Blackberry Galette

Every summer when the fruit is ripe, we make galettes. A galette is a free-form pie shell.  It can be sweet from fruit or savory like a pizza. Our first galette for 2017 has 4 cups of blackberries and marionberries. Pie shell Ingredients 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick of unsalted butter, cut into cubes 1/4 ... Read More »

Steamed Artichokes

It’s June 1 and these are the last of our artichokes. We had two plants: a Roma and a Violetta (instead of the usual Green Globe). I harvested the first flowerhead of each plant in early May. These are the secondary heads. This has been an experiment. I tried a few times before. Each plant was in a medium container ... Read More »

Basil Garlic-Scape Pesto

I always grow lots of garlic and elephant garlic in our Sunnyvale Garden. During their growing season, all of them start to develop stalks (called scapes) with flower heads. If you want larger garlic heads, then cut off the scapes before the flower head blossoms. You can use the garlic-scapes as a mild version of garlic in many recipes. This ... Read More »

Spinach Rice Frittata

Whether you call this a frittata or a casserole, it is still delicious. There are also many types of substitutions you can make. You can use any kind of rice or cheese. You can substitute some ham or canadian bacon for some cheese. Preparation time about 30 minutes; Serves 12; About 275 calories per serving Ingredients 4 cups cooked rice ... Read More »


Whether you call them empanadas or turnovers or cornish pasties, these little pastries are delicious. You make the dough and add all types of fillings. Empanada Dough can be made quickly in the food processor to use immediately or store for later meals. You are going to love making your own empanadas with fresh ingredients. They are perfect when you ... Read More »

Potato Soup

I’m scratching my head trying to relate this potato soup recipe to our Sunnyvale garden. Maybe carrots. Yeah, carrots. It’s raining and cold and potato soup is comfort food. Read More »

Chicken Mole Poblano

This recipe has no ingredients from our Sunnyvale garden. But it does have a very tasty Mole Poblano Spice Blend from Oaktown Spice Shop that our daughter Shauna gave us for Christmas. Yield: 4 servings Prep: 50 minutes Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes Read More »