Pike Place Market in Seattle

My son and I were off again on college tours over Easter Break…Washington!  We had a great time visiting Seattle and were lucky enough to be there on two partially sunny days!  When in Seattle, and if you are a foodie like me, you must visit Pike Place Market, which is located right downtown on the … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]

The Artistry of Chef and Gardener at Wente Vineyards

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to take a day to ourselves and head to Livermore valley to go wine tasting.  It had been a long time since we had visited the Livermore valley and had heard about a few new wineries that we wanted to visit as well as a few old favorites.  We had called … [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...]

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...]

Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Aioli and Dill

Grilled artichokes  with Lemon Aioli and Dill 2 Jumbo Green Globe Artichokes juice of 1/2 lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil coarse sea salt Clean and wash the artichokes well.  Steam artichokes in a covered pot with 2 inches of water with lemon juice until when a fork is inserted it comes out … [Read more...]

Pasta with Baby Artichokes, Bacon, and Fava Beans

Pasta with Baby Artichokes, Bacon, and Fava Beans 1 lemon water 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 strips of bacon, cut into 3/4 inch pcs. 2 cloves of garlic, minced 16 baby artichokes, cleaned, tips cut off, cut in half salt 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup … [Read more...]