How to Love Lavender

In today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I talk about the importance of pairing lavender with something sweet--a bit of sugar or honey, even a splash of balsamic vinegar--so that its slightly resinous flavor doesn't remind us of soap. This is the crucial element when it comes to using [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Tierra Vegetables

Although you wouldn’t realize it by looking at the wooden boxes and bins filled with colorful chiles, cucumbers and eggplant, Tierra Vegetables hasn’t yet hit its 2012 stride. The peak of its harvest is still about three weeks away. “This is due to colder than normal night temperatures about a [...]

By | September 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

Update: Polenta, as promised

When you prepare polenta in a slow cooker, flavors and textures blossom deliciously. Here's a link to the technique from the Seasonal Pantry archives.

By | August 29th, 2012|4 Comments

Dress Your Turkey in Something New: Polenta

Looking for something a bit different for Thanksgiving dinner? Try one of Seasonal Pantry's nontraditional dressings. The first of three posts.

By | November 22nd, 2011|3 Comments

Update: Park Closures

The beautiful and historic Bale Grist Mill is among those parks on a list of planned closures. Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is a good source for updates about the situation.

By | May 17th, 2011|11 Comments

What’s that odd looking root?

Salsify is a delicious root vegetable that has been enjoying something of a renaissance. Never cooked it? Here are some delicious and easy recipes.

By | January 19th, 2011|0 Comments

A Delicious & Easy Way To Entertain

When you prepare polenta is a slow-cooker, it stays creamy for hours, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your guests. It's a perfect way to entertain on, say, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Polenta has the added attraction of being very inexpensive. Look for Golden Pheasant brand or Guisto's Organic Polenta.

By | December 28th, 2010|7 Comments

Time to dust off your slow cooker

Slow cookers are perfect for the comfort foods we enjoy in cold weather. Here are four easy and delicious recipes, including the hugely popular Polenta in a Slow Cooker.

By | November 30th, 2010|5 Comments

Taming the zucchini monster: Update

Luckily for gardeners and cooks alike, zucchini is as easy to cook as it is easy to grow. Cook your way through these recipes, from the Seasonal Pantry archives, and you'll have tamed the zucchini monster.

By | October 6th, 2010|6 Comments

Joe Matos St. George Cheese at a great price

If you've seen St. George cheese in your local market for $15.95. $16.95 or $19.95 a pound, three prices I've seen lately, here's a hot little tip. If you buy it at the farm, it's $7 a pound, no matter what amount you purchase. You can buy a wedge, a [...]

By | August 12th, 2010|4 Comments