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4 Easy Steps to Canning Tomatoes from your Garden

You have so many tomatoes and you can’t eat them so what can you do with them? Well, you can can them. I have canned up all kinds, cherry, yellow, multi-colored as well as just plain old red tomatoes.  It’s so great to have (almost) fresh tomatoes when they are not available in the garden. [...]

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 [...]