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Olive-Anchovy-Capers Tapenade

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The photo does not do justify to this olive-anchovy-capers tapenade. I used Mission olives that I harvested from my folk’s backyard and then cured at home.The olives were still tasty and not deadly. From seriouseats.com: Tapenade is named after capers, called tapeno in Provençal, a remnant of the fact that they once shared equal status with the olives. Truth is, ... Read More »

Dried Hachiya Persimmons

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During our Thanksgiving dinner at Shauna’s home, Linda and Brad mentioned that they had a lot of persimmons. I joked that they would ring our doorbell and leave a box of fruit. Linda corrected me: She wouldn’t ring the doorbell. They left us a box with 36 large Hachiya persimmons. Dehydrating persimmons is simple. Wash the fruit. Core the top ... Read More »

Panache Fig

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In spring 2016 my brother Adam came up from southern California with a 30-inch tall Panache Fig tree from his garden that he transplanted into a 10-gallon pot. The Panache Fig (aka Tiger Fig) has a yellow and green-striped skin with a strawberry-colored flesh. Unlike our Black Mission Fig, the Panache Fig does not have a spring crop. Because it ... Read More »

This Sunnyvale Garden – October 2017

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We were busy during October so there are few photos of the Sunnyvale garden during the month. The fall flowers of Mums, Rudbeckia, and Candy Corn were a bright note. The Cordyline provides a pretty red foliage year round. The last of the chile peppers were harvested. I also harvested the last of the tomatoes (all unripe) and made a ... Read More »

This Sunnyvale Garden – September 2017

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September in our Sunnyvale garden is all about harvest. I planted an heirloom watermelon “Moon and the Stars” late in the spring. I love that the “Moon and the Stars” pattern is in the leaves.         At harvest time, the melon had grown over the pot to the ground about six feet away and got to about ... Read More »

Harvest Relish

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It is almost Halloween in our Sunnyvale garden. The tomato, pepper and cucumber plants are just going through the motions: The tomato plant has a few flowers but there are no pollinators. The green fruit is still green. The peppers are ever so slowly turning red. The night-time lows are more often below 50 degrees than above. And it rained ... Read More »

Rice Frittata

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I’m getting pretty good with these frittatas. This rice frittata uses eggs, milk, cheese, and rice with some tomato, green sauce, and spices. Each serving has the equivalent of 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cheese. The dish tastes good hot from the oven or cool from the refrigerator. Serves: 4 Time to prepare: 15 minutes Time ... Read More »

Scarlet Runner Beans

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Another first for 2017: Scarlet Runner Beans. Normally I plant all beans in the early spring. But this year I found a packet of beans in June. So I planted them with the daphnes, that way both could climb the tower trellis. The beans grew in the shade of the apricot tree. The flowers were pretty during July. Then one ... Read More »

Hatch Chile Green Sauce

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There are two constants in New Mexico cuisine. The first is unspoken: you get a sopapilla with every meal. The second is a question: green or red? Unlike California, with its various salsas and hot sauces, New Mexico uses green sauce and red sauce, both from the Hatch Chile. I mean it: There is no bottles of hot sauce on ... Read More »

This Sunnyvale Garden – August 2017

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August is always the easiest month in our Sunnyvale garden. While your attention is on lots of other things, the garden continues to grow. Our garden has dozens of plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Here, a carpenter bee is enjoying a flower on one of the Butterfly bushes. Native to North America, gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) is a gorgeous, low-maintenance ... Read More »