Apr 2, 2018


Thanks to the Lucky Valley Press tech department, First You Grow the Pumpkin, 100 cool things to make and preserve, my best cookbook, filled with all my favorite concoctions and kitchen creations, is available as an eBook.

First You Grow the Pumpkin was inspired by my brother Jess, who posed the question, "Why is it, when asked for a recipe, your first response is, 'Well, first you grown the______?'"

The DIY trend is nothing new for me. I have been churning butter, growing herbs, making stock and creating food from scratch since knee high to my mother on my grandfather's farm in Ohio.

On the left is an abundant harvest from Seabreeze Farm in San Diego. On the right, one of my mother's water colors from First You Grow the Pumpkin. She called it "Chicks." I call it "Run for Your Lives."

Other new eBooks from Lucky Valley Press

The Lavandula Series,

As the Wheel of Life turns at Sweet Farm, the homestead of the Wymans, a Carmel Valley, Calfornia family, we focus on three sisters: Rita, Nana and Fox, and their three daughters: Tate, Stevie and Jolene, cousins and friends.

In the Lavandula Series, life rumbles the earth at the farm, like any compound full of women, their men, children, elders and friends. They breathe the air of the Valley, filled with the scent of lavender growing abundantly on ten fertile acres. They eat of the garden harvest. The women are restless. The men are nervous.

The girls are growing up in the 60s and they and their peers will become known as Baby Boomers, Flower Children, Hippies, Yuppies, the ME generation; they will be affected by the Vietnam War, Rock & Roll, revolutions from sexual to political and other dramatic social changes.

But, mostly, they will be dealing with their loves, their children and their homes as they relate to and are touched by those concerns mentioned above.

Look for Stefani's Peacock Feather!



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