Produce In Season!

The Bounty of Late Summer

OK…I know…I've been M.I.A.  So you ask, "Teresa, why have you not post a blog article for the past two months?!"  The answer is I have been overwhelmed with house projects, my son was home from college all summer, and I've been busy canning!  When the tomatoes arrive you must turn your attention to … [Read more...]

Santa Clara Canner Tomato

This spring I purchased a tomato plant that I have never heard of before.  The name of this plant stopped me in my tracks.  Could it be—a tomato variety that perhaps my grandfather and his brothers actually processed at Gangi Brothers tomato packing plant?!  How is it that a tomato species was … [Read more...]

Sweet Basilico!

Basil is one of my favorite herbs!  I grow many basil plants in my vegetable garden each summer and enjoy it until it bolts in the fall.  I enjoy adding it to quick pasta sauces, added fresh in sandwiches, snipped into salads, placed on top of a large red slice of Beef Steak tomatoes with burrata … [Read more...]

Spring Herbs

 My vegetable garden is coming alive!  I have planted too many tomatoes again, eggplant, crooked neck squash, lemon cucumber, arugula, string beans, cantaloupe, and a few varieties of peppers.  Oh, and lets not forget, my precious herbs!  Every night while I am preparing dinner, I walk to my … [Read more...]

Winter Herbs

Sage growing in my garden. Happy New Year!  I hope this blog posting finds you happy, healthy, and looking forward to a new year with hope. As you may already know, I love to cook.  I am not formally trained although I was taught by some of the best; the women and men in my family that have … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories Part 2

Jersey Devil (1/2 pound in weight) My favorite this year! August is the busiest time of the year for tomato packers.  My grandfather’s packing plant in Santa Clara, Gangi Brother’s Tomato Packing, would run 24/7 for weeks on end.   As a kid, it seemed that tomato packing monopolized the whole … [Read more...]

Delicious Tomato Memories

If you haven’t already guessed, I am of Italian heritage.  On one side of my mother's family, I am the fifth generation born in America as well as California.  All five generation have lived in northern California.  My other set of maternal great-grandparents immigrated to America from Sicily to … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Blueberries

This past week my son and I went on a road trip to visit colleges and attend campus tours at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara.  I can't believe it is time to start thinking about college?!  It seems that I was just sending him off to kindergarten and buying him Legos and light … [Read more...]

Strawberry Fields Forever

Berry picking is on my annual “To Do List” each spring and summer!  I look forward to consistent warm days to ripen the strawberries and blackberries in the fields along the California coastline in Santa Cruz County.  I have my favorite “go to” place off Highway 1 north of Davenport.  I continually … [Read more...]

Exotic Rhubarb

To be honest, I have never cooked with rhubarb until I decided to write this article.  There was always this mystery surrounding this vegetable for me.  Every spring I am surprised by the arrival of the beautiful red stalks at my market.  I always stopped to admire them... they are just waiting for … [Read more...]