The Accidental Locavore's Most Hated Vegetable. Is It Yours?

The Accidental Locavore is not a fan of beets. Let me be honest here...the Accidental Locavore despises beets!...more

Don't you think most canned vegetables with the possible exception of corn, are pretty foul? ...more

Recipe: Grilled Marinated Vegetables

Our review of fancy grilling gear this past week combined with the – finally – warmer weather got us in the mood to fire up the BarB. And I wanted to propose a super simple recipe for you. When I serve these marinated grilled vegetables, I invariably get “wows” and then get asked how I prepared them....more

Organic vs Not - Dollar Cost Averaging Approach

Of course if you can afford to buy organic produce, there is no downside....more

Meatless Mondays: Pasta with Walnuts and Vegetable Sauce from My Colombian Recipes

Erica from My Colombian Recipes says this dish of Pasta with Walnuts and Vegetable Sauce tastes like the brightest spring day, and I believe her. Plus this dish can be on table in just a few minutes. This is not a low-fat dish, but walnuts are ultra nutritious and there's a lot of vegetables in the sauce. You could use light cream cheese and half and half and even reduce the amount of butter if you wanted to reduce the calories and I'm sure it would still taste great! ...more

I was hoping people would like the looks of this, and I'm excited that so many people are ...more

How Does Your Garden Grow?-Aroma Cucina

How Does Your Garden Grow?-Aroma Cucina 'Tis orto season! This year we planted tonnage...what was I thinking? Should be a bountiful season if our garden mascot does her job properly. What's in your garden? ...more

Brussels Sprouts Fail brussels sprouts were an epic fail. Not that they didn't grow but that they only grew so much and then just....stopped. I knew it was risky business when I got the last two transplants at the nursery and the employee who found them for me reminded me that it was pretty late to be planting brussels sprouts but, "Hey, you can always eat the greens!" Eat the greens?...more

Chicken Pie

This is another one of those blogged-the-same-day-as-cooked posts, well almost… It’s midnight and apparently I’m a hundred years old and need sleep. I’ve been meaning to document this recipe for a while but it takes quite a while to make. It’s also another of my recipes (much like chicken ala king and trinchado) that my friends always ask me to make for them.Chicken Pie ...more

SpringTime is Garden Time

The transition time between the frigid, wet winter (yes, it gets cold and wet in Southern California too!) and the heat of the summer is, by far, my favorite time of the year. Growing up on the East Coast, spring came in spits and spats with the crocus bulbs blooming through patches of snow and the first robin spotted on the front lawn that looked like it had not seen the sun for months. But once the snow was completely gone and people braved the outdoors wearing only a t-shirt (even though it was still cool outside) you knew that spring had finally arrived in all its glory....more

It's Springtime: How do You Use Up Lettuce and Herbs?

When asking people about their weekly produce box, I heard from many of you who belong to Community Supported Agriculture Groups (CSAs). Y’all have reported that springtime is the most difficult because your farm share is flush with lettuce and herbs. So flush that your family starts looking like a bunch of rabbits and you spend all your time clearing every possible surface in preparation for drying out little leaves. (This is not just a problem for those in CSAs but also for all you over-eager gardeners out there.) I get it. I mean, how much lettuce and herbs can you really eat?  ...more

Somehow I have never become a gin fan, despite repeated samplings at my in-law's. But I ...more

Buttered Brussels Sprouts

I might have been the only kid who actually enjoyed eating brussels sprouts. My parents always made them this way, making the unfavorable veggie a favorite of mine. Cooking them like this makes them soft, mushy and flavorful. You can cut them in half with a fork and pair them with almost any fish, chicken or meat dish, like my broiled sea scallops. ...more

I love brussel sprouts and haven't had any in months! I think I need to add them to my easter ...more