Sauerkraut and jicama salad

Fermented foods are the big thing these days. Everyone’s making live-culture pickles, or homemade kimchi, or sauerkraut. But not me, because I don’t like them. Too sour, salty, funky. Not my thing. But I’m on antibiotics. They’re killing the bad bacteria that are causing an infection, but they’re also killing off the hundred trillion or so […]

Of cabbages and kids

“WHAT?!” I have been telling Everett about all the vegetables that are related to cabbages, and he is responding with the kind of shrill disbelief usually seen only on infomercials and those TV shows where they reveal the results of paternity tests in front of live audiences. “Did you know that brussels sprouts are cousins to cabbages?” […]

September challenge: eat 25 different plants each week

Happy almost-September! Hooray for back-to-school and all that. Here at Plant & Plate headquarters (that would be my kitchen), we’re doing a new challenge. No, not another month without sugar. (Although cutting down on sugar is one of the best things you can do for your health, I found that going cold turkey for a whole month […]

Gazpacho ice cream

Most of us have owned one of these ice cream makers at one point or another. In fact, it’s possible that we’ve all owned the same ice cream maker, since no one ever seems to use it more than a few times before unloading it for a few bucks at a garage sale. Which is a shame, because they’re […]

Peach cobbler — Kids Cook Monday

I should know better than to drive to the farmer’s market. When I walk, I’m limited by the amount that I can carry. It turns out that I can carry about as much fruit and fresh produce as two people and our visitors can eat before the next farmer’s market, so it works out. But this week […]

A visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The other day, I bought a peach. When I brought it home and cut it in half, I found… The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It’s okay. He didn’t eat very much. We trimmed away the part he nibbled. There was plenty left for everyone! I try not to freak out when I find a critter in my produce. More importantly, I […]