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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Prep Time: 60 minutes<br>Start to Finish: 4 hours<p>Ingredients<p>2 packages regular active dry yeast<br>1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)<br>1/2 cup honey<br>1/4 …

Baking

Chicken Mole Poblano

Preheat oven to 325<br>Make the Mole first<p>Heat oil in tall-sided skillet<br>• Saute onions until soft (5 minutes)<br>• Add mole spice mix, nuts, and raisins and stir …

Recipes

Pomegranate Syrup

Happy New Years Day 2017! We had a a fair harvest of pomegranates this past year. For the Christmas Eve dinner party, we opened the last of the fruit …

Recipes

Cyclamen – Latinia Salmon

Family: Primulaceae<p>Genus: Cyclamen (SIGH-kla-men) (Info)<p>Species: purpurascens (pur-pur-ESS-kenz) (Info)<p>Synonym:Cyclamen europaeum<p>Synonym:Cyclamen …

Forestry

Globe Amaranth

Globe amaranth is a compact annual that typically grows 12-24” tall on upright branching stems. The true flowers are insignificant, tiny, white to …

Gardening

November 2016

November is the beginning of winter in our Sunnyvale garden.<p>Summer and fall flowers are putting on their last show. The hummingbird loves the red …

Flowers

Violetto Artichoke Plant

From the north of Italy, the artichoke of aristocrats. This choke has small oval slightly elongated head 3 inches wide by 5 inches long. …

Gardening

Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea spp.) adds bright spots of color to the garden in summer and fall. My mother has always had the tall yellow yarrow in her Almaden …

Gardening

Mums 2016

During the fall, the garden nurseries are full of mums of all varieties. I plant them in a variety of pots.

Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia, commonly called Mexican heather, is native from Mexico to Guatemala. It is a rounded, densely branched 1-2’ tall tropical …

Daylily

The scientific name for daylily is Hemerocallis. The word Hemerocallis is derived from two Greek words meaning “beauty” (callos) and “day” (hemera), …

Beauty

Spaghetti Squash

In 2016 we tried growing Spaghetti squash in our Sunnyvale garden. Because we grow almost everything in containers, we got a bush variety (Tivoli) …

Recipes

Pineapple 2016

In March 2016, on a whim, I bought a pineapple plant for my Sunnyvale garden. I know. I transplanted it to a larger pot but made the mistake of a too …

Gardening

Meet the new pot – Same as the old pot

This is a photo of a YUGE pot. It holds 66 gallons. For 15 years it held an apple tree but neither the tree nor the pot were satisfied: We rarely got …

Soil

Feijoa Habanero Salsa

Feijoa salsa is a great use of the fruit. The tropical aroma and taste of the fruits are complemented by the sweet red onion, the fruity habanero …

Recipes

Dehydrated Feijoa

It’s October in our Sunnyvale garden so the feijoa tree (aka pineapple guava) is dropping its fruit. I filled a 4 gallon bucket. The fresh fruit has …

Gardening

Pomegranate Harvest 2016

“The sweet fruition of an earthly crown” – Christopher Marlowe<p>Here it is mid-October and the first rains of winter are falling. The pomegranates …

Playwrights

Hatch Chiles

Okay, these chiles are not from my Sunnyvale garden, but I want to share…<p>The official New Mexico state question is “Red or Green?”.<p>The Hatch chile …

Recipes

Baked Tomato Sauce

<b>Directions</b><p>It is peak tomato season (late August). All of the planning and execution is for this. Looking at seed catalogs in the dead of winter. …

Recipes

Mission Figs – Fall 2016

In 2016, our Black Mission fig tree is having a bumper fall crop. Here is the first partial harvest. I am not sure the reason why.<p>About ten years ago …

Balsamic Vinegar

August 2016

This past month I was not doing much in the garden. I was remodeling the kitchen for over a week. Then I was on vacation in the Pacific Northwest for …

Gardening

July 2016

This past June was very hectic and I spent little time in the garden.<p>I have the drip irrigation working again in the backyard. Marie is very grateful …

Gardening

Mojo de Ajo – Roasted Garlic in olive oil

I love growing garlic and elephant garlic in my Sunnyvale garden. They are easy to plant; hardy to drought and frost; they produce beautiful flowers …

Recipes

Dehydrated Apricots

In 2016, after two weeks of watching squirrels and finches sample the fruit, we harvested 24 quarts of Royal Blenheim apricots from the two trees in …

Gardening

June 2016

There was lots of activity in our Sunnyvale garden this past May: Spring flowers were finishing their bloom;. Summer flowers were pumping out new …

Gardening

Kale – Nero Toscano

Cold-hardy and resilient, kale is an easy member of the cabbage family to grow. In Sunnyvale (USDA Zone 9) plant the seeds in November (right before …

Recipes

May 2016

The garden exploded in April with a full spread of colors. We had the full range of spring flowers and now the summer flowers have started.<p>In May I …

Gardening

Black Persian Dwarf Mulberry

This bush form of mulberry continuously produces sweet blackberry-like fruit throughout the season. A great choice for container gardening; minor …

Gardening

A Wed Wose – How Womantic

Purple Trumpet vine

The Purple Trumpet vine has really benefited from all of our El Nino winter rain in Sunnyvale. The trumpet vine flower is great for attracting …

Gardening