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...]

Strawberry Picking along the California Coast

Each year I anxiously await the strawberries to ripen at my favorite berry farm, where I annually make a pilgrimage and pick until my heart is content.  I find berry picking so peaceful.  I completely enjoy picking berries along side of a friend chatting, while searching for the perfect berry, and … [Read more...]

Orange California

My son is now 17 years old and he will go to college in a year and a half.  Where has the time gone?!  My young son is growing into a young man right before my eyes.  We recently visited Southern California to look at four prospective colleges. He and I had a great trip; wonderful “mother and son” … [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...]

An Edible Garden As Art

Earlier this month, my mother and I attend the Elizabeth Gamble Garden’s Spring Tour, which is held annually in Palo Alto.  Each year, Gamble Garden feature Palo Alto residential gardens on the garden tour as well as their own extensive garden on Waverley Street.  The spring bloom at Gamble Garden … [Read more...]

Lemons and Liquid Sunshine

Our Eureka lemon tree is loaded right now with so many lemons!  It is absolutely beautiful.  And the blossoms for next year's lemons have just opened.  The scent is magnificent.  And, the bees are very busy buzzing all around the tree collecting their coveted pollen. Each spring it is the same… … [Read more...]

Avocados! Aguacate!

Avocados!  Aguacate! Who doesn’t like avocados?!  What’s not to like?!  They are delicious on everything...eggs, enchiladas, salad...mushed up and scooped up on a chip.  I love guacamole.  As a California native, I have enjoyed avocados my whole life.   This time of year, I go visit my neighbor … [Read more...]