52 Letters, 52 Weeks Challenge: A Vintage Thank You

April 20, 2011 by  
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Margo True, the food editor of Sunset Magazine, just sent me a signed copy of her book, The One-Block Feast as a guide for the One-Block Party Contest. I can’t tell you how satisfying it was to mail her a vintage postcard depicting the Del Mar By The Sea racetrack as my week #16 letter. […]

Nutty Discovery: There Is Home Grown Pecan Pie In My Future!

April 17, 2011 by  
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I just discovered that the four trees in the vacant lot around the corner are pecan trees! (Pecans are my favorite nut). Hopefully the trees are going to nut out in time for our One-Block Party at the end of the summer.

Today, In A Very Brady Gardening Episode…

Today Sunset Magazine posted our team profile on the One-Block Diet Blog with the other nine teams in competition. After much deliberation, we’ve named our team The Bad Skunks. We’ve checked out our steep competition and, frankly, we’re feeling mildly guilty about wanting to beat out all those small, vegetable-eating children for the prize. Go […]

Urban Agriculture: My Neighbor’s Inner City Orchid Farm

My neighbor Estrellita has a concrete front yard. But that hasn’t stopped her from creating her own flower farm. Every year she grows and sells hundreds of orchid plants.

Heirloom Swiss Chard Victorian Gothic Floral Arrangement

Our neighbors, Noel and Sonita, just gave us a large clump of home-grown yellow chard. We’ll eat it tomorrow for dinner. In the meantime, it’s masquerading as a sweetly creepy floral arrangement.

How To Stop A (Bee) Robbery In Progress

April 11, 2011 by  
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Some punk-ass bees from somewhere in the neighborhood have decided that it’s easier to steal honey from my bees than it is to go and make their own. In an effort to help my bees defend their hive, I first reduced the width of the hive entrance with wood down to the width of one […]

Sunset Magazine’s One-Block Party Contest – I’m A Finalist!

April 8, 2011 by  
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Today I received an email from Margo True, Sunset Magazine’s Food Editor: Congratulations! You and your group have been chosen as finalists in our one-block party contest. We sincerely admire all that you have planned for your group, and will look forward to following your progress this summer. Once a month as the summer unfolds, […]

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