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Blech! Pretty sure I picked a bunch of my eggplants too late. It’s hard to tell with these. I’ve been growing Listada de Gandia, and mine didn’t quite turn out as advertised. More white, smaller eggplants. Thought I picked them in time, but noooope. It’s pretty bad when the taste […]

Bad Eggplant


This little bit of introspection is brought to you by the fact that I’m reading an Indian slow-cooker cookbook, and feeling a little sad. I love Indian food. I really do. It’s one of my favorite cuisines, and it’s difficult for us to go out and get it, because restaurant […]

Thinking about what I cook



This is so simple, and a great basis for healthy comfort food after way, way too much holiday fare. Holiday Leftovers Ramen Stock 1 large ham bone, some meat attached 1 chicken carcass, some meat attached, or 2 chicken legs and 2 chicken thighs 1 small onion, quartered, no need […]

Holiday Leftovers Ramen Stock





Apologies for being gone so long. We’ve been in the process of moving, and it’s been taking about as long as it’s been since my last post. We are currently in an apartment, waiting for our new house to be released from the banks. It will be a glorious house […]

Rant rant rant



Every year, Balboa Park hosts a terrific holiday event. December Nights is the first Friday and Saturday of December, from 5-9pm. All of the Balboa Park museums are open and free. There's music at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and elsewhere throughout the park. There are vendors of all types. The Spanish Village has all kinds of art for sale. It's really cool. My favorite part has always been the International Houses, though.

December Nights



Thanks to To Market, To Market with San Diego Foodstuff, I recently found out about Olivewood Gardens, a fantastic non-profit down in National City, California. Their website’s still under construction — pardon the dust! You can also track them on Facebook. It sounded like a fabulous opportunity to work in […]

Volunteering: Olivewood Gardens