Thai Red Curry Cabbage Salad

Thai Red Curry Slaw

A few months ago I planted a half-bed of Farao cabbage, a new-to-me variety that has become my official favorite fresh eating cabbage. This pointy-headed cabbage has performed wonderfully for me on dense spacing, so I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve made basically one thing with it. That’s not to say the cabbage has gone to [Continue Reading…]

Spring Pea Soup with Coconut Milk

Pea Soup with Coconut Milk

I love early spring as a gardener, but I hate it as a chef. All the delicate flavors of spring we look forward to – the asparagus and rhubarb and tender greens – those crops tend to be ready for harvesting about 6 weeks after our tummies are ready to be eating them. Talk about [Continue Reading…]

Of Dead Heroes and Roast Chickens


Judy Rodgers died Monday. Unless you are a chef, or a follower of the food world, or live in San Francisco, this probably means nothing to you. Why should it? People die every day. If we mourned for every person we’ve never known we would be paralyzed. But Chef Rodger’s passing means something to me. [Continue Reading…]

DIY Mason Jar Stir-Fry Sauce

Stir Fry Sauce (1)

Stir-frying is a great technique when you have a little bit of a few things. Often as the garden is just ramping up, you don’t have quite enough of a single vegetable to get a good, solid feed without wiping out all of that vegetable. And then late August comes, and you have too much [Continue Reading…]

Ginger Breadcrumb Fried Cauliflower with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Ginger Breadcrumb Cauliflower with Spicy Dipping Sauce (11)

Like most everyone with a pulse, I love crispy, high-fat food. I also like a good honest hot oil burn on my forearm, so deep frying should be right up my alley. But because of the hot aerosolized fat that goes everywhere, the 7 or 8 bowls it usually takes and the cup or more [Continue Reading…]

Good From The Garden: Sugar Snap Peas with Herbs and Feta


I don’t want to brag, but because of that sowing peas in guttering technique I tried this year, we’ve been enjoying sugar snaps for about six weeks now. I have photographic proof that our first harvest was June 6th, and it’s been pretty well continuing since then.  I am almost relieved to say that the pea [Continue Reading…]

Creamy Spinach Puree

The garden has had a spinach ka-boom moment. I was waiting patiently for my spinach to size up, and now, oh boy, has it. But that’s not something to complain about, really. Spinach is tasty, quick to wash up, and always on those magazine lists of “Foods You Must Eat To Be Healthy.” When faced [Continue Reading…]

The Simplest Salad In The World


Salad days are here. My lettuce is responding to our cool drizzly weather by growing big and verdant and tender. Say what you will about a crappy, sunless spring; the lettuce loves it. Thanks to an over-eager over-seeding of lettuce back in February, I have a bed of lettuce to eat, and it all looks like this: [Continue Reading…]

Good From The Garden: Kale and Sweet Potato Salad


Kale is a hearty green. It is tough and fibrous and people think you have to cook it to make it palatable. But kale can be fabulous raw, in big-time cold weather salads that double as a meal. One of my favorite combinations is finely shredded raw Cavalo Nero kale with roasted sweet potato. Every few weeks through [Continue Reading…]