Black walnut pear tart


I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it took me days to recover from my road trip. Driving for a long time is irrationally exhausting. I  expected to get home, and get back to work. For about 4 of the 19 hours it took to get home from Colorado, I was writing lists in my head [...]



When I started to write this post, I was sitting in Butter’s kitchen, with the smell of wild plums and sugar infusing the air. I was visiting her as part of a road trip that led me through New Mexico, to the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, then up to Northern Colorado for some mountain [...]

Transitions. (and a giveaway)


(Autumn) I’d like to say that Autumn happens just like that. That one day it’s summer and then one day it’s not. But it doesn’t work like that in Southern California, I don’t think. Three days ago I had to put the heating on for ten minutes when I woke up because my fingers wouldn’t [...]



It was my lovely brother Alex who pointed out that you cannot find good aioli in America. He pointed this out while filling our grocery cart with aioli, which is sold in little tubs for about a Euro apiece. I wondered how he’d ever go through it all, but it turns out that I underestimated [...]

Mequite biscotti


It was a hot desert summer day- the kind of day where you really don’t want to go outside between 9am and 5pm. The kind of day where having a regular day job in an air conditioned building doesn’t sound so bad after all. We were in Palm Springs, at Jam’s parents’ house, and it [...]

Wild Things in September: Black Walnut


  Wear gloves. If there’s any advice I could give another human being faced with a big bag of black walnuts it is, my god, wear gloves. I don’t know if it’s because I was excited, or because I was too lazy to go and buy gloves, or because I had a momentary lack of [...]