Summer Squash: The Gardening Staple You Can Grow In 40 Days

For a lot of people, the thought of summer squash brings to mind just a few varieties. The entire list probably consists of little yellow crooknecks and zucchini, with no more than one or two choices of each.

There is a bonanza of summer squash taste available to home gardeners. If you like squash even a tiny bit, you will want to grow your own. Fresh summer squash in your backyard provides daily fresh young produce throughout the season, the ability to eliminate food miles, and the opportunity to try dozens of unique varieties that are not available at stores or even farmer’s markets.

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Peruvian Chef Detained at LAX with 40 Piranhas

It’s hard to get fresh fish, so much so that at least one chef tried to bring in some piranha.

Peruvian chef with 40 frozen piranhas detained for 5 hours at LAX.

What a drag, am I right? There’s never a seat at the Sammy Hagar/KISS/Jimmy Buffet/other celebrity-centered bar, the coffee’s expensive, the power outlets are scarce, and you can’t even get 40 frozen piranhas through customs in peace.

Source: The Takeout | Food News, recipes, cooking tips, and taste tests.

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When we’re in Peru, we always eat more fish. The Humboldt current brings up cold water from the very south Pacific, and the fishing is good in Peru. We eat Sea Bass for $3.40/lb. It’s enough to spoil one…

Peru Wins “Best Culinary Destination in the World” 7 years in a Row

Peru has recently won once again the award for Best Culinary Destination at the international gala of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards, for the seventh consecutive year.

Not a surprise. The quality of food in Peru is oftentimes just plain amazing. Fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables, and naturally raised meats raise the bar for everyone…Congrats Peru!

Full story here.

Lots of fruits and vegetables at Mistura 2015

Indoor Tomatoes

Usually, I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening. It’s not that I don’t give sufficient care, but rather that with frequent travel comes frequent neglect. Successful gardening really does seem to require nearly daily attention.

So it’s a marvel that this time our tomatoes are growing literally to the ceiling:

Not bad for indoors…

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Lucuma the “new” Peruvian Superfruit

Via Bloomberg:

Peru has a knack for introducing superfoods to the rest of the world. Its rich geography, which includes portions of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, has already brought forth high-protein quinoa and açai berries. The latest nutritional powerhouse to appear on global menus is lucuma, a fruit that grows at altitudes of about 9,000 feet. Long prized in Peru, it’s gaining traction in U.S. cities.

Full article here.

On a personal note, we love the unique flavor of lucuma especially in ice cream. Yum!

Lucuma fruit

 

Links 2/3/2017

Hope everyone has had a good week. It was busy, but otherwise uneventful here in the desert of Northwest Arizona. Finally, the cold spell has broken and our daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s to low 70s again. Not a sign of rain in the forecast here, so our hopes of a special Spring wildflower season are diminishing. More rain, please!

Here are some links for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy.

Robot cafe serves coffee in San Francisco

African Fine Coffees Association February 15-17th, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

CoffeeCon Los Angeles February 25-26

World of Coffee Budapest – 13-15 June 2017

Specialty Coffee Global Expo – Seattle April 20-23

Technology making Coffee more appealing to youth

Scientists have sequenced the genome for Arabica coffee

Teach your friends the joy of great coffee – 5 steps

Now it’s getting serious – Bacon Shortage 2017

Bonus Photo:

Along Planet Ranch Road, NW Arizona

Links October 24, 2016

Here’s some of the latest links of interest that I’ve encountered: 

Excellent article on how to build solar drying table (African raised beds) (Perfect Daily Grind)

Raised bed coffee drying allows better airflow & even drying, plus reduces insect damage.

 A new world coffee tasting map (CoffeeTalk)

For the world traveler.

 Coffee Year 2015/2016 ends in 3 million bag deficit

But don’t worry just yet…

Bloom Coffee Event in Chicago – October 26-28th

Chicago Peeps, check this out.

 8 Ways to cut down on food waste

If we don’t eat it, it goes into the garden.

 Coffeelands adds some new talent to their team

Helping coffee growers everywhere.

 After hurricane Matthew, two ways to help Haiti right now (Roast)

Haiti needs a helping hand, here’s how.

 60 Page guide to New Zealand Roasters is awesome & free (Roast)

Cool little guide…

 

 

 

Street Market in Tempe, Arizona – October 29th

Cortez Coffee Roasters in Tempe, Arizona will host a Street Market with food trucks, a raffle for a home espresso machine, and local artists will exhibit. Of course, there will be delicious coffee, tea, and fresh roasted cocoa (yum!) for your perusal. Next Saturday, October 29th. Proceeds benefit Special Needs Kids. Please stop by and enjoy the festivities!

 

Cortez Street Market 10/29/2016