Feeling @ Home with Gallo Pinto: Nicaraguan Rice & Beans

Cobble stoned alleyway-like streets lined with wall-to-wall bright teal, orange, and yellow stuccoed homes, shops clad with wrought iron gated windows, and sorely chipped tiled entryway steps make up the neighborhoods. Stumbling along chunks of concrete uprooting from sidewalks, zigzagging in and out of clusters of vendors carrying baskets of goods, scurrying women with children in tow, bicycle drawn carriages, and cars driven by madmen … Continue reading Feeling @ Home with Gallo Pinto: Nicaraguan Rice & Beans

Purple of Sicily Cauliflower

I’m not sure where my fascination with the color purple originated, but if I can find a purple vegetable I like, I’m planting it! It could be my body’s natural instinct to purge toxins by ingesting certain varieties of purple fruits and vegetables highly concentrated with antioxidants. It could also be that I love the color of blooming artichokes, purple stemmed ragged jack kale, earth … Continue reading Purple of Sicily Cauliflower

The Mother Hubbard: Heirloom Winter Squash

Squash is one of the oldest known crops. It has been a main staple for Native Americans for over 10,000 years, and historically referred to as one of America’s Three Sisters for its sustainability, supporting the livelihood of generations of native cultures. The genus, cucurbita (squash), includes many varieties such as round stem butternuts (cucurbita moschata), prickly stemmed summer zucchini (cucurbita pepo), and the round winter … Continue reading The Mother Hubbard: Heirloom Winter Squash

Winter Squash Curry Soup: Hubbard True Green

Curry dishes are a favorite of ours during the colder months and can be easily made with an entire giant hubbard or other winter squash such as butternut and pumpkin. Ingredients: 15-25 lb squash olive oil 1 stick butter about 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock to start 2 large yellow onions, chopped about ten gloves of crushed garlic yellow curry powder (start with … Continue reading Winter Squash Curry Soup: Hubbard True Green

Hatch Hiking the World’s Chile Capital

I love New Mexico for its diverse artistic landscape in vibrant greens, reds, and golds in the forefront of a crisp, blue, cloud smeared backdrop. I love it for its cultures that seem to jive together in one beating life force. I have loved New Mexico since childhood, visiting family year after year all of my life, planting hardy and abundant memories in every square … Continue reading Hatch Hiking the World’s Chile Capital

Turning the House Into Our Home: Ranch Style Fence Construction

Growing up, mainly in apartment complexes, I always dreamed of having a little house with a big yard and a white picket fence. I’ve lived in shoebox villages laid out with dank narrow hallway labyrinths and tiny hovering balconies teeming with hanging plants and bicycles my entire childhood. Home was within the confines of my bedroom proudly adorned with a frilly white canopy bed where I dreamed each … Continue reading Turning the House Into Our Home: Ranch Style Fence Construction

Friends Don’t Let Friends Try Beet Burgers Alone

Today, my best friend since 2nd grade came over for a lunch visit, and since National Beet Day has officially turned into National Beet Weekend, I served beet burgers. Despite the heinous blood red rooty patty images one might imagine, these burgers turned out quite well. They’re different, tasty with a smoky flavor, beautifully colored and textured, and for anyone who’s ever had a vegetarian burger, … Continue reading Friends Don’t Let Friends Try Beet Burgers Alone

Celebrating National Beet Day!

Summer means many things to many different people. For us, it’s become the ultimate endless farming, and today was the kick off to an epic summer harvest. Friday, July 8th, 2016, marks the first annual National Beet Day here at Lomita Farm, and what a day it was! It began as a fun filled morning of harvesting that ran into the late afternoon. There were … Continue reading Celebrating National Beet Day!

Off the Beeten Path Bread

So, you think you’re adventurous, do you? Been all around the world searching the unknown, stepping on grounds never touched or seen by woman or man, have we? Newsflash! (Did I just write that?!) If you haven’t tried making and tasting your own beet bread, you are still on the road to conformity my friend. This little urban adventure is slightly sweet, extremely hearty, interestingly … Continue reading Off the Beeten Path Bread

Carnitas: The Next Generation

I don’t usually eat meat, but when I do, it’s homemade carnitas! As long as the pork is tender, lean, non-oily, and tastes like anything other than “pig”, I’m game. With that being said, I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to carnitas, so ordering this little meat dish in most Mexican restaurants would be no bueno for my stomach. Once in awhile, especially when … Continue reading Carnitas: The Next Generation