Posts made in May, 2012

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Farm

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in New | 2 comments

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Farm

I realized I had never been to a genuine working farm.

This is Orange County!

The all organic farm is situated on 30 acres of land leased from the Irvine Company.  Three generations of the Japanese American Tanaka family grow fruits and vegetables that stock their produce stand.  In addition they deliver boxes of seasonal produce to specific locations for pick up.

One of the benefits of receiving fruits and vegetables from Tanaka Farms is being invited to “CSA Days”. (Community Supported Agriculture)

It is strawberry season so we took Jules and Izzy out to Irvine for the spring Strawberry Tour.








Jules was not happy about sitting on a hay bale.

The Tanaka family is super organized.

Their hospitality is spontaneously expressed throughout the visit.

We boarded a flat open wooden wagon with bench seats pulled by a tractor and crawled down the dusty roads.  What a hoot!











Along the way our driver would stop and let us sample vegetables

he had picked earlier in the day.








Baby Maui Onions








Baby Bok Choy.  Mild, sweet, and fleshy.  I am going to add it to salads.






Cilantro.  Add it to tuna salad?
















Another very loose tooth made biting a carrot tricky.











We ate all the green beans before I took a picture.








We poked through the crops of cabbages and lettuces alongside the cornfields.





Here were treated to the view that later in the day would be a wedding ceremony.

What a perfect day for a farm wedding.  I was wondering if I could jump off the wagon and hide until sunset.



















We hopped off the wagon with picking protocols.

Redder is better.

Bend and Snap.








Fill your basket before eating as many berries as you want!








A tough job...








What a difference a few moments can make.








How many strawberries do you think we ate?

Watermelon Tour in July.











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Happy Anniversary

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in New | 7 comments

Happy Anniversary

May 18, 1996

Britton Kerry Hostetter

Mere words cannot express the love and esteem we have for Britton.

Ty Robert Lunde

Ty & Cole

My father stepping into Gray's place as a Groomsman

MP and I with Britton, when were just... Bob and Peggy

Celebrity Wedding Party

Jennifer and Jason Pyle

The beginning...

Sixteen Years

What is the secret of a long marriage?

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The Garden Wall

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Tofu | 1 comment

The Garden Wall

This May morning in MP’s Garden is a moment in time...

to feel by heart!








I am dependably watching the lettuces, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, peppers and beets.











































After putting me in charge of harvesting the vegetables,

he kept telling me I was missing the snow pea crop.








There they were~~ on the other side of the garden wall.



















We had been eating snow peas with brown rice, steamed and stir fried.

My thoughts were carrying these snow peas and carrots in a new direction.

























I blanched snow peas







and carrots and cut cucumber to match.








Crisp Snow Pea, Carrot and Cucumber Salad with Wasabi Soy Dressing








Teriyaki Tofu Burger with Tomato and Radish Sprouts







As I write this, even the doves are cooing.

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:12

Teriyaki Tofu Burgers


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 12 ounces package extra firm tofu, cut into 8 slices
  • Burger rolls
  • Radish sprouts
  • Tomato slices


  1. Drain tofu between pieces of paper towels.
  2. Whisk together soy sauce, orange juice, zest, honey, green onions, and ginger, garlic and sesame seeds. Pour sauce into a shallow dish.
  3. Carefully set tofu slices on top of teriyaki sauce and spoon more sauce over tofu slices. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or more.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet over moderate heat; add oils. Remove tofu slices to skillet and gently brown both sides. Transfer to a heated platter.
  5. Add remaining teriyaki sauce to skillet; reduce heat and simmer sauce until slightly thickened. Pour sauce over tofu slices. Serve on rolls with sprouts, tomatoes and extra sauce.
  6. Makes 4
  7. © Copyright 2012 Peggy Barrett Lunde
  8. All Rights Reserved

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Other Mothers

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in New | 2 comments








When Jasmine blooms


Mother's Day

The Story of Ruth

Touches my heart...

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Ruth 1:16

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Shrimp Rock !

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Asian and Vegetarian, Fish | 2 comments

Shrimp Rock !

I have been reading about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Yesterday I watched Daphne Oz prepare a fried rice dish using coconut oil with her mother on The Chew.

I was motivated to take the basic idea and use my rice cooker and cast iron skillet to make a spicy version.

Since tofu is reserved for Tuesdays, and it was MP’s favorite day- Friday, I set out looking for the perfect shrimp.

How blessed am I to have Santa Monica Seafood in the neighborhood?










Rock Shrimp from Florida were the ideal size and texture for the brown rice.








8 ounces Rock Shrimp

Shitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, shredded carrots, cilantro...

onion, snow peas, garlic, and scallions

1 Tablespoon coconut oil


building the layers.

a quick cooking of the shrimp

before adding








cooked brown rice

slices of  a cooked egg

Dressed with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame seed oil and plenty of Garlic Head


Two Forks.


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