Padron Peppers – some hot, some not

Padrón peppers (Spanish: pimientos de Padrón) are a variety of peppers (Capsicum annuum) from the municipality of Padrón in the province of La Coruña, northwestern Spain.[1] These are small peppers (about 5 cm long), with a color ranging from bright green to yellowish green. Their peculiarity lies on the fact that, while their taste is usually mild,…

Pina Colada Zucchini Bread

Everyone who grows zucchini will eventually have one or two zucchini that are WAY too big to eat normally. It’s not your fault, the leaves grew up over it, the light was bad, you were on vacation, blah blah blah.  I had my first one of the season about two weeks in this year.  Oops!…

Crocodile Chips (aka.: Refrigerator Pickles)

I was never a huge pickle fan until I ran across this recipe years ago in New York.  I was working at a restaurant called Bubby’s Pie Company, and they threw these “quick pickles” together in the summertime to go with their brioche cheeseburgers.  They are sweet, crunchy, spicy and tangy.  It’s great when you…

Laundry can be fun!

Okay, maybe laundry can’t ever be FUN, but it can be MORE fun if you let it be.  A few creative additions to your laundry area can create a space that makes you want to be there.  A couple simple organization tips and some really good cleaning products don’t hurt anything either. This is my…

Mac & Cheese #3

I make five kinds of mac & cheese.  I number them according to the order I learned how to make them.  No one really knows the logic, but my husband always asks, “Are you making #3??”  It’s his favorite, and if pressed, I’d say it is mine, too.  This is the mac & cheese you…

Wilson Tulip Farm

My family owned a 40 acre farm at the corner of 170th and Baseline in Beaverton, Oregon for almost 90 years. In that time we sold everything from turkeys to corn to tulips. Three generations of our family grew up there chasing pheasants, raising animals and shelling peas. Our people were born and have died…

Time to order seeds!

If you have ever spent a cold February afternoon pouring over a newly arrived seed catalog… you probably don’t need to read this post 😉  If you have been looking at your yard and refrigerator the past few weeks and thinking, “You know, I’d like to pick a fresh tomato from my own yard this…