We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

When Rhubarb Bolts

This is what you get when rhubarb bolts. Isn't this lovely?
It does not last more than several hours, but it was fun to see it in an arrangement.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes: Easy and Delicious

These are fabulous pancakes from Kevin Lee Jacobs who has a terrific blog and website at A Garden For The House at http://www.agardenforthehouse.com , but I did revise his version. I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese, and added the juice of a Meyer lemon from my tree. Yes I am still getting Meyer lemons indoors. In about a month I will be setting my Meyer lemon on the patio. By then it will no longer be snowing. Yes we had snow yesterday.

Sprinkle your pancakes with confectioners sugar or pour some real maple syrup on them.

You know you could even add blueberries to the batter or top your pancakes with them.

Low-Carb Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Kevin Lee Jacobs
Ingredients for about 20 4-inch diameter cakes
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (any fat content you like)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or, use 1/2 cup gluten-free pancake mix)
Optional: 2 teaspoons sugar
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grease and preheat a skillet or griddle over a medium flame, or warm an electric skillet to 350°F.
Put all ingredients into the jar of a blender. Blend at high speed until perfectly smooth — about 15 seconds.
Ladle, by the quarter-cupful, the batter onto the hot surface. When air bubbles appear along the edge of the pancakes, flip them over, and brown the other side.
If you are not going to serve the pancakes right away, keep them warm on a baking sheet in a 200°F oven.
Serve with butter, pure maple syrup, honey, or whatever sweet substance makes your tail wag.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Way To Garden with Margaret Roach

As you well know, I am a fan of podcasts. Margaret Roach's website and podcasts are fun and informative. She used to be with  Martha Stewart and was the lead gardening expert. She is still spreading the word on great gardening tips and information. Click here for more info. She even posts the chores for the month. Although she seems to be ahead of me in that department.

Oh to have her garden. It is so lovely. Also it would be great to hear her speak in person. As many of you know, last year around this time, I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a luncheon with  gardeners and P. Allen Smith. He was the speaker and what fun that was!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spring Has Sprung

Here are a few photos of what is going on in the garden. Mostly tulips, grape hyacinths, rhubarb and my garlic at this point. I planted Music garlic which has always done well for me.The garlic is really ahead of schedule. I usually harvest it the second week of July. We shall see if it is early this year.

We had a relatively mild winter compared to other years. However, we have had plenty of rain over the past several months. Everything looks so lush and beautiful.

A couple of weeks ago I planted lettuce, chard and kale which is just starting to pop up. I love this time of year.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Farmer Fred Gardening Radio Program on KFBK

I am listening to Farmer Fred on KFBK right now. They are having a great discussion with experts on the best gardening tools. This program is on every Sunday out of central California. If you miss it, you can pick it up on the station's podcasts. Never miss listening to Fred.

Here is more info on today's program.

Sunday on the electric radio garden shows: Roses! Pruning, planting, choosing...all good topics for the January 3 shows. Rosarians Charlotte Owendyk and Baldo Villegas drop by, pruners in hand. Maybe not with pruners. They may not make it past security. KFBK Garden Show, 8-10 am on KFBK (93.1-FM, 1530-AM, kfbk.com and the IHeart Radio app); Get Growing, 10 am-noon, on KSTE (650-AM, kste.com and the iHeart Radio app). Podcasts available after the shows air at those two websites and the iHeart radio app.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

This and That

This first part of the  post has nothing to do with gardening nor cooking, but I was amazed at how crowded Target was today. Practically all the carts were being used. Gift wrap and Christmas cards were 70 % percent off. But all the departments were packed. I am not a big shopper, but I did grab a gorgeous roll of glitter foil gift wrap for a $1.50.

Now I need to get down to business looking over my seed catalogs. I think this year I will simplify the garden by planting only tomatoes, basil, kale and zinnias. Perhaps butternut squash. Of course, I may change my mind and add to the list. I already have a large bed of hard neck garlic planted. With this warmer weather, it is already 6 inches out of the ground. Very unusual.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pimento Cheese Dip- great for New Year's Eve or Game Day

I made this dip for an after Christmas party and the bowl was scrapped clean.

Pimento Cheese
Yield: About 1 pint (serves 4 as an appetizer)

2 cups sharp orange cheddar, grated (8 oz.)
½ cup Duke’s mayonnaise ( Duke's is preferred and start with 1/4 cup and add more, if need be)
½ cup pimiento peppers, drained and chopped (7-oz. jar)
¼ cup green onion, chopped (use both the green and the white parts)
1 tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cayenne
Dash of Tabasco
1 tsp. horseradish ( optional -but I would definitely add it. I am just saying.)

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir with a rubber spatula. Serve immediately with crackers, or cover, refrigerate, and let flavors marinate. I know this us atypical, but the Nacho chips that are shaped as dippers are great with this dip.