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This week has been all about the kitchen. With the cooler weather (highs in the 70's this week, absolutely lovely!), shorter days, and early sunsets, I've been in the mood for hearty fall foods, and have been devoting extra time to expanding my gluten-free baking skills. Here's some of what I've been up to: #1 [...]


Welcome to my first 5 things FRIDAY post.  This is one of several places to find out what's going on in the kitchen and the garden, and where I have been or will soon be going. I will be posting in this category frequently, but not necessarily every Friday.   #1 - Earlier today, I discovered the perfect [...]


Here's a great ready-in-a-jiffy recipe that's delicious hot or cold. I made these shrimp for dinner last night, with a delicious side dish of lemony rice tossed with sauteed greens (click here for yesterdays post and my Lemon Rice with Spinach & Chard recipe). Ray and I love seafood and shellfish, so we always have [...]

lemon rice with greens

It was over 90 degrees in Bakersfield today, so I wanted something quick and fresh for dinner after a long hot afternoon in the garden. Two Early Girl tomato seedlings were being crowded by some neon chard, so I picked a large bowl of chard to give the tomatoes room to grow. I also grabbed [...]

wine-braised lamb shank with pasta

It's the first week of March, and here in Bakersfield we are between seasons.  The cold of winter is already a month behind us, our garden is overflowing with salad greens of all sizes shapes and colors, and we've had a handful of days in the past 3 weeks with temps over 70 degrees.  It [...]