Baby Shower Lunch: Menu Plan

White Bean and Tuna Salad

Homemade pickles Last weekend, I was honored to host a baby shower for a good friend, Dena. It was over 90F outside, but we managed to have a lovely lunch in the garden. The actual party was not a problem, but I found myself very worried about the games. Fortunately, Dena absolved me of this

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Grow Your Own: Grilled Artichokes

Last September, we overhauled the front yard and planted lots of food-type items. Blueberries, Fuyu persimmons, Blenheim apricots, rhubarb, herbs and more. Many times, I thought about taking a photo or two, but alas, it never happened. Fortunately, all the plants have overwintered well and spring is bringing up all sorts of treasures. One of

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Spring dinner party (recipes)

Recently, we hosted a dinner party and served a lovely (IMHO) variety of spring foods, including spring lamb stew with baby artichokes, Bibb lettuce and parsley salad with anchovy dressing, both after a white bean and sautéed greens crostini appetizer. For dessert, I served a tray of local cheeses including a very ripe Mt. Tam

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Menu Plan Monday: Spring at the farmer’s market

My trip this Sunday to the Farmer’s Market was awesome! Spring has definitely sprung and the variety was overwhelming. Every available stall was filled with a farmer, and I enjoyed just walking through and visiting with some of my favorites. Here is what I found: From Coke Farm, organic broccoli rabe and celery root. Organic

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Menu Plan Monday: Spring is so close!

This weekend’s Farmer’s Market was fabulous! At my favorite greens stand, I picked up a bag of baby beet greens and a pound of purple potatoes. At another organic stall, I found some fresh asparagus. And just next to that, baby artichokes from Castroville, the home of Artichokes! Here is my menu plan for the

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