New Year’s Day Excitement: Cleaning, Stacking, Purging

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What’s the most exciting thing to be doing on New Year’s Day? Cleaning up our kitchen and garage to prepare for 2018.  You see, it has been a headache to find the right pots and pans while cooking. We’ve also got so much clutter that our best stuff is hidden under junk. What did I rediscover today … Read more

Lattice Pie Success: 3 Tips

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Yesterday, I made a cherry pie for my friend’s dinner party. This is the first time that I made a lattice cover for a pie. It worked beautifully, and it was surprisingly easy.   I have to thank Stella Parks for her article, Decorative Crust 101, on Serious Eats that walked through step-by-step how to construct a … Read more

Why We Joined A Meat CSA

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On our trips to Los Angeles to visit Alex’s parents, we drive down the I-5 corridor. There’s always a stench near Coalinga. The smell used to not bother me much. When the smell approached from afar, I would quickly push the circulate air button and wrinkle my nose for 5 minutes. In the past year, … Read more

How to Plant Garlic In Pots

Alex's hands breaking garlic cloves apart

Three weeks ago, a brown paper bag sat on my desk, quietly waiting for me to open it. I was both excited and dreaded opening the bag. You see, I knew that opening that bag meant I would be opening Pandora’s box. “What if it’s a lot of work?” “What if I ruin it?” “What … Read more

Why Start A Community Garden

Overhead shot of our community garden plot with herbs, cauliflower, and lettuces. Stories from

Alex and I spent more than $300 dollars on broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, and other vegetables in the last 6 months, and we’ve yet to taste a bite.

No, we didn’t throw the food out.
Instead, this food is baby food. Not the mushy food you feed to a baby. I mean baby plants, seedlings, waiting to grow up into tall, beautiful bouquets of lettuces and cilantro.

Yep folks, we started a community garden.

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