The Basics of Vermicomposting

I'd like to introduce you to my latest army of little garden helpers. Their names are Eisenia foetida, all 2000+ of them. I'm using these cool little red wiggler worms to help me build great soil in my garden through vermicomposting. Now that we're getting settled in our new home, I'm back to creating a more sustainable life, particularly in the kitchen....more

Fancy Mushroom Frittata Recipe

Some of you may know that besides my enviable post as creator of Tomato Envy, I also have a very un-sexy corporate cube-dwelling gig. Of course, it's this office job that pays the bills and has me traveling a couple times each month to the company's home office location where I stay in a hotel for a few nights at a time.  ...more

Favorite Cookbooks: What I'm Loving Now

Aren't we all suckers for good cookbooks? I mean, who actually needs more recipes when you consider there's more of them passing in front of our eyes than we'll ever have time to make. Yet, we keep buying cookbooks. My favorite cookbooks contain recipes that inspire me to get in the kitchen, pretty pictures, and good stories. I keep my heavy-rotation cookbooks right on my kitchen counter. ...more

5 Reasons to Grow Your Garden From Seed

My husband says that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. This was certainly true two years ago when, ignoring all advice to start small and easy, I decided to start my first vegetable garden entirely from seed....more
CtrlAltTabby  Artichokes...I've never grown them. Sounds great.more

Green Kitchen: What You Need to Know

I've often considered home cooking to be one of the best things you can do on your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. Cooking gets you away from the very unsustainable industrial food system and supports good health. At our house, the kitchen is the joyful center of our universe since Mr....more

Valentine's Day Date Night In

Hate is the strongest word I know. It's become diluted because so many people use it to describe things they don't like or really don't like. I try to save this powerful word for things I truly hate, like Valentine's Day. Well, I only used to hate it....more

What You Need to Know about Pastured Eggs

My mother says that if you have eggs, you have a meal. It's true! They're good for you, easy to prepare, and are versatile enough for any meal of the day. When I started getting smarter about food, I learned a lot about them. Now, in addition to all the other things I'm snobby about, I'm also an egg snob....more

Rich Chocolate Mousse: Get Lucky!

Did you ever wonder why gifts of chocolate are traditional on Valentine's Day? Chocolate has a reputation for helping people get lucky. Chocolate contains two important chemicals. Tryptophan is associated with sexual arousal and phenylethylamine is the same stimulant that's released in the brain when you fall in love. Sounds trippy!...more

GMOs and Your Garden

It's that time of year when us gardeners are "busy" daydreaming. We're dreaming of that first sunny day in the 40s when we can get some fresh air and do some late winter pruning. It's also the time to start planning layouts and ordering seeds for our vegetable gardens....more

Organizing Garden Seeds: A Noble Cause

Some people think I'm really organized. Maybe you think so, too. If I've convinced you of this, then perhaps I really did learn something during my corporate sales career. The truth is that I waste lots of time looking for things that should have a place by now, I forget anniversaries and birthdays, and I sometimes feel like I barely transcend the chaos around me....more