• Food

    The Best Salsa Macha!

    Let’s be honest I have a salsa for every occasion but this salsa macha doubles as a daily condiment that is always within reach in my kitchen. In fact I’ve shared MANY jars of this sauce with friends and family. It’s that good! This is an oil based sauce that imparts incredible smokey, nutty and savory flavor. With a blend of dried chilies ranging from mild to spicy. This salsa offers more than a kick of heat; it’s a flavor explosion. Keep reading to find out my secret ingredient (*hint it takes 9 months to grow!) Essential in this salsa…

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    Squash blossom quesadillas

    Did you know squash blossoms are completely edible? Yes, these beautiful bright yellow squash flowers (flor de calabaza) are considered a delicacy! They are tender delicate and have a very mild taste with a hint of sweetness. Let’s step into a very traditional way of enjoying squash blossoms. Its a simple dish that that is packed with flavor in every bite and lets face it if you’re like me quesadillas are ALWAYS a good idea. To fit the occasion these quesadillas are made with purple corn masa-although ready made tortillas will work just fine if short on time. These squash…

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    Blueberry Coconut Flan

    This blueberry coconut flan is the dessert combo you didn’t know you needed! Traditional Mexican flan is getting a delicious berry spin! This blueberry and coconut flan is delightfully smooth and rich. With just the right balance of creamy coconut flavor and sweet bursting goodness from bright California Grown blueberries. This is one show stopping dessert nestled under a golden caramel layer. Sweet, fresh & creamy this dessert has it all and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Pssst… it’s also simple to make! Flan was actually one of the first desserts I learned how to make from scratch,…

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    Homemade rosemary salt

    Homemade rosemary salt is what ignited my love for this herb AND focaccia bread- let me explain! Rosemary has been on the backburner of my garden so to speak. She was there but not being appreciated for her full potential. Until one evening I randomly decided I wanted to learn how to make focaccia bread. The recipe called for yup you guessed it rosemary! Out of the oven came the most delicious focaccia bread I have ever tried. It was perfection the combination of olive oil, crunchy but fluffy bread, garlic, salt and rosemary.. it was a flavor explosion! That…

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    Homemade chamoy

    This all natural Mexican chamoy brings a flavor explosion to your taste buds. You wouldn’t believe its made from a base of all things good for you, like deliciously plump California prunes and other dried fruits. This chamoy hits all the right notes sweet, tart, salty and a little heat. It’s a fabulous pairing drizzled over fresh cut fruit or even to rim cocktails, micheladas and the ever so famous mangonada. If you’ve never experienced this popular Mexican sauce you are in for a real treat plus it’s easy to make right at home! What exactly is chamoy sauce? Chamoy…

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    Calabaza en dulce (Sweet squash)

    A giant pot of calabaza en dulce (sweet squash) slowly simmered away on my Abuelitas stove. The house was bursting with sweet aroma. Delightful notes of cinnamon and piloncillo that marked the beginning of fall for us. Warm calabaza that had been enriched with just the right amount of piloncillo was served warm off the stove in a bowl bathed with milk. It was fall in a bowl and I always needed seconds. Calabaza en dulce ( Sweet squash) is also known as calabaza en tacha. It seems like every region in Mexico and even from family to family have…

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    Paletas de pepino limon (Cucumber lime popsicles)

    Paletas de pepino limon (cucumber lime popsicles) are a Mexican summer treat! They are such a refreshing bite and all though summer is winding down my Armenian cucumber plants are not slowing down. We are soaking every bit of sunshine with these paletas de pepino limon in hand before the summer ends. This is one way to use up all the surplus of cucumbers that the garden is throwing my way that the whole family enjoys. Armenian cucumbers are my staple cucumber to grow they are heat tolerant and extremely prolific. In another post I will go into detail on…

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    Street corn zucchini boats

    Over run with summer squash? Let’s make these delicious street corn zucchini boats! I know at this point of the summer you’re probably sick of zucchini. Before you run to give away all those zucchini hear me out, all we need is more flavor! No bland zucchini recipes around here, no ma’am. This simple recipe uses corn and zucchini some of the highlight crops of the summer who’s flavors just work wonderfully together! Summer squash is such a versatile vegetable it takes on what ever flavor profile you dress it up with! In this case it will be the perfect…

  • Garden

    Growing fava beans in the garden

    Growing fava beans in the garden means abundant food but did you know that fava plants can enhance the health of your soil? Fava beans are often used as a cover crop by farmers and gardeners to boost the nitrogen and condition the soil in agriculture! This versatile legume is more than a delicious addition to the kitchen menu. Keep reading to learn how to reap the benefits of the fava bean in the garden and in the kitchen. Fava beans also known as broad beans that have been dated back to 11,000 years ago! With early cultivation in Israel…

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    Lemon verbena iced tea

    One of the signature scents of summer has to be lemon verbena. I honestly think this is what sunshine smells like! Its lemony citrusy scent is energizing and invigorating. There is nothing quite like a giant cup of this cold refreshing lemon verbena iced tea after a long work day in the garden. Lemon verbena is a also packed with many health benefits which are honestly a bonus! Lemon verbena aids in digestion, stress reduction, decongestant, reduces bloating and is packed with antioxidants! There are so many other benefits it’s the kind of thing I want in my belly! This…