October 31, 2014

This is a delicious dish with a robust flavor that you'll prepare over and over again! I use chopped toasted pistachio nuts but you can also use toasted almonds. If you make a slit on each side of the bone before cooking, the meat will cook faster. Serve with your fav...

October 29, 2014

Nasturtium in the late afternoon light


Walking around our garden, no matter what time of year or the weather,there is always something blooming or pushing their way up through the soil. Nasturtiums are always present. Just when you pulled out or cut the last dried...

October 28, 2014

This is a brilliant film that is both fascinating, informative and sobering. A must see for anyone who cares about bees, the environment and our future!



October 27, 2014

Ready to eat! Cut it into 2 or 4 servings.


When you make this Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast or brunch treat, not only will you love eating it, but you will also impress anyone with whom you share it. It is very easy to make and oh so delicious. I usually serve it with s...

October 23, 2014

a bookplate from "Aunt Martha's Corner Cupboard" 1875.

Image is from reusableart.com

October 20, 2014

just purchased Sapphire Salvia/Sage plants in containers in our back yard


This is considered the best time to plant for the upcoming year because winter rains help keep the soil moist for young plants to develop a strong root system. So I'm being optimistic about the w...

October 19, 2014


One of my favorite places at the Berkeley Farmers Market is the Blue Heron Farms stand. Coming in from Watsonville, they sell beautiful produce such as gem lettuce, tender little broccolini, but I admit that my very favorite part is their flower section.



October 16, 2014

While walking around our garden that doesn't look its best now that summer is ending and most plants are losing their blooms, I looked up at the Solanum shrub and noticed a ball of twigs and grass. Could it be? Yes! It definitely is a bird nest about 8 feet up from the...

October 14, 2014

A delicious and easy way to bake your fish! The crust is very crunchy and light. I like to prepare salmon this way. This recipe is easily doubled.


For 2 servings:


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 cup of panko or whole wheat b...

October 11, 2014

Plant NOW favorite forage and nectar plants for bees before the winter rains!


Annie's Annuals & Perennials is like a wonderland of plants anytime of the year.

But now that it is really a good time to plant so that the winter rains will help your plants create a strong r...

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