Harley Farms in Pescadero – Part 1

Over the past couple of years I have been hearing about a dairy farm in the seaside town of Pescadero that raises their own goats and makes delicious cheese from their milk.  I heard how charming the dairy was and that they had a real lovely cheese shop.  So I decided to go visit Harley Farms this … [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...]

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...]

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...]

TOMATO TIME!

Some of you may know this... some of you may have guessed this… but I am crazy about tomatoes!  I grow them, eat them, cook them, can them, and give them away to my family and friends.  I just can’t get enough of them.  The beautiful colorful orbs actual give me joy to just look at and photograph … [Read more...]

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!

Buona Pasqua!  Happy Easter! Easter has always been a special time for my family and me.  As an Italian American kid, Easter had been greeted with great expectation because I was completing my Lenten fast of meatless Fridays and no candy for 40 days.  On Easter morning my family and I would get … [Read more...]

On a Quest for Artichokes!

On a Quest for Artichokes! Earlier this week, my friend Sue and I decided to go on a road trip to Monterey County.  What possessed two women to drive 55 miles, over the Santa Cruz Mountains, and down highway 1 to Castroville?  Artichokes! This sleepy coastal town prides itself in growing the most … [Read more...]