Author Archive for Valerie Mitchell

Cilantro

fresh cilantro

Cilantro is a must-have in my kitchen. Since it’s so easy to grow, it’s also a must-have in my garden. The plants thrive in my Southern California garden without any special care. When the plants have run their course, I…

Toaster Oven S’mores Recipe

toaster smore

S’mores made over an open fire are great, but a campfire is not always convenient. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of this before. Thanks to my fabulous nieces, I now know how to make s’mores anytime. Toaster Oven…

Pomegranates in the Garden

Pomegranate Blossoms

This is going to be a big year for pomegranates! The tree is covered with blossoms and little baby pomegranates are beginning to form. I don’t think the tree has ever been this full before. After we’ve had our fill…

Mango Tomato Salsa Recipe

mango salsa

It’s mango time! I have been thrilled with the flavor and price of fresh mangos lately, so we’ve been going through a lot of them. Mango Salsa Ingredients: 2 large mangos, chopped 4 small tomatoes, chopped (or 2 large) 3…

Fried Plantains Recipe

fried plantains

This is a quick and easy snack or side dish. I like them with a little salt. You can also pour maple syrup on them for a sweet treat. Fried Plantains Ingredients: Plantain Coconut Oil Salt Instructions: 1) Heat coconut…