Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Home Landscaping California Region
Home Landscaping California Region by Roger Holmes and Lance Walheim, (Creative Homeowner Publication, 2001) is a handy book to have on hand if you plan to do any landscaping projects. I love to see drawings of landscape designs. They inspire me to make changes, even if it's only to a small corner in the back yard that is visible from the house.
This book may even give you the confidence to tackle a really big project like the front entrance. It contains designs for various common garden areas and uses plants that are compatible with our climate. There is a plant encyclopedia in the back with photos to help you decide if a particular plant is right for you. There are building tips for larger projects such as trellises.
Kimmie's Sliced Tomatoes
I have so many tomatoes they're coming out of my ears right now. Nothing has tasted better to me during the chemotherapy treatments than fresh tomatoes. One of the chemicals they used must have been an alkaloid base, because the acid from tomatoes tastes like heaven. Here is my favorite way to serve this wonderfully prolific vegetable.
2 to 3 large tomatoes
1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/2 pound asiago cheese
6 to 12 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Slice tomatoes and arrange in a single layer on a large platter. Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice curls of Asiago or Parmesan cheese. Lay the curls on top of the tomatoes. Chop basil and sprinkle over tomatoes and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle liberally with seasoned rice wine vinegar (found in the ethnic section of your grocery store). Serve immediately, or allow to stand unrefrigerated for as long as 1 hour.
Serves 2 to 4