Savory Scones with I’itoi Onions


Like a hint of onion in your cooking or salads? The easiest onions to grow and use in the Southwest are the wildly popular and prolific multiplier onions called I’itoi onions (Allium cepa). Pronounced “e-e-toy” these onions are simple to grow and delightful to use. Where to Find Them I’itoi onions are shared around SouthernRead moreRead more

The Backyard Beekeeper – Book Review

Monica King here, a third generation beekeeper with a beekeeping book review. “The Backyard Beekeeper” (Quarto Publishing) is written by Kim Flottum. Mr. Flottum has been the editor of “Bee Culture” magazine for the past thirty some years. At the magazine he finds answers to questions sent in by beekeepers of all experience levels. ItRead moreRead more

Apple Walnut Salad – AKA Charoset


Jacqueline Soule here this week with one last honey recipe for National Honey Month.  I learned to make this Charoset salad back about the time we rode dinosaurs to school. My friend Sara’s “Bubbie” (grandmother) roped in us girls to help her in the kitchen. She nailed us because we were playing and giggling inRead moreRead more

Cooking With Honey – Some Tips


We have been asked for more background on the overall topic of cooking with honey.  We got together to create this post and offer this handful of hints and guidelines.  Since each of us cook and write with a different perspective, we hope you will find this article useful. From Uncle Smokey (the griller) HoneyRead moreRead more

Tasty Honey Topping

Being in a lasting relationship involves compromise. In ours, one issue is the ice cream flavor on the rare occasions we do buy ice cream. Rather than trade off over chocolate or vanilla and have one person grumpy, we buy basic vanilla and “doctor” it with home made toppings, nuts, and other tasty treats. (Don’tRead moreRead more

Ancient Desert Treat for Today – Chia Honey Banana Pudding

Monica King today to ask you – Looking for a healthy paleo desert? Here is a wonderfully light pudding using chia seeds that fits perfectly into your diet and is extremely versatile. Chia The key ingredient to this dessert is chia seeds. These seeds are hydrophilic, they can absorb over ten times their weight whenRead moreRead more

Time for Some Thyme – Soup


Summer time is an excellent time for thyme soup. Soup in summer is super! As we sweat during the day we lose minerals (electrolytes) and while there are drinks that claim to restore electrolytes, they are sugar-laced and of questionable overall health benefit. Besides, I prefer sipping something savory over sipping something sweet. Finding ThymeRead moreRead more

Use Herbs Wisely

As many of you know, I am Dr. Jacqueline Soule – but the doctorate is in Botany, not medicine. That doesn’t stop people from asking me health questions, if anything, it elicits more! Everyone has heard of some wonderful herb that is going to cure all their woes, and they want to ask me aboutRead moreRead more

Smoky Honey Onion Smothered Wild Salmon


Monica King here with a fun and delicious honey recipe using wild-caught salmon. Salmon in the Southwest? Sure! In this era of airplane travel, sometimes friends escape the heat and head to Alaska on a fishing trip. Failing friends with full ice chests, many local stores carry fresh salmon. Wild Versus Farm Salmon There areRead moreRead more

Grilled Zucchini


Uncle Smokey here again in after only one week. I got my arm twisted because August 8 is National “Sneak Some Zucchini on you Neighbor’s Porch Day.” Well, I wish somebody would celebrate this national holiday in my direction! I love the taste of grilled zucchini. It’s even tasty the next day as leftovers, butRead moreRead more