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When and how should I "harvest" herbs?

Dill is an annual plant, you can harvest once it's large enough to support some cutting. Don't cut too low and it'll keep growing back for months. Harvest the flowers/pollin and seeds just as you would fennel tops, also dry the dill leaves and store for winter cooking. If you feel the need to have more dill, plant another batch 6 weeks later and you'll be stylin, especially if you want to cure some salmon. If seeds drop to the ground, expect volunteer plants next season.

Apr 24, 2011
LiliCooks in Gardening

What's the earliest you'd dare plant tomatoes??

Southern California to Central CA. you'll start seeing volunteer tomatoes around January after good rains, I tend to plant tomatoes January 1 every year, get a head start on everyone! Find the most South facing wall to plant along and the radiant heat will help keep plants warm until Fall. We planted Romano's on a South wall, trellised (espalier) on bamboo along the wall and we had harvest of tomatoes one full year and through the cold winter into the next spring, it was amazing and we're 150 miles North of you, the heirlooms did well along the wall also, just watch for powdery mildew - take off the leaves and throw in trash, not composter. Eating fresh picked tomatoes in December is an amazing feeling.

Apr 24, 2011
LiliCooks in Gardening

Fennel Pollen

Just the flowers, picture from Euphro's moblog

Apr 24, 2011
LiliCooks in Gardening

Fennel Pollen

Harvest both it's totally worth it! Take the flowers only for the pollin, best to use scissors and cut over a large piece of white paper (away from any breezes) because the pollins and petals go all over, you can then wrap the paper to a funnel and transfer to a container to dry. Then when the other flowers you didn't harvest are ready just shake the seeds in to a bag to plant for next season or use in your kitchen spice cabinet. Both area great for cooking and teas, etc.. Pollin is your choice, save some of both and taste the difference i'd say.

Apr 24, 2011
LiliCooks in Gardening

Pasadena is weak!

try Sushi Roku in 33 Miller Alley Pasadena, CA 91103-3643 (626) 683-3000 expect current sushi prices and delicious menu; and Mario Batali's new places,
http://pasadenascoop.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/market-on-holly-opening-may-6th/ If you've ever cooked from his recipes you gotta know it's great ; also excellent authentic tasty breads to drive miles for at le pain quotidien http://www.lepainquotidien.us/ There used to be a place called Thaitalian that had great innovative fusion pasta's at great prices, nice champagne etc. with hip, clean atmosphere but not sure if it's still there, we still dream about it, yum! All are in old town Gotta look in the little streets and alleys because not all are located on the main drag, the hold in the wall places are totally catchy & yummy, like in europe. Another thought if you're not satisfied with pizza out... make your own crust with home made mayonaise and wine in the dough and get creative with toppings or try Wolfgang Pucks restaurants a jaunt from Pasadena! There are excellent places in Pasadena, open your mind :~

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Sushi Roku
33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103

Apr 11, 2011
LiliCooks in Los Angeles Area

Tastings of any sort (oil, vinegar, cheese, ham): Venice/Ravenna/Bologna/Milan

Hopefully you were able to try Mirto, a very nice herbal liquor. Unique and a specialty item available only there. And cave aged Proscuitto... there's nothing like the flavors of terroir of a dirt floor aging room, wow there's some great flavors there, taste every one you can from all the 'local' meat markets, get up real early! Check to see if there are any friendly 'locals' that may be willing to share or show you their cave, maybe you'll make a friend while you're there. Send yourself some Proscuitto home, it's well worth it cause the cost is different, there are quite a few that can be shipped. Also... purchase tickets from expedia.com.it and see the difference vs. u.s.a. Hope you had a great time!

May 19, 2010
LiliCooks in Italy

goat's milk products

Hey if you're still in to goat milk products, give Humboldt Fog a try, yum... many stores now have it, or ... http://www.cypressgrovechevre.com/che...

Apr 22, 2010
LiliCooks in General Topics

Pasadena is weak!

check out Thaitalian in old town.

Apr 22, 2010
LiliCooks in Los Angeles Area

Sources for good fresh or frozen duck

Hi roz, I know this is a bit late, but you may want to check out Whole Foods, they have several selections of duck parts, whole, breast, etc., in the case, but not foi gras. I add orange & lemon juice, honey and stuff the insides with fresh herbs, lemon and unpitted Moroccan herbed/oil cured black olives and baste while cooking, and eat the puffed up olives when it's done, don't toss them... Yum. I usually get my duck frozen from the Chinese market or fresh from Whole Foods, but theirs has been thawed... You may check for a YaoHan in your area, I know there's one on Centinela/Sawtelle area in Culver City.. Though Dommy could have best Idea yet, worth it though some aged meats can be very very tasty.

Apr 22, 2010
LiliCooks in Los Angeles Area