Sometimes the universe sends just what you need before you realize you need it. Earlier this week, as my friend Amy was getting ready to head to the East Coast to visit her daughter, she offered me... groceries. Groceries. I wanted to say yes, but um, have you seen my fridge? It's still packed full … Continue reading Look Ma, No Hands: Cooking Without a Recipe
Ever have one of those days when you come home from work, and it's -- ugh -- too hot to cook dinner, and yet, you still want a satisfying, homemade meal? Sometimes you just gotta go with your cravings and make something on the fly! This was exactly what long-time 650 resident and avid gardener, … Continue reading 650 Cooks: Suzanne’s Tomato-Watermelon Salad
Time for the monthly progress report on my little edible garden! (Actually this post should have appeared last week, but the 4th of July holiday delayed things a bit.) We're about 9 weeks along at this point, for those of you playing the home game. Lots of sunshine and more than a few hot days … Continue reading Grow Local: How Does Your Garden Grow? — Part Deux
As we're heading into the last weekend of May, it's time for the first update on my attempt to grow food. After just about a month, my little garden is flourishing! To date everything I planted is thriving, and much to my surprise, the lettuce is overflowing the planting boxes. As a comparison, here's what … Continue reading Grow Local: How Does Your Garden Grow?
650Food is six months old today! If you've been following along, you know that I've been writing about food -- eating, cooking, buying, and growing -- in the 650, aka San Francisco's peninsula neighborhoods. A few weeks ago I wrote, admittedly with a smidge of garden envy, about neighborhood gardens. Well, today my garden envy … Continue reading Grow Local: In Which I Walk the Talk
Every summer my next-door neighbor, a retired widower, grows tomatoes along the white picket fence that separates our yards. Since his wife passed away several years ago, his grown daughters help with the gardening now. They tend to the roses and other plants along the fence, too, but it's the tomatoes that take center stage … Continue reading Over the Fence