Category: Urban Patio Gardening

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

Homemade Backyard Zinfandel Grape Sauce

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...

Backyard Grape Leaf Chimichurri Sauce

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...

mango seasonal salad with fried goat cheese croutons

Asparagus Mango Spring Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

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...

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...

Thai Beef Salad

Easy Thai Beef Salad & Marinade

Thai Beef Salad Thai beef salad is such a delicious dinner full of flavor and fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic.  To make this gluten-free use GF soy sauce or coconut aminos and Thai red curry paste. All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten and casein free. Make sure the cashews are safe, too. This salad is a great use of fresh basil from...

Quick Pickled Jalapeños

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...