Cooking and Recipes

Three Secrets to Perfect Pesto


If you are a gardener and a cook, pesto is one of those things that you should know how to make. The combination of sweet basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil is classic. Like many great recipes, this one is basic and only takes a few minutes. And yet, it’s
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Smoky Bloody Marys

Smokey Bloody Marys

I don’t drink cocktails very often, so when I do, I want them to be special (I sound like the most interesting man in the world, don’t I)? I love to make cocktails from scratch, with fresh herbs and fruits and vegetables. Once you imbibe, you will, too! These Smoky Bloody Marys are
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Badass Mango Jalapeño Jam


Badass Mango Jalapeño Jam is  legendary around Cowlick Cottage Farm. People have been known to steal jars right out of the pantry. Can you imagine? Who would do such a thing? Mango Jalapeño Jam brings out the badass in some people. It all starts with perfectly ripe mangoes and
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Best Guacamole from the Garden


Guacamole is a food for gods and gardeners. With its origins from our neighbors in Mexico, it is simple to make–an everyday food. But it literally bursts with the flavors of the summer garden. I think the keys to great guacamole are using the freshest ingredients available, and using a molcajete and tejolete
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Farmers Market Meditation


I always feel rich when I leave the farmers market, do you? I went early this morning, for two reasons—one, because my daughter, who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, asked me to fix her some healing meals. That’s a serious request in this house. And two, because my
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Spring Means Fava Beans


Fava beans (Vicia faba), or broad beans, are an ancient Mediterranean crop and a member of the pea family. Planted by seed
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Comfort from the Winter Garden: Creamed Kale


This has been a strange winter weather-wise. While my family up north is buried from last night’s historic blizzard, the temperatures here will be in the 70s …
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Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Brown Sugar and Pomegranate


I am going out of town on a business trip. For the entire week. This causes a predictable pattern of behavior here on the homestead—every time I take wing and fly. I start …
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