Culinary Gardener Kathryn Agresto Shares Four Chef’s Vegetable Gardens

Uncategorized By May 1, 2012

I’m not a jealous person. But when I saw Chef Zov Karamardian’s home vegetable garden, I was overcome with envy. Just steps from her kitchen, cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs flourished, alongside a spectrum of lettuces and greens. Espalier fruit trees snuggled walls. Fully-bloomed artichokes showed off their stunning buds. (Photo above shows Zov sitting in her home vegetable garden.) Zov…

Blueberries, Fresh, Local and Scrumptious

Uncategorized By April 19, 2012

It’s a great time to bake up some blueberry treats; California bountiful blueberry season starts now and continues through June. Here’s one of the blueberry bushes in my front yard. So, how will I use them? Sweets need to be more than just sweet to interest my palate. There needs to be an interesting contrast in flavors, such as the…

Vegetarian Goes Gourmet: “Plenty” Gives It Glam

Uncategorized By March 22, 2012

I’ve never actually seen my heart, but I suspect that a big meaty lamb bone might be etched on its surface.  OK, that’s an exaggeration fueled by a carnivore’s cravings.  I grew up in a family that defined the meal by the menu’s meat. What’s for dinner? Lamb, beef, chicken, or pork. Occasionally fish. But what if a vegetarian dish…

Cookie Love, Gourmet’s Best

Uncategorized By February 10, 2012

Moist, chewy, luscious …. date bars are a little bit of heaven. Really. I know I’m sentimental. The day Condé Nast scrapped Gourmet magazine, I felt like a friend had died. The 68-year-old publication had been a part of my monthly routine for decades. Reading it opened my view of global cuisine, especially in the early years of my career….

Super Bowl Grub: Some Truffle Popcorn, Too

Uncategorized By January 27, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday is a day of indulgence. Food is the focal point for many party-goers, the game only an amusing backdrop. Trough-style is the only way to go. Put it out. Guests scoop or ladle up the goods. Easy peasy. For many, chili has become a traditional Super Bowl entree. Not only is it delectable, it can easily be…

Fig Love, Fresh From Nana’s Tree

Uncategorized By August 9, 2011

It’s a pity not everyone has a grandmother with a fig tree. More folks would be fig fans. One of my earliest food memories is of climbing those lush, low-slung branches and plucking Nana’s teardrop-shaped wonders. I’d zero in on the heavy ones that made the stems droop. The ones that looked like they were about to drop to the…

Cars and noodles, Japanese style

Uncategorized By December 8, 2010

My husband disagreed. I needed a new car and he didn’t like my choice. I’d driven a fancy-schmancy two-seat sports car for 13 years. But with the birth of a grandchild, it was time for something more practical. A car with a back seat, four doors and fuel efficiency. I wanted a Toyota Prius Hybrid. My husband, Phil, hated the…