Monthly Archives: July 2008

My Summer of Peaches: Blossom Bluff

I can’t get enough peaches this year. Don’t know what it is. Usually I mix it up. A few plums, some nectarines, and also peaches. But this year, the other fruits tend to sit in the bowl while the peaches disappear, so I’ve given in. I’ve got about a $15-$20 a week peach habit at [...]
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How to Clean Sardines and Eat as if you live in Spain

My recent post on cleaning squid became so popular, it was picked up by CBS-5 and, for the first time, people that don’t actually know me started reading my blog. I guess there’s a call for that sort of thing, so now we’re going to learn how to clean sardines. Those of you who know [...]
Posted in healthy, seafood | 6 Comments

Gardening Mishaps and Triumphs—Too bad we can’t live on sunflowers.

The first year gardening has been a mixture of successes and failures so far. It’s a good thing we don’t actually have to grow our own food (yet) because we’d certainly starve. It’s all a learning process and I don’t get too upset about it. Today we’re going to pull out some of our failures [...]
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Victory over Bureaucracy = Edible Civic Center Garden

It’s pretty amazing to witness the transformation from grass to edible landscape over at the Civic Center. They’ve torn out the lawn, carted it away, and designed these gorgeous circular beds. Saturday, July 11th was planting day and what a wonderful day! These plants are putting down roots in the same spot where the World [...]
Posted in community, food justice, food news, food sustainability | 1 Comment

An All American 4th of July: Sunbathing Cows, Potato Salad, Grilled Peaches, Warm Beaches, and $4.56/gallon gas

Headed up to Gualala for the 4th of July weekend with a bunch of friends. On the way there, we saw something I’d never seen: Cows sunbathing on the cliff right next to highway 1. There were lots of them and we saw them on the way home too. Drought related? Are they depressed about [...]
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Homemade Tortillas and Fish Tacos

Ever since I moved to the East Bay away from my beloved La Palma, I haven’t been able to find good tortillas. Read the labels at most grocery stores and you’ll find that tortillas contain all manner of unpleasant and unneeded (except for shelf life) ingredients. They should only contain three things: Corn, lime, and [...]
Posted in Latin American, breads and pizzas, healthy | 1 Comment
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