Pecan Turtles

Do you have pecan trees?  Many people in the Southwest do.  Now how to use all those pecans while they are fresh and tasty?  Here is a recipe shared from a friend who lives north of the border – the other border! Janet Davis lives in Canada and makes these yummy “pecan turtles” for the holidays. Janet Davis, our guest author This creative lady is a garden writer like Savorist Jacqueline Soule.  Janet is also a photographer – and her words and images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, […]

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon meets the fruits and flavors of the Southwest in this refreshing summer soup. This melding of summer flavors started centuries ago when plants of the Old World and the New World melded in the Columbian Exchange.  And all this – just in time for Forth of July! Exchanging Plants We mentioned the Columbian Exchange in our post on Fennel & Strawberry Salad in June. Watermelon was another highly popular introduction to the Southwest, and various Native tribes quickly selected for plants that would grow well in their corner of […]

Fennel and Strawberry Salad

Thanks to Father Kino, the Southwest was part of the great Columbian Exchange. Foods like fennel and strawberries were not native to the region but once introduced became highly popular. The Columbian Exchange We all know that “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” And we know he was looking for spices. On the first trip he filled his ships with seeds and cuttings of plants he found and sailed home (he came back a few times too). The Exchange was the start of the widespread transfer of plants, animals, […]