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salads/ vegetarian

Farro Summer Salad Bowl

farro summer salad

I love the ease of having a refreshing grain salad in the fridge to nibble on for a day or two.  When our summer days creep into the high 90’s or even 100’s, who wants to be cooking??? Quite often it’s quinoa mixed with cukes and other goodies, but I recently tried Pereg’s non-GMO Farro and really fell in love with the flavor!

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Main Dishes

Grilled Tilapia

grilled talapia

Does anything say summertime more than a backyard BBQ? I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that our days are getting longer and our nights are getting warmer.  All I want to do is lounge outside with my family with some good food and laughter.  Continue Reading…

appetizers/ canning

Refrigerator Pickled Tomatoes

Refrigerated Pickled Tomatoes

The farmers markets are about to explode with tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colors.  In my own garden, my tomatoes are starting to produce and I can’t wait to pick the first ones.  It’s a sure sign that summer is near. This Refrigerated Pickled Tomatoes recipe is perfect for a charcuterie board, salads, sandwiches, grilling and more. And a great way to use up all those adorable cherry tomatoes you couldn’t resist picking up at the market!

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Lifestyle

Happy Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day, Slow Food USA is hosting their annual, “Give What You Can Day” to become a member!  That means, instead of the usual $60, you can join Slow Food USA for any amount!

I love being a member of my local Slow Food chapter.  I’ve met so many like minded people.  I’m actually heading out today to volunteer with some of our local food preservers to teach a free class on canning. Slow Food USA works at preserving biodiversity, teaching kids to grow their own food, and so much more.  To learn more and find a local chapter where you live, head over to Slow Food USA today.

And Happy Earth Day everyone!

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Lifestyle

Farmers Market Finds

The Santa Monica Farmers Market on Arizona is one of the bigger LA Farmers Markets and has a great selection of produce!  Here are a few things I picked up this week:

apples: Ha’s Apple Farm, Kern County, CA

blueberries and strawberries: Pudwill Berry Farms, San Luis Obispo, CA

spinach: Maggie’s Farm, Ventura, CA

lettuce: Smith Farms, Orange County, CA and The Garden Of…, Los Olivos, CA

celery: Fresno Evergreen, Fresno, CA

Santa Monica has quite a few markets going throughout the week.  The one downtown is on Arizona, every Saturday from 8am – 1pm. (There is also a market here on Wednesdays from 8:30am – 1:30pm) The Saturday market, however, is also known as the organic market, and has the largest percentage of organic growers of all the other SM markets.

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