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Favorite Books from 2017

healthy cookbooks 2017

Sure you can find anything you want on the world wide web… but books!  I love books.  Nothing can replace flipping through a cookbook, as far as I’m concerned. And when it’s coupled with great photos, I’m all in.  There are so many great books that come out every year.  So many cookbooks, so little time. I know I missed a bunch, but here are a few of my favorite cookbooks from 2017 and a few fav homesteading books worth picking up, too.

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Fuyu Persimmons (and what to do with them)

what to do with fuyu persimmons

fuyu persimmons

You know Fall has officially arrived when the markets start filling up with Persimmons. These beautiful orange globes originated in Asia, then found their way to the United States in 1851. Persimmons (from the genus Diospyros) are packed with vitamins A, B and C, as well as manganese.  They are a fantastic source of fiber and contain many antioxidants and gallocatechins (a tumor inhibitor). Two thousand different cultivators exist, with 20 fairly well known varieties available in many markets. In most US markets however, you’ll find the two most commercially available varieties from September – December: Hachiaya and Fuyu persimmons.

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Farmers Market Finds

produce from westlake village farmers market

Just a bit north of Los Angeles, on the way to Thousand Oaks, is Westlake Village.  They have a great Sunday market that is fairly large and diverse.  Many of my favorite vendors are here from my usual Saturday market in Calabasas, so if I can’t make it on a Saturday, I’ll head 10 minutes up highway 101 to catch the Westlake Village Farmers Market.

My garden has been so prolific, we didn’t need much today. (There was also a croissant from Breadbarand a cheese danish from Les Delices Du Four Bakery, but those obviously didn’t make it back home for this photo!)

We also picked some beautiful sunflowers from Rob and Isa Floral, in Carpinteria, CA.

farmers market sunflowers

The Westlake Village Farmers Market :


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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