How to Grow Leeks

January 2013

January 2013

Whether you’re growing leeks from seed (too late this fall, so wait till spring) or start (better get them in now!), you’ll have to grow them in a trench if you want a nice bit of white. Why? Because covering the base of the leek with dirt blocks it from the sun and leaves the column of the leek soft and white. The same practice is done with frisee or endive in the field. If you do NOT plant in trenches, you’ll still grow leeks, but the white bit will be super short and you’ll be disappointed. Watch this video to see Continue reading

Honeydew Cucumber Soup

My friend Debbie just emailed me asking for an easy summer soup and this one came to mind. It’s a great time of year to make the most of summer fruits – they won’t be around much longer. This process is a bit tedious, as you need to hang the fruit pulp to drain, but it’s worth it! Satisfying and refreshing, this soup is a total winner for an easy summer meal.  Jalapeno adds a little heat and the cilantro helps to cool your palate.  This makes a huge batch – enough for a family dinner with leftovers, but works well if you prefer to half it. 1 ripe Honeydew Melon, peeled & seeded 3 to 4 cucumbers, peeled & seeded ½ cup plain yogurt (either whole or non-fat) ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced Handful of cilantro leaves (more or less, as you please) ¼ cup fresh lime juice Salt … Continue reading

Charred Broccoli Rabe & Herbed Quinoa

A super healthy recipe of mine was featured on PureWOW today, and I’m stoked to share it with you! This is a weekday go to for me, as it is easy to make, uber tasty and really good for you. Quinoa is a complex carb that takes the body some time to break down which means you’re fuller longer. Veeeeery important on those long, hectic days. Try it and let me know what you think! Charred Broccoli Rabe & Herbed Quinoa Serves 4 1 cup quinoa, washed 2 cups water 1 bunch broccoli rabe 10 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 5 tablespoons olive oil ½ carrot, sliced thinly and cut into matchsticks ¼  cup almonds, toasted & chopped Handful of dried currants or raisins ½ cup fresh tender herbs, chopped – any combination of mint, parsley, cilantro, dill ¼  teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon honey 1 lime, juice reserved Salt and … Continue reading