I have bulbs that seemingly pop up out of nowhere every year in my yard. It's an amazing feat actually, as I do absolutely nothing to care for them.
There's no shortage of kale in winter months! Here's a great kale soup recipe that's fast & tasty!
It looks like the succulent craze isn't slowing down. If anything, succulent artistry is getting more detailed and fun varietals are finally getting the spotlight. When creating succulent landscapes or small succulent gardens, a mixture of colors and textures help elevate the design. My favorite hardy and versatile succulent right now is a ground cover called Sedum and there are a TON of varieties! Sedum is also known as stonecrops, as they favor harsh low water environments and often grow on or around rocks. Any plant that is hard to kill is the perfect plant for me.
Green tomatoes are tomatoes that haven't ripened fully yet, and they are delicious. Typically when picking green tomatoes off the vine, I look for ones that have a slight give. I want it to be green and firm, but not hard. Everyone has heard of fried green tomatoes (which are fab), but green tomato pie is a tasty alternative. You can make this pie with red, ripened tomatoes, but the green ones just hold up better in the layers instead of turning into essentially tomato mush.
I was asked to bring a savory appetizer to a party tonight, and being short on time, this was the coolest & easiest appy that I could make! I raided a friend's rosemary bush, and after washing the sprigs, I arranged a tight wreath shape on a round flat platter. I tried to put as much rosemary in the center as well giving me more room for olive & pickle placement.
When I was a young child, we would visit my Grandparents in Florida over the holidays. They told me the story of Marvin the Mouse, a gift bearing rodent, that would come bearing a gift each night for the 12 days before Christmas. This tradition was in lieu of doing stockings on Christmas morning, which scared me. Was Santa freaked out by mice?
Making black pepper cheese pine cones for a party today!
A day of foodie trick-or-treating was greatly enjoyed at the annual San Diego Bay Food + Wine event. Although it was tough to pick favorites, here are some of my picks for local San Diego Restaurants who really brought out thoughtful, beautiful and delicious bites to share with the community. Four of my picks are actually restaurants within a hotel! They also did a good job of serving the food at the correct temperature and kept pace with the flow of traffic. This is often a daunting task at big events. Some chefs will 'bite off more than they can chew' by creating difficult samples with many steps, and can't get out the tastes fast enough. Or, some put out too many samples at once and food that should be served chilled ends up warm, or hot food ends up cold. The restaurants below did a great job in the whole presentation for service and explanation of food. Congrats to these stand-outs for doing a great job!