Tahini chicken

Years ago I came up with a tahini sauce which I use on all sorts of things….chicken, steamed veggies, for dipping cheese slices, for dipping raw cut-up veggies, etc. It’s a great dip or a cooking sauce. One of my favorite ways to use it recently is poured over two chicken breasts with roasted red peppers (chopped up) and sliced green olives on top. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until the breasts are fully cooked. Before serving, top with goat cheese. You can also add nuts or mushrooms for a little variety, or anything else Continue Reading →

Garden soil amendments

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about gardening, and one of the more important things I’ve learned is about improving the soil in my garden. We live on a glacial river bed, so our soil is mostly rocks. For that reason, all of my garden beds are raised beds that have been created with soil that has been trucked in. My big flower bed isn’t raised, but we had the area dug out and then trucked in soil. The only problem with bringing in soil is that you don’t really know what you’re getting. What tends to be available Continue Reading →

You can’t beat fresh salsa!

I made a bunch of salsa last fall with my tomato crop and froze it in quart baggies, and I’m still enjoying it now in the dead of winter. It’s like a summer explosion on the taste buds when I thaw out a bag and dig in. I use a really simple recipe from my farmer friend Leon, who is an organic farmer in the valley who does CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) produce boxes every summer. That’s where you pay a certain amount of money up front and get a box of fresh produce every week. I used to get Continue Reading →

Dreaming of Spring

We’ve had 45 degree weather lately and everything is melting, so it got me to thinking about what I want to do with my big veggie garden this year. Last year was my best veggie garden ever, yet there’s room for improvement. This is my garden layout, which includes asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beans, onions and kale. I will probably plant some garlic and radish in between plants for pest control. Last year I did this same layout with the addition of basil and peppers next to the tomatoes. Those two plants didn’t do very well, and I think it Continue Reading →