Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream

It’s over 100 degrees outside, and I’m in a foul mood. Things I want to do include: 1. Sit in the fridge (it’s too full) 2. Sit in the freezer (it’s too small) 3. Cry in frustration (I can’t afford to waste the water or electrolytes) 4. Eat cold things. This, I can do something … Continue reading

Check yo’self

I was trying to think of all kinds of cool slang puns to do with fools. Like ‘check yo’self fool’ and ‘what’s happening fool’ and ‘whatchoo talkin’ about fool’. And then I remembered one day when I was hanging out with my brother and all his friends, and one of them said “that’s dope”, and … Continue reading

Elder. Immune booster. Somewhere near you.

It’s no wonder that the elder is a plant steeped in mythology. Just looking at the big bushes, with their clouds of tiny white flowers dancing in the wind, or with the clusters of blue black berries dangling seductively at the end of each branch, you can tell that there is something magical about it. … Continue reading

Spicy sourdough nectarine upside down cake.

Another wild hair. Yesterday, while waiting for my bread dough to finish resting, while watching Jamie make ten pounds of tomatoes disappear into pomodoro sauce, while relaxing after a long day of hiking and cooking and writing, I was absentmindedly browsing through the archives over at Wild Yeast, where I came across a recipe for … Continue reading

Balsamic roasted figs

Four years ago, I was living in a little house in south Palm Desert. It was summer, and… have you experienced a desert summer? It’s horrible. The unbearable, relentless heat that doesn’t ease up for months on end. The heat that radiates down from the sun and up from the pavement, that gets in your … Continue reading