations at the National Heirloom Expo.  Below are some valuable takeaways that will help you in becoming a more successful tomato grower! Tips for Planting & Growing Tomatoes When transferring young plants to the ground, bury 1/3 of … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes with Wild Boar Farms

My Sonoma: Beyond the Wine

Driving seven plus hours north to Sonoma County seemed utterly daunting while passing dusty flat farmland as far as the eye can see in both directions off the Grapevine. The barrages of endless semi-trucks head to toe like train cars and slower drivers in the wrong lane make any trip seem like a bad idea. Breaking up the monotony at a rest stop bathroom, gas … Continue reading My Sonoma: Beyond the Wine

Sweet Raw Power Balls- V, GF

Forget those pricey, sugary, processed, and often unhealthy granola, protein, or otherwise labeled as, energy bars. It’s easy, cost effective, and way healthier to make your own! Whether it’s an after meal sweet, a before and after workout energizer, or just a light “pick-me-up” during the day to keep up the activities with a smile, these savory wholesome nuggets are sure to satisfy. Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading Sweet Raw Power Balls- V, GF