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

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

I made this a few weeks back but have been too busy to post it.  I realized I better get it up before summer is officially over and we won’t be able to find delicious ripe peaches any more! Originally I made this recipe many years ago with my friend and web designer, Jacob.  We made it because I bought him the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Dessert Book for his birthday a few years earlier, plus I had just started working at the farmers’... Read More

Peach Caprese

While I love tomatoes, I’ve become spoiled by working for organic tomato farmers the past two summers.  Their tomatoes have the most amazing smooth and velvety texture with these incredibly unique flavors in each variety.  Most of them are heirlooms and I’ve learned those suckers absolutely will not grow outside of their very specific season (roughly May to mid-August).  If you find tomatoes at the farmers’ market other times... Read More

Spring Fruit and Rosemary Oat Cobbler – On The Grill

Happy Memorial Day!  This recipe would be perfect if you’re celebrating today around the barbecue. After the winter, which is the season of lots and lots…and lots of oranges (maybe a few apples or pears) even once the weather warms up it takes a while for the good fruit to start coming back.  But when it does, the cherries and peaches can bring seriously tears to my eyes.  Even the first ones of the season are sweet and juicy and smile-inducing.... Read More

Mixed Stone Fruit Salsa

We are at the very peak of stone fruit season.  Apricots have been around for a while, peaches are just now getting good, and cherries are the sweetest they can be right this very second!  For these few weeks of the year we can see nectarines, pluots, and apriums next to white, yellow and doughnut peaches, alongside baskets of red and rainier cherries.  So I gather them all up while I can! I often think of baking them into tarts, pies or cakes,... 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

review: silver lake farmers’ market

i cannot think of any better activity on saturday morning than to hop on my bike and ride over to the silver lake farmers’ market. it’s on the smaller, cozier side, but packed full of anything you would need. Read More  Read More