For the second year in a row, my daughter and I have traveled to Fresno, the agricultural heart of California. We visit many fruit stands and farms and this year came home with four pounds of blueberries from Berry Lady Farms.
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…
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!
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!
April 22 will mark the global celebration of Earth Day, started in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson after observing the devastation of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Growing up on the west coast just south of Santa Barbara, I can recall how ‘normal’ it was to come home after a day on the beach and clean the tar off my feet.
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
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.
My goodies from a few great vendors at the Calabasas Farmers Market…
Grapes: G Farms
Tangerines: Verni’s Farms, Fresno, CA
Potatoes: JR Farms, Fresno, CA
Artichokes, potatoes, lettuce and kale: Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark, CA
Blueberry bagels: Les Délices du Four French Bakery
Sheep milk yogurt: Bonjour! Yogurt
Tzatziki and pita chips: Brothers Products
Peach Cobbler: Sharon’s Heavenly Cobblers
The Calabasas Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8-1. Located on Calabasas Road in Old Town Calabasas.
Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Our pets are a big part of our family so I don’t mind spoiling them when I can. I’ve never made my own dog treats, but I thought this would be a fun baking project and a way to give our Lab, Zoe, some homemade, healthy dog treats. Continue Reading…
I’ve been hearing a lot about Ketogenic diets for a while now, but I never really dove in to see what all the fuss was about. Friends have lost weight and said how good they feel eating Keto, so I was intrigued when this new book came my way: The Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: A Low-Carb Approach to the Fresh-and-Delicious, Heart-Smart Lifestyle
Head on over to Orcutt Ranch for their annual community grapefruit picking this weekend. Orcutt Ranch is located in West Hills, in LA county. If you’ve never been to one of their picks, it’s a super fun community event, perfect for kids, and the price can’t be beat.
These sun ripened candies definitely make me feel a little less guilty when I eat a handful at a time. Just repeat after me, “It’s fruit, so it must be oaky!” Join me in my mantra as we make Candied Orange Peels.
There’s no way another cookie can look more like a winter wonderland then these Snow Topped Brownie Drops – a delicious Brownie-Cookie mashup!