Flame-Grilled Southwestern Spicy Cheese Burgers

Flame-Grilled Southwestern Spicy Cheese Burgers

Summertime burgers… what could possibly be better? How about summertime burgers with green chilis, coriander, smoked paprika and garlic? Growing up, all things meat were my dad’s specialty. Like countless proud patriarchs before him, he masterfully wielded his spatula, flipping burgers, turning hotdogs and slinging steaks over the coals he nursed to white-hot perfection. We … Continue reading

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Pea Shoots Red Potato Sprout Broccoli Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

This year I plan to grow my garden in three phases: early spring, hot weather, early-late fall. Last week my very handy partner and I tilled the garden plot and planted rows of red potatoes, peas, green beans, lima beans, spinach, garlic, leeks, romaine lettuce, blue-green broccoli, carrots, beets and radishes. Last year I built … Continue reading

Butterfly and Lilac Tulips Jet's aglow

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring has arrived here in Southern California. The air is fragrant with blossoms and everywhere there’s a constant low hum from the buzzing honey bees hard at work. Mavis, one of my hens, has gone broody, and I expect a few more will puff up and start making the constant low clucking sounds that signal … Continue reading

Easter Ribeye Roast

Easter Ribeye Roast

Happy Easter everybody. I love holidays for many reasons, but I especially love holidays that come with the expectation of a delicious roast dinner. This year I decided to try out a ribeye roast. Ribeye steak is one of my favorites, second only to T-bone. The succulent fat keeps the meat moist during cooking, and … Continue reading

Joshua Tree and Barbed Wire

Joshua Tree and Barbed Wire

Joshua Trees are a type of yucca plant native to the Southwestern US, but found mainly in my native Mojave Desert. I think they’re one the most dramatic parts of our landscape. Here is a particularly beautiful tree with some ancient barbed wire from long-ago ranching days, and my partner, Michael.

Snowy Strawberries and Lavender The Last of This Season's Pears + Snowflakes Some Puppies Were Not Built For Snow

Let It Snow…

… Or as we say in Southern California, “What is that white stuff falling from the sky?!” We had a bit of Christmas snow this year. A bit as in 10 minutes of pretty large flakes. It was a Christmas miracle! This very well could be our only brush with snow this winter, so I … Continue reading