Phew, Lot’s of Grapes (and other fruit)!

Since I’m new at pruning, the wait between my hacking away (because that is what it feels like to me, instead of careful editing or culling) at our fruit trees and grape vines and the time they bear fruit is a little nerve wracking. I read books, watch videos and listen to experts. There have…

Plums in Abundance

We were blessed with a tree laden with plums this year. This is a first year that this tree has born fruit and it provided with wild abandon. I worry, when I prune, that I will prune too much and the tree will respond with a reticence to produce, but I’m learning this actually isn’t…

Sorrel and Scape Pesto

Here’s a fun pesto that is a seasonal favorite for summer solstice. It’s garlicky delicious without peeling any garlic! It uses the flower stem of the garlic called the scape (which we remove so that energy goes into growing a bigger, better bulb). The addition of sorrel brightens the taste with its lemony tang. Recipe:…

Ohhh, the season of strawberries!

  Gotta love strawberries! We’ve been eating them with yogurt and cereal and tonight we had a salad with strawberry dressing. We will definitely have it again! This is the dressing  we made, but because the strawberries were so fresh and sweet we skipped the sweetener. We had fresh greens, with toasted walnuts and local…

Beets!

First fresh beet salad of the season coming! Gently wilt beet greens. Slice fresh beet into matchsticks and top with fresh onion greens, toasted walnuts and a bit of goat cheese. Dress with mustard dressing … I made mine with pickled beet juice and artichoke jar leftovers plus some mustard … a little wild, but…

Asparagus Season!

For this dinner, we just drizzled the asparagus with olive oil and added garlic and orange zest and a splash of orange juice and then roasted at 425 degrees for just a few moments. Yum!!!! And another wonderful recipe here for soup! Asparagus Soup with Cashews