Pre-Temperance Maraschino Cherries

I know, I know, all I ever talk about any more is cherries, but isn’t it comforting to know that despite all the changes life can throw at you, some things remain constant? One such thing being cherry season which always comes around this time of year without fail. I specifically get excited about sour […]

Sour Cherry Pickin’ Los Angeles Style

Sometimes life is like a bowl of sour cherries… but I’m not complaining! Yes you heard me right, sour (tart) cherries are now ripe and ready for picking in the Leona Valley (just North of Los Angeles, CA near Palmdale).  SOUR cherries?? you’re probably thinking, why would I want those?  Because, let me tell you […]

Spicy Smoky Chile Salsa

This is a straight-up, kick in the ass, try it if you dare sort of salsa. It’s also quick, simple, and surprisingly complex, thanks to the carrot and two wonderful varieties of chiles. We almost always keep a homemade salsa around the house, and I’m not usually the one to make it.  But after finding […]

Foraging

So . . . what do all of these dishes have in common? crab apple blossom drops with Meyer lemon sour mix warmed olives with fava beans and rosemary nasturtium pesto watercress, nasturtium, and miners’ lettuce salad with pine nuts and fresh flowers and braised dandelion and nettle with wild mushrooms Yep – they are […]

Guess the Connection

Here, dear reader, a little game while the next post brews — can you guess what all of these dishes have in common? crab apple blossom drops with meyer’s lemon sour mix warmed olives with fava beans and rosemary nasturtium pesto watercress, nasturtium, and miners’ lettuce salad with pine nuts and fresh flowers and braised […]