Dirt to Table Experiences: Baked Turkey Chiles Rellenos

This time of year our garden is an untamed jungle.  Heat and humidity have taken their toll on our summer vegetables, and the weed Gods have blessed the foot high grasses, and welcomed the natural pests of the vegetable garden.  As we hack our way through the garden standing tall and proud are the poblano … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experiences: Baked Turkey Chiles Rellenos

Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Did you know that the Moroccans brought carrot salad to Israel in the 1940's?   This dish became so popular that it is now a common dish served in Israel to celebrate the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. This salad is served to symbolize a sweet and fruitful year to come.A blend of oil, lemon juice, … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Discovering the Virtues of Squash: Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

"Simplify Velva!"  It is the story of my life.   It is my main challenge, it is what I strive for, and I remind myself everyday to slow down, I am moving too fast, take a breath. I find that I am most successful at keeping things simple is in the kitchen.  This is the … Continue reading Discovering the Virtues of Squash: Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Dirt to Table Experience: Carrot-Orange Soup

People are often surprised that we grow carrots-not sure why.  Folks may envision carrots being difficult to grow or just not on the sphere of their garden reality. The fact is we grow a lot of carrots. This past season we sowed close to 2000 seeds, that does not necessarily equate to 2000 carrots, but … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Carrot-Orange Soup

The Art of Salad: Fennel Slaw with Grapefruit, Cracked Pepper, and Pistachios

There are a million creative and innovative ways to prepare fennel.  It can be grilled, roasted, braised, sautéed, added to soups and stews, and still my favorite way is to use fennel in salads.   The crisp crunch of raw fennel with a very subtle anise flavor is beautiful and provides a worthy foundation for an … Continue reading The Art of Salad: Fennel Slaw with Grapefruit, Cracked Pepper, and Pistachios

Learning to Preserve: Meyer Lemon Jelly with Vanilla

I have just a few short weeks to harvest, preserve and enjoy my Meyer lemons.This season I am sharing more of the bounty with friends and experimenting with new ideas.  First out of the gate is a Meyer lemon jelly with a hint of vanilla.  This a wonderful out of the ordinary jelly that would … Continue reading Learning to Preserve: Meyer Lemon Jelly with Vanilla

Learning to Preserve: Easy Spicy Habanero Mint Jelly

The summer garden has come to an end.   The abundance of hot peppers is winding down too.  The peppers will continue to produce (albeit at a slower rate) until the first frost in December.  However,  I am finished for the season trying to preserve peppers, and this jelly was a nice end to a … Continue reading Learning to Preserve: Easy Spicy Habanero Mint Jelly

Learning To Preserve: Mango Chutney

Mango trees growing-up were abundant throughout south Florida.  Neighborhoods were filled with backyard trees that were 35-40-feet tall.  In the summer branches were heavy with hundreds of ripe mangoes.  Companies would often scour the neighborhoods and offer to buy the fruit directly from the tree, and then would bring in equipment to shake the tree … Continue reading Learning To Preserve: Mango Chutney

Learning to Preserve: Jamaican Pickled Pepper Sauce

My friend brought me a jar of her homemade Jamaican pickled pepper sauce.   The timing was perfect.I was attempting for what seemed to be the hundredth time trying to learn how to prepare winter collard greens.  My last attempt included adding a bit of this pepper sauce to the pot of greens that were … Continue reading Learning to Preserve: Jamaican Pickled Pepper Sauce

Dirt to Table Experience: Fast Yellow Summer Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh Thyme

Quiche is an under appreciated dish that is simple to prepare with only a few ingredients.  Quiche provides combinations that are endless, depending on what you have on hand. You can dig through your leftovers in your refrigerator and pull together a quick meal that provides an excellent source of protein, and depending on how … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Fast Yellow Summer Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh Thyme