high desert test kitchen
february ingredient: lamiaceae
february 20, 2017

includes sages, chia, lavender, mint

Kip's desert book club
the temptation of st. anthony
february 6, 2017

Not in a million years would I think that the Desert Book Club might be reading Flaubert. When John Alexis suggested The Temptation of St. Anthony as the February selection, he could see that I was rather surprised at the thought. It turns out that this work is not only set in the desert, but it also explores "the desert of the mind" as John put it so well.

high desert test kitchen
january ingredient: yerba santa
january 16, 2017


Coming down from the holiday high can be a bit rough and may leave your immune system running ragged. Forgo the post-party blues and fortify your body and mind with a little bit of holy herb, Yerba Santa

kip's desert book club
the rope by nevada barr
january 2, 2017

Take your mind off of your hectic holiday schedule for a few hours and read The Rope by Nevada Barr. You will get to follow protagonist Anna Pigeon through her adventures working at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, an artificial lake surrounded by an amazing desert. Besides being a first class whodunit, this novel addresses the environmental, social and emotional issues that arise when large numbers of people utilize isolated wilderness areas. 

high desert test kitchen
december ingredient: california juniper
december 19, 2016


I've never decorated my home for the holidays (I know, what a grinch), but all of the small cuttings I've severed from the California Juniper bushes growing on my land are beginning to accumulate, so I might just have a tree by the end of the season. The scent is a nice reminder that winter is arriving, despite being masked by the eternal Mojave sun.