Category Archives: Kitchen Garden

Volunteer Salad Garden

I have had a lot on my plate lately and it shows in my neglected garden.  With spring breaking out, I thought I would go out and start preparing for planting.  I was in for a happy surprise.  I let last … Continue reading

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March Planting List for Home Grown Vegetables – Town of Apple Valley, California

“What can I grow here?” is common question the circulates among gardeners new to an area.  When I first moved into my home, I started a plant list searchable by planting date in Microsoft Access.  I got my information by … Continue reading

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English Violet Blooms in Mojave Shade

English violets (Viola odorata) take me back to the most magical days of my early childhood.  My  mother dipped them in sugar and served them to me as candy.  Violets were one of the first plants that I drew through … Continue reading

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(8) High Desert Vegetable Gardens – Apricot Brandy

Caroline M Hudson commented on your post in High Desert Vegetable Gardens. Caroline M Hudson 6:38pm Jul 8 Go right ahead Comment History Mary Dellavalle 6:17pm Jul 8 Thanks! May I blog your suggestion and then try it? I will be … Continue reading

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Plant Nutrition. Some is Good. More is worse.

Introduction When it comes to nutrients, plants can be like Goldilocks.  For healthy growth and reproduction, nutrient levels have to be just right.  Plants can suffer from both  nutrient deficiencies and nutrient toxicity.  Each species of plants has its own … Continue reading

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Easy Quince Custard Pie

Today I am doing some “clean the fridge cooking” prior to going out for major grocery shopping.  I had a container of cooked quince puree that I needed to use.  Well, it sort of looks like pumpkin pie filling……. So, … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Gingered Quince Muffins

  The storm blew most of my quince off of the tree and I have a new gluten free baking flour from WinCo bulk section that I just had to tryout.  Of course, quince muffins would be my first solution.  … Continue reading

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Spicy Minty Quince Salad

One of the most productive plants in my yard is the quince.  Passersby will often stop to ask, “What is that yellow fruit hanging over the fence?”  When I answer, “Quince”, their confusion increases.  “What is that? What do you … Continue reading

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October Rain | Time to Sow Seed and Plant Bulbs

Its a perfect day for planting in the High Desert. We just had a nice October rain and there is 20% chance of rain for the rest of the day. It is warm and balmy with a light wind. In … Continue reading

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Meet VIP Member of Pest Management Team

Well, I wish the praying mantis could focus on less beneficial herbivorous insects than honey bees. Just the same, this insect carnivore,  is welcome in my garden.  This one was rather brazen and had no objection to a photo session while eating it’s … Continue reading

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Minty Mung Bean and Nectarine Salad

The resulting salad is spicy hot, sweet and tangy, minty cool, and chewy. Continue reading

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Crispy Pototo Cake Filled with Chickpea Polenta

What about putting a crispy hash brown exterior on creamy chick pea polenta? Continue reading

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A very summery quinoa salad (Citrus and mint quinoa salad)

Originally posted on Indu's International Kitchen:
Quinoa is so versatile. You can do pretty much anything with it – make quinoa upma, use in salads or even soups and also use to make burgers.! Truly versatile. Plus so healthy…

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Chia Seed Pudding and Apricot Layered Parfait

I just ran into a couple of great looking blogs featuring the use of chia seeds as a thickener to make pudding.  The puddings looked like cool tasty treats for hot afternoon snacks, after dinner deserts, or quick,  healthy, grab … Continue reading

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No Sugar Apricot Juice and Apricot Jam – Day 2

Originally posted on Caliche Challenge:
Branch Loaded with Apricots. Ingredients 2 cups condensed apricot juice (about 10 cups fresh apricots reduced to 2 cups concentrated juice) 8 cups fresh apricots 71/2 tablespoons  low or no-sugar needed pectin 2 tablespoons lemon…

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No Sugar Apricot Juice and Apricot Jam

Ingredients 2 cups condensed apricot juice (about 10 cups fresh apricots reduced to 2 cups concentrated juice) 8 cups fresh apricots 71/2 tablespoons  low or no-sugar needed pectin 2 tablespoons lemon juice Optional – Sweetener to taste For different quantities … Continue reading

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Chick Pea Tortillas Wrap-up Home Grown Veggies in Tasty Tacos

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Originally posted on Caliche Challenge:
Yummy!       If you could eat it with a corn tortilla, you could eat it with a chick pea tortilla. “No more white stuff,” my cardiologist sternly warned me.  I took to the internet for Ideas.…

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Pulse Pie Crusts

Chick Pea Crust for Open Pies I found this recipe for a pie crust made with chick pea flour embedded in a chickpea quiche recipe. For now, I need a wheat free recipe to  make pies out of my abundant … Continue reading

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Plum Good – Call for Recipes – Please?!

