Growing Great Garlic

Growing Great Garlic

The first garlic I saw growing in a garden was at an Iowa City Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. We were touring the farm in March, when the transplants were still in the greenhouse and the only visible green in the garden was a lone bed of skinny, spiky-leaved vegetation that brought to mind mutant […]

A-Mah-Zing Quiche

A-Mah-Zing Quiche

Have you ever walked into your kitchen, gotten creative with an old recipe (maybe so you could use up the odds and ends in your fridge), taken the first bite of that creation, and realized that you just accidentally made something A-MAH-ZING!!? To the point that you want to stand up on your kitchen table […]

Orange Thyme Chocolate Cake (aka Christmas Cake)

Orange Thyme Chocolate Cake (aka Christmas Cake)

When I was growing up, we celebrated Christmas with, among other things, stockings hung by the chimney with care. While I have a hard time remembering what all was in those stockings, there is one item I definitely remember: a round, ripe orange. The orange was always stuffed into the toe and was usually the very last thing to be discovered in a […]

Zesty Italian Dressing

Zesty Italian Dressing

If you’ve visited us this month at an indoor farmers’ market or holiday show around Iowa, then you probably know about our brand new infused vinegar featuring jalapenos grown in our garden. And if you’ve tasted said jalapeno vinegar, then you probably know it’s one amazing infusion! I infused our peppers into a sweet white balsamic, which means this vinegar rocks […]

In Mint Condition

In Mint Condition

Mint is what we call a whole genus of plants (the Mentha genus) found within the Lamiaceae family. In fact, the Lamiaceae family, which also includes the classic herbs basil, rosemary, lavender, sage, oregano, and thyme, is nicknamed the mint family. The plants of Lamiaceae are highly aromatic, and mint is no exception. Mints are old souls. […]

Pickle Creek’s “Company” Salad

Pickle Creek’s “Company” Salad

I call this simple salad Company Salad because it’s the one I serve whenever I have company coming over for dinner. At various other times I’ve called this dish Garden Party Salad, Sunday Dinner Salad, and Mother-in-Law Salad. Whatever the name, the theme is the same: This is a salad to impress.   The variations on this salad are as […]

Florida Food Adventures

Florida Food Adventures

Where do you go when you’re heading out on vacation for the first time in 10 years?  Tim and I debated this question for months. In the end the answer was . . . Florida! Florida, with its warm sun, fun family, endless ocean fronts, and wild Everglades. And, of course, with its year-round seasonal foods harvested fresh from […]