Browse my most recent Garden Maven posts

Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas

Jan 1, 2013 / By Serena
Posted in Food / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / San Francisco Bay Area / Travel
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Happy New Year! Time for some black-eyed peas! They’ve been eaten since Babylonian times as a good luck food and as I dug around for recipes, it was hard… Read more»

Leaves of green: seasonal salad ingredients

Nov 19, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in Food / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Ingredients / Magazine
edible fall leaves This time of year is such an alluring adjustment. As the season changes, I thin my closet of summer t-shirts, put away my flats of cans from the summers’… Read more»

A week (or two) in tomatoes

Sep 28, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in East Bay / Food / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Guinda, Yolo / Ingredients / Magazine / North Bay / Oakland / Santa Rosa / Travel
jump for joy! my san marzanos! Ah September, the time of year when the tastiest tomatoes abound. The soil has its last hurrah of dry sturdiness before the dewy mornings of fall, and the strained vines give… Read more»

Urban Farm Tours in Oakland

Jun 1, 2012 / By Serena
Posted in Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Recipes
artichokes and baby fruit trees learning to espalier To the growing number of city-dwelling farmer hopefuls, Oakland is like Hollywood. Check out any decent bookstore’s gardening section and you’ll trace many worthy titles back to this city,… Read more»

Chef Kim Alter and Haven in Jack London Square

Nov 5, 2011 / By Serena
Posted in East Bay / Garden Maven / Good Ideas / Magazine / Oakland / Travel / Videos and Podcasts
Chef Kim Alter Haven started at the Farmers’ Market, like so many great things. Chefs Kim Alter and Daniel Patterson – the man behind Coi – dipped in and out of farmer… Read more»