2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re trying to eat organic then you may be surprised to know you don’t always have to. Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides and publish their findings in two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest levels.) Getting familiar with the Clean Fifteen can help us all to save a few dollars... Read More

When to buy organic? Know your Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

For those of you who try to eat organic as much as possible, would you be surprised if I said you don’t always have to? Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides.  They publish their findings in a Shopper’s Guide as well as boiling them down to two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest... Read More

chamomile lemonade

have you ever come across fresh chamomile at the farmers’ market?  i love loose chamomile tea but the fresh stuff is even better, just like how fresh mint tea is so much better than the dried version. i found bunches of fresh chamomile at a stand in the hollywood farmers’ market, but with this warm weather i don’t feel like brewing hot tea.  and since i’ve been obsessed with different flavors of lemonade, i instantly thought... Read More

in season: english peas, green garlic, spring onions, stone fruit and summer squash!

i’m so sorry i’ve been away from the blog for so long.  after a very merry birthday, a bout of illness and some technical difficulties, cooking has been the last thing on my mind for the past few weeks.  it didn’t help that the produce at the market for the last few months has been dominated by dark leafy greens, root vegetables and oranges – lots and lots of oranges.  i had lost total interest in cooking, let alone posting. but... Read More

The Natural Goodness of Ginger

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in chinese medicine to treat stomach disorders like persistent nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, loss of appetite or anorexia.  But it also treats mild lung disorders, like upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis or a simple cold and cough. It is anti-bacterial, which explains why ginger is always served with sushi – to battle the bacteria in the raw fish.  Because of its warm nature... Read More

10 Tips for Enjoying Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato season is coming to an end, but there are still a few weeks left to enjoy all of the sweet, tangy, fresh and juicy varieties of seasonal heirloom tomatoes.  You can find the freshest picks and most varieties at your local farmers’ markets.  Since I happen to sell tomatoes at a few farmers’ markets, I’m offering up these 10 tips for successfully choosing, moving, storing and serving those unique and delicate veggies.  Hope... Read More

pluot crumble

if you don’t know what a pluot is, you’re not alone. i had no idea either until my wonderful friend laura fed me a slice and told me she sold them at the silverlake farmers’ market. they are half plum, half apricot. sweet like a plum but you don’t have to wait until they get mushy to eat them. my saturday morning routine now usually consists of me picking up a few from her stand to snack on for a few days, but i got inspired... Read More