Category: Urban Patio Gardening

Tips, discoveries, and tricks for growing potted plants in an urban setting with a small backyard.

Zinfandel Grape Sauce | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Zinfandel Grape Sauce Once a year I love making a peach cobbler while peaches are in season. And of course we need a scoop of @nadamoo gluten-free and vegan Vanilla…AHHH ice cream. Last year I had two clusters of Zinfandel grapes on the vines and I made it into a Zinfandel grape sauce.  And poured that over the cobbler and ice cream.  It was insanely good.    This year our grapevine went crazy and we have so many clusters of grapes.  These that are ripening and tons of new growth on the ends. So I wanted to make the Zinfandel grape sauce again for the summer peach cobbler as well as freeze the grape juice from this first batch into cubes. Ideally, one day we’ll...

Grape Leaf Chimichurri | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

This was a fun experiment in the kitchen that turned out pretty well.  We used grape leaves and oregano from the backyard to make a grape leaf chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri Sauce Chimichurri sauce is a green spicy herb sauce that originated in Argentina.  It is typically made with parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.   Two of our favorite restaurants in town, District Kitchen + Cocktails and Fresa’s Chicken, serve a beef dish covered with chimichurri.  And it is one of my absolute favorites!    Right now I have so much oregano growing on the patio garden that I just had to try to make it at home.   But I also have a crazy grape vine...

Asparagus Mango Spring Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons | Gluten-Free

Goat Cheese Croutons? Yes, goat cheese croutons!  Made with honey chèvre goat cheese and organic gluten-free rice cereal! Just freeze the cheese, cut it up, coat in gluten-free flour, dip in egg wash, coat with crushed cereal and fry.  Super easy and so good. I have been loving all the fried things we have been making lately.  Do you miss gluten-free cheese sticks? I’ve got an amazing recipe for fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks! And we use goat’s milk yogurt to replace buttermilk for this chicken fried steak.  Or this combo of fried chicken on a salad using goat’s milk to make a Ranch dressing –> “healthified” fried chicken salad . Asparagus Mango Spring Salad So spring is here! And nothing says spring like asparagus.  I...

The Serendipitous Cucumber Experiment

Serendipity and Gardening I’ve always loved the concept of serendipity – a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. In science, I’ve known it to mean “chance favors the prepared mind”. Many great discoveries were serendipitous – the discovery of penicillin, x-rays, Velcro and even the not so great discovery of saccharine (ya know it’s really bad for you, right?). As a scientist, I loved working in the lab. One of the best things about being a scientist is that you are supposed to experiment. And although the experiments are usually well thought out and designed for a specific goal, sometimes it was fun to just try stuff and see what happened. We used to joke that it is one of the few professions that lets you “explore...

Quick Pickled Jalapeños | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Quick Pickled Jalapeños When our jalapeño plant is producing well we like to quick pickle the peppers just to use in recipes like spicy chicken spaghetti or in a hummus or to eat with nachos.   Most store bought versions of pickled jalapeños either contain yellow dye or distilled grain vinegar. Jeff’s Naturals is a good choice for free and clear pickled jalapeños. It is really a pretty simple process to do this at home.   You will need: 3/4 cup water 3/4 cup GF distilled white vinegar 3 tbsp raw cane sugar 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 tsp oregano 2-3 large jalapeños, sliced into rings 8 oz canning jar Before prepping the jalapeños, wash, rinse and dry them. Slice the...