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Chocolate Spice Cake

chocolate-spice-cake

Need a little something different to bring to holiday parties this season? This Chocolate Spice Cake screams fall with the hints of anise seed, cloves, cinnamon, and others in the five-spice seasoning that penetrates the decadent chocolate.

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Farmers Market Finds

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My goodies from a few great vendors at the Calabasas Farmers Market

Broccoli, kale, lettuce, celery, strawberries: Frecker Farms, Carpenteria
Pita Chips: Brothers Products
California Mellow Yellow Crazy Cheese Curds: Achadinha Cheese Company
Duck eggs: La Bahn Ranch
Corn, cantaloupe: Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark
Buddhas Hand lemon: Rick’s Seasonal Produce, Fallbrook
Grapes, apples: G Farms
Blackberries: Cortez Farms, Santa Maria
Pastry: France Bakery
Seasoning: Cappy’s Dry Rub
Carrots, cucumbers: Givens Farms, Santa Barbara
Spinach: Kenter Canyon Farms, Sun Valley

The Calabasas Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8-1.  Located on Calabasas Road in Old Town Calabasas.

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Prickly Pear Candy

prickly pear candy

Prickly Pear fruit is one of those rear fruits that grows wild on the side of many roads (and therefore potentially free), is chock-full of nutrients… and is completely ignored by most of us.  But everyone likes candy, so here is a great Prickly Pear Candy recipe.

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October Unprocessed Guest Post

What would happen if you decided to go without any processed food for just one month? Do you think you could? It seems almost strange to think that would be a hard thing to do, but you might be relying on more canned and prepackaged foods then you realize.

Andrew at the Eating Rules food blog, has been running his October Unprocessed challenge since 2010 and it’s participates grow year after year. I think people are hungry for change.  (Pardon the pun.) The site is full of information and recipes to get you started and I’m happy to announce that one of my recipes is being featured in the challenge today: my Savory Cranberry Jam.  Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

savory cranberry jam

The October Unprocessed challenge can be started any time. If you haven’t started but want to give it ago, there’s nothing wrong with November Unprocessed , December Unprocessed … or even 2017 Unprocessed!

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The adorable Kiwi Berry

kiwi berries

You may have walked right past these in your local market, because, well, what the heck?  Usually packaged in plastic clam shells and placed next to the other berries, these green globes (about the size of a strawberry) are fairly new in commercial markets and totally worth going back to the produce section and picking up.

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Main Dishes

Oven Baked Chicken with Rustic Croutons


Oven Baked Chicken with Rustic Croutons

Although we still have some warm days ahead, there is definitely a shift in the weather.  Cooler nights, sweaters, comfort food… these always seem to go together. I don’t know about you but I start getting away from the light salads I’ve been making all summer, and dig through my recipes for something a bit heartier, warm, and well, comforting. Like this Oven Baked Chicken with Rustic Croutons.

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