Candied Walnuts for Salads

Looking for a little something special to top that green salad? Try these candied walnuts. I’ll be fixing up a spinach and pear salad and these sound like the perfect finishing touch.

Roast Garlic with Homegrown Garlic

I grow my own garlic and had the best harvest this year, due in part, I believe, to the lasagna gardening method I tried. Just a few week ago I used up the last of last year’s garlic so am now starting to cut the heads off the new braid hanging in the kitchen. Last […]


I got this recipe from an old copy of Fine Preserving which is annotated by MFK Fisher in the version I have. I tried this particular recipe because she declared it one of the best in the book. Although I’ve only tried a dozen or so of the recipes, I have to agree. It’s green […]

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween has progressed far beyond what it was when I was a kid. Back then, the costumes were mostly homemade. The pumpkins were mostly homegrown. And the carvings were definitely homegrown. No fancy templates. No fancy tools. We got a kitchen knife and scraped out the insides with a big kitchen spoon. Now, you seem […]

Easy Appetizer with Hearts of Palm

I love hearts of palm but about the only thing I’ve ever done with them is slice them and put them on green salads. I first ate them when I was about 15 and my parents and I went to El Salvador. We took a freighter from Vancouver (WA) down to Acajutla. The ship’s food […]