Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

Growing List- Spring 2018 We are super excited to see what this spring and summer give us with the varieties we’ve narrowed down to due to hardiness, abundance, and above all, taste. We’ve also added a few more varieties this season, such as the golden beet, chicories and radicchios, elephant garlic, pinkerton avocado, hops, and much more.  Below is an “almost” complete list of what … Continue reading Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)

SoCal Planting Guides

A few teeny tiny tomatoes?  Unimpressive shrively winter squash?  One or two spindly sprigs of kale?  Hmmm….sounds like you may have bought veggie plants too early, or planted seeds at the wrong time.  Unless you have a high tech growing facility, Mother Nature isn’t easily fooled.  For a successful harvest, start your seeds and plant out doors when the time is right for our SoCal … Continue reading SoCal Planting Guides

Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101

Between a juicer and a blender, the blender is my method of choice for making the most flavorful pomegranate juice with a smooth, rich consistency.  Removing the arils (seeds) from the membrane and pith creates the sweetest taste without the bitterness.  Extracting the seeds by hand can be a slow, tedious process, but well worth it in the end. Method Extracting pomegranate seeds: Under a … Continue reading Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101

Pomegranate Molasses (DIY)

Pomegranate Molasses This scrumptious pomegranate goo is actually a thick simple syrup perfect for baking and using in salad dressings, marinades, and dips. For the tastiest pomegranate molasses, click on the link: Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101. Makes about ½ final cup Ingredients: 2 cups pure pomegranate juice (purchase or make your own) ¼ cup sugar ½ TBSP lime juice Directions: In a small saucepan over … Continue reading Pomegranate Molasses (DIY)

Holiday Pomegranate Torte with Lemon Cheer! (Vegan)

I finally got fed up with the last of our homegrown pomegranates taking up too much fridge storage space; it was time they had to go. After forcefully yanking on the crisping drawer and smashing the tumbling poms over one another, I painstakingly pried them apart one at a time under a large bowl of water and removed each and every aril. With all the … Continue reading Holiday Pomegranate Torte with Lemon Cheer! (Vegan)

Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

Turnips and rutabagas are from the Brassica family, which includes cabbage, mustard greens, and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. Both are root vegetables, have purple tinted tops*, are cylindrical in shape, sprout tall, sturdy, edible leafy greens, and are rich in Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, and soluble fiber. Although similar looking, turnips are slightly smaller on average, can be entirely purple … Continue reading Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

Poppin’ Popcorn Off Dried Corn on the Cob

  We purposely let our glass gem corn dry out to showcase their natural dazzling iridescent colors for our fall home décor. But along come the winter holidays, and I have to move the corn aside to make room for lounging plush gingerbread dolls and a listless snowman. Rather than stuffing glass gems in a storage box filled with ceramic turkeys, embroidered pumpkin placemats, and … Continue reading Poppin’ Popcorn Off Dried Corn on the Cob

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!)