THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Making Mayonnaise

Over the river and through the Yvonne's house I went today.  We decided that we wanted to try to make mayonnaise from scratch.  We were worried that it would be hard, but it turned out to be easy and delicious!

And as it is with all good projects, the first step was to do some research on the web...

Yvonne's daughter, Leah had to help us print out the recipe....

We picked the simplest recipe that called for 1 whole egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3/4 cup olive oil and salt and pepper to taste...

I made a batch using extra light olive oil whisking by hand and Yvonne used extra virgin olive oil in the blender.She had beautiful mayonnaise in no time but mine didn't set up fast enough, so we tried the Kitchen Aid...

That took too long too, so we dumped it in the blender and....BAMM!  instantly thick.

The extra virgin olive oil created a strong flavored, yellowish-greenish colored mayonnaise, and the extra light olive oil created a mild flavored, light yellow/off-white colored mayonnaise.....

The next step was to slather it on some "Dave's Killer Bread"...

....and then make some delicious sandwiches!  And to drink, we had sparkling water with lime juice...juice squeezed from the limes picked from Yvonne's lime tree in her house!!!

We found that salt is vital to the achieve full flavor, otherwise the mayonnaise was so light you can't even taste it.   Some of us added grated garlic for a delicious spread with plenty of "punch".

This was a great, easy project!

And I think that fun was had by all!

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