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Outdoor Living Trends 2016 – Southern California Style

On Trend For 2016 Colors White is the color of choice for 2016 for outdoor living furniture and accessories; Any shade of white from polar to cream. Start with a neutral palate but mix it up using colorful accessories and textiles. [...]

Asian Melon Salad Recipe

Summer is here! Add this refreshing melon salad for a side at your next BBQ or eat as a simple snack. When making this recipe add equal parts, dress, and mix together. Ingredients: Melons (Cantaloupe and Honey Dew, cubed work well) Sun Gold Tomatoes, halved Cilantro, chopped Mint, chopped Wild Arugula Shallots or Fried Shallot Rinds (Optional) Dressing: [...]

Summer Cooking with Tomatoes & Peppers

HEIRLOOM CHERRY TOMATO “COMPOTE” & CEVICHE ROAST PEPPER RELISH & PICKLING LIQUID Heirloom Cherry Tomato “Compote” Ingredients: Extra virgin Olive Oil – 2 TBS Red Onion minced — 1 cup Garlic minced — 2 cloves Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes — 3 pints Rosemary — 1 sprig Thyme — 1 sprig Salt & Fresh Pepper to taste [...]

Romesco & Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette I shallot, cut minced 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 cup olive oil Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Romesco Sauce 1 large tomato, no core 2 Tbs hazelnuts, toasted with skin removed I ancho chile 2 Tbs, blanched almonds 1 slice firm white bread 2 large cloves garlic, sliced Pinch of [...]

Cooking with Farmer’s Market Vegetables

My trip to the farmer’s market yielded these dishes – simple, flavorful and versatile… Ingredients: 2 ears of Sweet Corn — Shucked, cleaned and grilled, when cooled cut the kernels off of the cob 10 small Summer Squashes — Baby if possible, 5 green and 5 yellow cut on bias, tossed in herb oil mixture [...]

Small Plates from Farmhouse

Small plates in restaurants are everywhere. They started as tapas in Spain or dim sum in China, even the courses of fish in a sushi bar. They are fun ways to eat with a great variety. A chance to taste lots of different foods and if you’re not that hungry, a nice option to a [...]

Valentine’s Day Dinner For Two

This Valentine’s weekend try preparing a dinner where you can enjoy spending time together over a fun meal which can be prepped ahead and served with a minimum of heating and plating. Prepping this together can be fun. Almost each component can be made in advance and finished with a minimum effort. […]

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“Super Bowl” Chili Recipe

Three Meat Chili Servings: 8 Ingredients: ¾ cup finely diced red onions ½ cup finely diced brown onions ¾ cup finely diced red bell peppers ¾ cup finely diced green bell peppers ½ gallon canned whole tomatoes with juice, ground or fresh tomatoes, no skin, no seeds, chopped or blended, no juice tomatoes ¾ lb. [...]

Holiday Entertaining by Barbara McGraw

The season for entertaining is here. Whether you’re throwing a big bash or hosting an intimate dinner, you’ll want your home to be beautiful, organized and ready for sharing a memorable time with family and friends. A few tips and some table inspiration will hopefully send you on your way to spread the joy without [...]

Christmas Decorating Trends for 2015 by Eric Cortina

Autumn is finally here, and our thoughts are drawn to the upcoming holiday season. Planning our parties, decorating the tree for Christmas and getting the home ready for guests are all part of this time of year. To help you decide on the direction to go with your decorations this holiday season, I have gathered [...]