Butternut Pumpkin Pie

Just a few weeks ago, I harvested a HUGE butternut squash at one of my school gardens. Personally, I’m not much of a fan of winter squashes. They have a sweetness that I don’t like to associate with what should be savory foods (same reason I don’t like sweet potatoes). But I know I need […]

Garden Pesto!

I have the wonderful opportunity to be working once again this year with EnrichLA – a nonprofit in the heart of Los Angeles that builds & cultivates gardens and educates students about how food grows, what it tastes like and what kinds of critters that live in them. My role as a Garden Ranger is […]

Lemon Curd

Lemons. The joy on a hot, sweaty day in the form of a glass of sour-sweet water. The delectableness of zesty cookies. The extra zing in a low country boil. The happy yellow of a subtle rind garnish. The refreshing scent in a reviving candle. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits, used in foods […]

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender is such a beautiful flower. I love seeing it grow in Los Angeles because it brings color to the brown and crunchy landscapes. Soon after moving here, my roommate and I bought a small lavender plant and added it to our front lawn. Since, it’s been flourishing fabulously and has grown 4 times it’s […]

Rosemary & Lemon Butter Cookies

Today was my last day teaching garden classes before summer starts. What better way to close the fun-filled year than to make sweets with one’s students? ;-) The idea for this lesson was to introduce some unique & easy recipes using ingredients from the kids’ garden. One of my students suggested cookies. At first, I was slightly […]

EnrichLA: Tasting Apples with My Students

I can’t believe it’s already two weeks until school ends. On June 5th, my contract with EnrichLA that began in January will be end, leaving me with nothing better to do than enjoy a beautiful two-month summer vacay in sunny and beach-breezy Los Angeles where Cobalt and I have resided since October. Praise God, I did […]

Carcinogenic Rice??

Featured image from dreamstime.com Hi there. This soapbox topic today is provided by freedom of speech. I don’t want to appear angry by any means; but hear me out if you would be so kind. I merely want to begin a discussion about Picking Our Battles in the Foodie World :) In 2012, several media including Huffington […]

Teaching Garden Classes with EnrichLA

Happy Thursday! I don’t think I’ve had a chance to share with you guys my new job that I started in January! Essentially, I’m a Garden Ranger for EnrichLA, a non-profit whose mission is to put gardens “in every school” in Los Angeles. My job–as well as the other Rangers–is to go to the schools […]

Tomato Pie

Call me crazy, but I had no idea what tomato pie was until this summer. A Workshare at Crabtree brought it to lunch one day, which was my first time to taste it. Let me tell you – it was amazing! Creamy, tomatoey, cheesy…it was essentially lasagna sans noodles in a crust! My recipe is different […]