Recipes

Borsczpacho

Cold soups from different parts of the globe come together in this wacky summer recipe, which involves very little cooking.  Serve cold or at room temperature. Cut 2-3 beets in quarters and boil or steam until tender.  Drain, rinse to … Continue reading

Tomato-Corn Thai Curry

Recipe:  Tomato-Corn Thai Curry Traditional red Thai curries get their color from chile paste.  This recipe uses tomatoes. Peel and thinly slice 1 onion.  Saute in 2 T. melted butter until soft. Dice tomatoes to make 2 C.  Add to … Continue reading

Roasted Green Bean Salad

Most bean salads have you parboil the beans first, for this one they are oven-roasted.  The biggest challenge with this recipe is not eating all the beans straight from the oven.  They are delicious that way, but taste even better … Continue reading

Sweet Corn Stir-fry with Soba noodles

Sweet Corn lends itself nicely to Asian flavors in this Succotash-goes-to-Shanghai recipe.  Soba nooodles are not gluten free, but have less gluten and carbs than wheat pasta.  You can also leave them out. Peel and dice 1 red onion.  Shuck … Continue reading

Tutorial: How to Grill Sweet Corn

Tutorial: How to Grill Sweet Corn Once you eat corn cooked this way, it’s pretty hard to go back to boiling it.  The ears steam inside their husks while picking up the smoky flavor of the charcoal. Light a fire … Continue reading

Roasted Green Bean and New Potato Salad

It’s been so hot up here that raw salads are the only thing I want to eat, but I know it’s been foggy and cold in the Bay Area and roasting some summer veggies might help warm up your house. … Continue reading

Grilled Apricots with Basil Goat Cheese

Grilled Apricots with Basil Goat Cheese This recipe was originally made with raw apricots, and that is an option.  But I particularly love cooking apricots and so I grilled them first.  It brings out their intensity of flavor and makes … Continue reading

Hummus with Fresh Peas

Recipe: Hummus with Fresh Peas Adding the peas to the hummus allows you to reduce the amount of oil while keeping it creamy.  And while hummus is usually made with raw garlic, this recipe roasts it first which mellows it … Continue reading

Kale-Squash-Snap Pea Stir Fry

You can season this recipe in a number of different ways but the trick is to cook the onions well, then add the kale and throw the squash and peas in right at the end.  The kale and onions are … Continue reading

Marinated Raw Beet Salad

I don’t usually do salad recipes two weeks in a row, but I’m guessing most people won’t feel like turning on the stove or oven tonight.  You can grate the beets for this recipe, but with the bulls-eye Chioggias in … Continue reading

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Flower Power

Tomatoes have one of the most delicate flowers imaginable.  Tiny and frail, it must withstand the elements for long enough to pollinate.  (Tomatoes do not require bees for pollination, although bumble bees do frequent the flowers)  Wind, either cold or … Continue reading

Agritourism vs. Pyrotourism

Most people who come to visit Winters, California, where Terra Firma is located, come for our cute rustic downtown area with its handful of wineries and eateries, often on their way to Lake Berryessa just to the west. But long … Continue reading