Did you know that you can make broth out of the tough shells of garden peas? Me neither. But Tamar Adler’s description in An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace filled my head with visions of verdant green broth with a taste like sweet spring peas. Also, the peas I’d planted in fall were finally […]
My very first asparagus stalk! Isn’t it beautiful?
On Wednesday, I came home with fourteen hops rhizomes, most just starting to send out shoots. Half are going into my backyard, the rest into the garden at the San Benito Brewing Co. In the absence of strong preference or reliable information about which varieties do well around here, I decided to use my typical […]
Ficoïde glaciale, or glacier lettuce (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) is salty. This is not something you expect from a crispy green vegetable that didn’t come out of the ocean. But bite into one of the thick leaves, and the tiny bubbles that cover its surface burst open and hit your tongue with brine. This threw me for a loop until […]
Hey, local homebrewers: Oak Barrel just got a shipment of hops rhizomes. Like, twenty minutes ago. If you’ve been thinking of growing your own, here’s your chance. So here’s my question to you: what varieties should I plant? My options are: Cascade Centennial Chinook Columbus Golding Northern Brewer Nugget Willamette For those wondering, rhizomes seem […]
I spent last week visiting family in Alaska, where the temperature is still subzero but it’s so beautiful you almost don’t mind, except for the constant concern about losing toes. We started in Anchorage, took the train to Fairbanks, and were treated to spectacular aurora borealis, caribou stew, and fresh-baked Alaska sourdough bread. In Alaska, […]