This blog has a mixture of recipes that I tried and recipes that look tempting all organized in one place.  I have a mountain of plums to can and quick! They are falling off of the tree faster than I … Continue reading

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In a Pot of Pure Trouble | Chicken Shamed

So who was in the vegetable garden beating me to my own harvest? That darned Leaf! Continue reading

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Dance to the Spicy Taco Recipe!

  April 1, 2016: The Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) and its Partners around the world continue their celebrations of the UN-declared International Year of Pulses with the launch today of the World’s Greatest Pulse Dishes, a collection of 60+ pulse-based … Continue reading

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Spiced Quince Streusel Muffins

These muffins are fragrant, spicy and flavorful.  They make a great grab and go breakfast or snack. The use of unrefined sugars provides a caramel flavor.  The basic recipe uses drained quince sauce, which is similar to apple sauce.  When … Continue reading

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We Have a Vacancy: Building a Bug Hotel for Solitary Bees

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Now here’s a project that doesn’t take too much time and is simply perfect for the whole family. The materials used for this are all items you can hunt for in parks or woods…

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My Answer to The White Crowned Sparrow

My parents came to visit when my home was relatively new.  I showed my little vegetable garden to them with requests for advice.  One problem that I was having was that seeds would germinate, and then disappear within a day … Continue reading

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Local Gardener Skips Soil: Hydroponics Garden

Turning the desert into an ‘oasis of healthy eating   The Victorville Daily Press released an  interesting article about a local gardener who uses hydroponics to grow his vegetables.  Good read. By Rene Ray De La Cruz Staff Writer Posted … Continue reading

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Spiced Fruit Muffins Made with Ground Yellow Pea Flour

I found an appealing recipe for Lentil Apple Muffins on the internet.  Only one problem, it was a few days before payday, and I needed to cook with ingredients that I had in the pantry.  I was out of lentils … Continue reading

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More Awesome Links for Key Hole Gardens

Keyhole gardens are basically raised beds with an access path and built in compost column. After I published Keyhole Gardens are a Proven Strategy for Working With Caliche in Arid Regions, I got a ping back from  Mr. Jon Moore … Continue reading

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Mojave Fruits and Nuts

I have had both good success and expensive failures growing fruit and nut trees in my garden.  My Tillman Apricot is by far my best producer.  Other trees failed to survive the first year.  We can have warm winters and … Continue reading

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Keyhole Gardens are a Proven Strategy for Working With Caliche in Arid Regions

I learned some wonderful strategies for working with caliche layers under poor soils from the local gardening community.  Keyhole gardens are one of the approaches.  I have seen several interpretations of the keyhole garden posted on Facebook.  Then  some Julie … Continue reading

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Apricot and Marzipan Tart Tatin

Little green apricots are showing up on my trees.  Not a heavy set, but more than enough for me to want to find new recipes.  This one looks yummy.  I can’t wait to try it.  I could even use marzipan … Continue reading

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Chick Pea Tortillas Wrap-up Home Grown Veggies in Tasty Tacos

Yummy! If you could eat it with a corn tortilla, you could eat it with a chick pea tortilla. Continue reading

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Great International Dishes Made From Pulses

worlds-greatest-pulse-dishes-photos features an amazing, mouthwatering photo gallery of dishes made with pulses. These labeled pictures are a wonderful one stop idea shop for inspiring web searches for new recipes.  See a photo you like? Copy paste the name of the … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Provides Foliage For Garden and Tasty Stems for Pies and Jams

I bought a six pack of rhubarb from Cal Herbolds.  Searching for the best micro-climate, I planted them in a variety of places.  They didn’t do well in well drained sand with full sun. This rhubarb, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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Red Etampes Pumpkin Seeds | Buy Seeds by the Packet or in Bulk at EdenBrothers.com

I looked up a source for red pumpkin seeds to grow the pumpkin listed in the following recipe.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVxSXc_221g&google_comment_id=z13jwdkbkvz5glk3u22ezheofnjwg3ale&feature=em-comments I am currently looking for ways to eat without “white stuff” per instructions from my cardiologist.  There are a lot … Continue reading

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Cool Fix for Gardening on a Hot Day – Banana Smoothie for Electrolyte Balance

These tasty treats are quick, cold, and help my body handle working and gardening in the high desert heat. Continue reading

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The Straight Dope: Are apricot seeds poisonous?

The Straight Dope: Are apricot seeds poisonous?.

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Peanut Butter and Jam Donuts – Cool Summer Alternative to Baking Bread

Inspired by Share Your Cool & Easy Recipes for Surviving The Desert Heat by Paulette L Motzko, this donut recipe is a low heat alternative to baking bread in the summer.  The donuts are deep fried on an induction burner that can be … Continue reading

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Canning Santa Rosa Plums

Plum Jam and Jelly We are enjoying a nice harvest of Santa Rosa Plums.  Today’s Project is preparing plum jam.  I ran a brief web search to review that basics.  The Steps in Processing Jams and Jellies  proves to be … Continue reading

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