Farmers Market Feature: Ayala Farms

By November 17, 2015 Lifestyle
ayala farms

ayala farms

I’m always finding myself at the Ayala Farms market stand on any given market day. Their produce is fresh, consistent, and well priced. This is where I often stop for my staples: carrots, celery, peppers, etc… And their strawberries are so sweet and juicy, what they grow the most of and are known for.

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Farmers Market Finds

By November 15, 2015 Lifestyle
farmers market finds

Some deliciousness at todays farmers market, the newer Village Farmers Market in Woodland Hills.

farmers market finds
Celery and carrots: Ayala Farms, Oxnard
Berries: Cortez Farms, Santa Maria
Vegan, GF free granola: Buddha Belly
Pastries: Breadbar
Ossau-Iraty (sheep) and Delice Des Cremiers (cow) cheeses: Vagabond Cheese
Eggs: La Bahn Ranch

The new Village Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 9-1.  Located at: 6250 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 

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Pumpkin Risotto

By October 26, 2015 Recipes
pumpkin risotto

pumpkin risotto

It’s National Pumpkin Day, and I have a great recipe for tonight, Pumpkin Risotto.  If you’ve been making your own pumpkin puree, that will add an extra delicious freshness, but canned puree will work perfectly fine as well. (Make sure it isn’t pumpkin pie filling!!!)

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October Unprocessed

By October 7, 2015 Lifestyle
Take the challenge: October Unprocessed 2015

For the last six years, Andrew, over at Eating Rules, has held the October Unprocessed Challenge. It’s based on the simple idea of going just one month without eating any processed foods.  And, hopefully, that one month may spill over to two… or three.  Or at least open our eyes to changes we can make in our daily eating choices.

October Unprocessed 2015

And to make it easier, for the entire month of October, he posts tips, recipes, and guidelines to help you on your way. I love October Unprocessed because it gives me a bit of a kick-in-the-butt reminder of what I’m putting in my mouth.

Head on over and check it out.  Today he has posted my Homemade Sriracha recipe, which is super fun and rewarding to make.  My hubby loves when I make this hot sauce from scratch!

I’d say 99% of the recipes on this site use unprocessed ingredients.  Look through them and bookmark your favorites for the challenge. And here are a few DIY recipes of items you might buy prepackaged that you can definitely make yourselves to help you get through October Unprocessed… or any month, really.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Apple Jam

Grape Jam

Pico de Gallo


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Strawberry Popsicles

Candied Jalapenos

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Orange Marmelade


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