These creatures are so fascinating! My husband bought me a rue plant last spring. I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I started doing some research. I found out that it attracts black swallowtail butterflies and sure enough, by late June the plant was covered in little black caterpillars. They ate through almost … More Black Swallowtail Caterpillars
I came across frozen green garbanzo beans at the store recently and thought they would make for a nice twist on classic hummus. Green garbanzos have a decidedly greener flavor, kind of like green peas, which makes a brighter tasting hummus. I was also pretty generous with the parsley which added to the fresh green … More Green Hummus and My First Garlic!
I think my garden is prettiest in the late afternoon. Here’s what’s growing these days.
Lavender is in full bloom! The bees seem intoxicated by it and I have to admit that I have to pause and take a deep breath every time I catch its scent. I knew that I wanted to use it in this week’s Studio 26 treat and I found some great recipes online. I have … More Chocolate Mint and Lavender Iced Tea
It’s a lazy Monday, one of my last days off for a while. In anticipation of yet another rainy evening, I decided to put together a simple dinner while the sun is still out. Even better, I’m making use of some of our most abundant backyard herbs. Grilled Shrimp with Mint and Basil Serves 6 … More Grilled Shrimp with Mint and Basil
Last Saturday over lunch, my friend Michelle, a fellow cook at Integral Yoga Institute shared some of her thoughts about becoming a vegetarian and, eventually a vegan. She said something that, to me, really cuts to the essence of healthy eating in general: “A lot of people think of vegetarianism as giving something up… but I … More Some Wisdom and Some Tofu: Tofu with Cashew Sauce
We recently received a grocery bag full of carrots from our CSA. If nothing else, it was theperfect opportunity for a sweet indulgence that, when prepared well, has a lot of nutritional benefits: carrot cake! When it comes to carrot cake, I’m somewhat of a purist. Nothing ruins a good cake more than huge chunks of pineapple … More Whole Wheat Carrot Cake