Fava Beans with Bacon and Mushrooms

Pretty certain I could write a children’s book about how wonderful fava beans are. I love fava beans.  Not only do they have an amazing, nutty flavor and creamy texture, cooking with them is a labour of love. Taking the time to hull, blanch, and de-shell this amazing, nutty, spring time Continue Reading

Home-Grown Oyster Mushroom and Leek Gratin

Potato, Leek, Gruyère and Oyster Mushroom Gratin (serves 4 as a side dish) Step 1: Grow your mushrooms!  I bought a mushroom starter kit at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair.  Within two weeks, little mushrooms began to grow.   Once they sprouted, the mushrooms began doubling in size each day.  One week later, Continue Reading