A Few Words About Charlie Trotter | Scrambled Egg Stack with Hash of Chanterelle Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Onions, and Kale Recipe

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Charlie Trotter died this morning. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and much, much younger than the age my husband is now. (shudder) Mr. Trotter is one of my culinary heroes, and I was very much hoping to meet him someday. [In brighter news, our White Silkie laid her first eggs this week.] You see, Charlie Trotter never went… 

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A New Autumn Garden for the RGB | Claro’s Italian Market Zuppa Toscana

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For me, the highlight of last weekend was a solo drive through the mountains, at sunrise, just so I could see the Autumn colors. (And, to take my puppy on his first five-mile mountain hike.) Hands down, it’s my favorite time of year. … Inspired by what I saw, I later roped the kids into… 

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Quail Egg and 00 Flour Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash, Browned Butter and Fried Sage Leaves

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For me, Meatless Monday is a way to stretch my culinary muscles. Think outside the carnivore box. Mix it up a bit. And, after many weeks of attempting such challenge, I can safely say this: Easier said than done. Problem # 1: I like my swimmers. I definitely like my flyers. And I loooooove my grazers…. 

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Packing for Idyllwild | New England Style Clam Chowder with Garden Leeks, Gold Potatoes, and Fresh Chives

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Photo: First Autumn sunset in Idyllwild this year. Also, a bird in flight. I get now why people have second homes. Especially in beautiful places. About once a year, I pack up the whole family (this year, it’s the husband, children, and dogs), and go someplace quiet for an entire week. And I pack an… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Butter Braised Sage Leaves, and Ground Fennel Seed

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I tried holding onto summer. I really did. But then I spent a week in the mountains, and saw the Halloween paraphernalia. Everywhere. In the pharmacy, the video store (they still exist!), the pizza parlor, the grocery store. Everywhere. Even the latest Williams Sonoma catalog is full of white gourds, orange tureens, gold leaves, and otherwise… 

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Putting Together the Vision | Saison Diego Clams with San Marzano Tomatoes and Backyard Garden Leeks Recipe

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And then all of a sudden, I see things differently. Not clearly. Just differently. Since making this announcement, I’m not just thinking about what tastes good anymore. I have to think about what looks good. What smells good. And then it has to be priced good, so I can make a profit. Does it fit… 

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California Fig Fest Blog-Hop | Black Mission Fig Jam with Orange Blossom Honey and Meyer Lemon Zest

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For those of you that read about our special announcement in the last blog post, thank you. Thank you for being here, reading along, and following our journey. I still can’t believe this may be happening. We’re still waiting to see if the deal is a go from the owner’s end; we’ll know more in the weeks… 

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An Announcement | Canyons of Escalante, Southern Utah | Chardonnay Poached King Salmon Spread with Sauteed Onions, Horseradish Cream and Fresh Dill

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On a Tuesday afternoon, I left my husband, kids, and (most of) my dogs at home. And then I did something I’m quite certain I’d never done: I hopped into a car with someone I barely knew, crossed four states into a land I’d never seen, and spent five days in a place I didn’t know… 

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Southern Utah | Shirred Eggs with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Toasted Ciabatta

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Sometimes, I don’t choose breakfast. Breakfast chooses me. Specifically, last Sunday’s Travel section cover story in the local paper highlighted an area of the world that I was just in not two weeks ago. My trip to Southern Utah was amazing. And I mean that in the exact sense of the word: stunning, astonishing, even… 

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Sweet Corn Chowder with Roasted Vegetables, Garden Chives and Bolted Cilantro Recipe

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We all have a past life, don’t we? Or is it just me? Every now and again, I think about my past life. I lived in Oregon. It rained a lot. I was (mostly) miserable. And I was convinced I had nothing in common with the food growin’, chicken totin’ hippies that looked like mop dogs… 

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Scrambled Egg Stack with Hash of Sweet Potato, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Kale Recipe

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Let’s call this post: How to impress your house guest with a scrambled egg breakfast. … My spring garden pot with Tuscan kale and purple basil. The husband went out of town this weekend so a girlfriend stopped by to keep me company. In actuality, I begged her to sleep over because I didn’t want… 

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A New Reality | Chicken Marsala Stew with Zucchini and Tuscan Kale

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It’s been almost three months since two toddlers showed on our doorstep and I became a Parent. Most of time, I don’t really think about the transition. But then there are nights like tonight; I was late getting out of the office, starving, cranky (because I was starving)… and all I wanted to do was get in… 

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My First Catering Fail | Peanut Butter and Boysenberry Jelly Bars

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It was bound to happen: My first-ever catering fail. About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to cater sweets for a corporate baby shower. The guest of honor (pappa-to-be) met me at my car to help me unload, and then wheeled in the boxes of cupcakes. The time: 9:45 AM; fifteen minutes to spare… 

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Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs | Nabeyaki Udon with Oyster Mushrooms, Fresh Upland Cress and Chicken Egg

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Let’s talk about Salmonella for a minute. You can’t tell by looking at an egg whether or not it contains Salmonella (a bacteria that is the number one culprit in foodborne illness). Further, chickens carry the bacteria in their bodies and pass it to the forming egg yolk and whites while the egg is forming… 

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New England Style Clam Chowder with Andouille Sausage, Fresh Corn and Mushrooms

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About a month ago, I had the privilege of meeting Chef Johnny Prep while he was in town to teach local kids how to eat healthy. Johnny brought with him (from Michigan via checked luggage) not one, not two, but THREE different soups for us to try. One of them was a delicious New England style… 

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Leffe Blonde Beer Mussels with Fennel and Shallots

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Saturday morning, I fought eight aisles of parking lot traffic to score a front-and-center spot. And it was shaded. (!!!) I used every American dollar I had on me to buy two types of hummus, garlic dip, strawberries, and lemongrass. (The lemongrass was $1.50 for a bunch the diameter of a baseball. For those uninitiated,… 

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Chipotle and Adobo Spiced Cocktail Meatballs in a Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Backyard parsley in the morning garden light.  Happy Monday! On one hand, time changes suck. But on the other… it means we get more daylight, and more daylight makes both my edible garden and my backyard chickens very, very happy. We’re all very much looking forward to spring. …

Chicken Tacos with Queso Fresco and Fresh Cilantro

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The A-Ha Moment. I’m embarrassed to admit that it took us 21 days to figure out that our Mexican foster kids like TACOS. And even then, we only figured it out by accident. While Barry worked at installing our brand new pot rack! (so we could convert the existing pots and pans drawer to the… 

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A Very Special Thank You | Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles

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It’s March: I’m so very happy that our backyard chickens are laying again. These pale green and dark brown eggs were perfect candidates for this weekend’s baking project. … About three weeks ago, we welcomed into the brood: two little foster kids. The girl is 23 months old. Her brother is three and a half. It… 

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