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How to pick an out-of-reach lemon

Here’s the thing about our 40-foot-tall lemon tree. Even when you consider yourself to be on the taller end of the spectrum of God’s Eve-like creatures, it is damn frustrating. There you stand, all five-foot-eight of yourself, with maybe another two feet of arm reaching over your head, grasping hundreds of yellow, beautiful lemons dangling [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: This week’s citrus

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Green Thumb Sunday: Mystery citrus, at work

Is it a sweet lime? Is it an orange hybrid? I’m still trying to figure this out. Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Cold snap

For those of you scoring at home (and even if you’re alone), one of the myriad reasons I fled Iowa for California was my most-hated, six-letter word: W-I-N-T-E-R After four years in Iowa City, I wanted nothing more to do with scraping ice off windshields, shoveling snow out of my driveway, shoveling more snow out [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Pears and bee

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The annual pomegranate binge

This week, I succumbed in a big way to my annual pomegranate binge. I can’t get enough of the tangy, juicy seeds, which are only in season for the next month or two. I mostly throw them into salads, but I have been known to stand at the kitchen counter, storage container of harvested seeds [...]

Talking tomatoes with Kitchen Table Talks

When I started this blog, I was already pretty intolerant of the bad tomato. But since then? This intolerance has reached epic proportions. Unless it’s really tomato season where I live, that particular fruit is dead to me. But I have a bowl of heirlooms on my kitchen counter right now, because it’s July, and [...]

Running out of tomato time

While I might have ripening tomatoes in the works, what I don’t have is a whole lot of time. You might think I’m talking about the change in seasons, but the problem has nothing to do with the rotation of the Earth around the Sun. No, no. This is closer to the kind of problem [...]

Tomatoes, at exactly the right time

This morning, I breakfasted on tomatoes. This wouldn’t ordinarily be a big deal. After all, it is still tomato season in California. I’ve been breakfasting on tomatoes since they showed up at the markets this year. In fact, this time of year, it’s not odd in the slightest for me to have more tomatoes on [...]

The (OK-not-really) fashionable tomato plant

Before I even left for Burning Man, I was concerned about one of the tomato plants. There was a single branch hanging down, bearing one very green, very heavy tomato. This struck me as a Very Bad Thing – the weight was certain to snap the branch at some point. But getting ready to attend [...]