Weekend Herb Blogging – Thai Basil

For Kalyn’s Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted by Gabriella this week) I’m going to present another dish using Thai basil. Eggplant and Thai basil are an exceptional combination, with the eggplant providing a sweet, earthy foundation for the bright, piercing flavor of the basil. My contribution evolved from the combination of quite a few eating experiences: […]

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Citron Tea – A Winter Warmer

I first discovered Yuzu (Citrus aurantium), when my brother brought me a jar of yuzu marmalade from Japan. Known as yuzu in Japanese and yuja in Korean, this round Asian citrus has a distinctive flavor that is somewhere between lemon and orange. Yuzu marmalade is a mixture of the sliced fruit (peel and all) and […]

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The Strawberry’s Long Journey

(Updated 10/2/16: fixed broken links, i.e., almost all of them.  Removed beach photos.) While visiting a nature preserve in California between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beach, I learned something very interesting about the origin of strawberries. Thanks to an interpretive sign at the preserve, I learned that the beach strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, is […]

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