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Category Archives: Garden

Transition back after the BasqueStage…

After living the first half of 2012 in Pais Vasco, I have returned to California.  I came home with excitement, ready to start in earnest my cooking career. I left … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 6 Comments

Wrapping up at Aroa

Time flies when you’re harvesting peas, right? This maxim- and the classic …when you’re having fun- applies to our most recent and final apprenticeship at Aroa farm. Elisha  and I … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Grow Lots of Lettuce

One of the morning chores at Aroa is to harvest lettuce. Depending on the orders from restaurants and gourmet markets, we will harvest boxes and boxes of lettuces, escarole, baby … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

On the Farm at Aroa

I have never sneezed so much in my life. While I’ve always been a bubble kid in terms of allergies, these past three weeks have been a doozy. My fellow … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wrapping up at Fronton de Tolosa

The BasqueStage is sure keeping us on our toes! Fellow Sammic scholar Elisha Ben-Haim and I recently finished another stage, this time at the traditional Basque restaurant Fronton de Tolosa. … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rompeolas- Lunch on the Streets of Tolosa

Ever wonder what it’s like to cook for 250 people? Fellow Sammic BasqueStage scholar Elisha Ben Haim and I found out last week. We collaborated with Chef Roberto Ruiz, head … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Edible Flowers, Beautiful Colors

From my little corner on the Pasteleria station, I have a great view of the plate-up table in Primeros. This is a shot of the preparation for the Ensalada Tibia– … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Preview: Calçotada in Altafulla

This past weekend, the BasqueStage crew hit the road for what I’ve been calling Spring Break Spain 2K12. We road-tripped from the Pais Vasco to Catalunya for a calçotada, a … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

More from the Greystone Garden

A little over a year ago, I wrote about our student garden. At the time, I was just falling in love with gardening and growing our own food. Fast forward … Continue reading

September 9, 2011 · Leave a comment
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