Tangerine Blondies with Chocolate and Pecans

April 25, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Tangerine Blondies with Chocolate and Pecans

Tangerine Blondies with Chocolate and Pecans

Today I’m excited to share these Tangerine Blondies with you,  and the story about how they happened in my kitchen.  I don’t usually bake with citrus fruits, but after this latest discovery I’ll be doing more of it!

Are you a tangerine lover?  It’s so hard to wait until those gorgeous little oranges are perfectly sweet and ready to eat!  The Tango mandarin oranges that we grow here on the ranch are in season, so I have been looking for ways to use those sweet, seedless beauties in recipes. Continue Reading →

cheddar, avocado, and onion patty melt

February 18, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Chipotle Cheddar, Avocado, and Onion Patty Melt

cheddar, avocado, and onion patty melt I was thinking about our dating days this week, after our 35th Valentine’s Day together.   We used to go out to Bob’s Big Boy when we were dating, and one of our favorite meals was the Patty Melt.  The nice thing about a patty melt is the lack of the big bun,  so a little extra cheese is easily justifiable.

How to Make a Chipotle, Avocado, and Onion Patty Melt

burgers

Start with good beef,  lean but not the very leanest.  This is ground round, with 15% fat.  Nice and flavorful when there’s a little fat!  I shaped the patties to fit perfectly on a piece of sourdough toast.  Season with salt and pepper.

cheddar and avocado

While the burgers are cooking,  cut some good cheddar cheese and perfectly ripe avocado.  Tonight I used Cabot Chipotle Cheddar to add a little kick!  Those slices are just the right size for my custom-shaped patties. Continue Reading →

avocado toast

January 24, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Avocado Sunshine on Toast: Winter Fun

avocado toast

We were thrilled to get 3 inches of rain earlier this month,  and equally thrilled to be able to  take a week off from irrigating the avocado groves to do some local touring with friends who were visiting us from Vermont.   Today I’m sharing some of our Fuerte avocado deliciousness and some fun places to visit when you’re in the San Diego area.

As much as we love our winter rains,  it’s great to have some sunshine on our toast for breakfast!  With Fuerte avocado season in full swing, we’ve been enjoying creamy avocado slices every morning with our  eggs and on toast.  Fuerte avocados are known for their characteristic full nutty flavor.  Come to think of it,  I think they are my all time favorites!

Fuerte avocados

How to Enjoy Fuerte Avocados on Toast

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January 23, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Chocolate Pecan Cake: Queen of Hearts

 

Chocolate Pecan Cake

With Valentine’s Day coming up,  it’s time to follow through on my promise to share the recipe for this scrumptious chocolate pecan cake.  I found the recipe that inspired this cake in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, a 2013 James Beard award-winner.   Last October I met both authors at the LDEI Conference in Charleston, SC.  and have been enjoying their book ever since.

The truly exciting part about this cake is the shape.  I love that the hearts come together to form a star in the middle!   The name of this pan Continue Reading →

January 2, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Holiday Favorites

 

Chocolate Pecan Cake

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!   I want to send my sincere wishes for happy blessings to come your way in 2016!  Today I’m sharing some of my holiday favorites,  because I wasn’t able to do much posting throughout November and December.   Just before Thanksgiving we managed to catch a terrible cold virus.   We missed out on all the festivities and stayed in bed for most of a week.  My Thanksgiving holiday favorites this year?  Bowls of hot Cream of Wheat cereal!  To cheer myself up, I used mini cookie cutters to make shapes with the butter. It’s fun to watch it melt,  stir it in, and eat it up while it’s hot.

cream of wheat cereal

First of the Holiday Favorites: Benefit Concert for  Meals On Wheels

One of my  holiday favorites just after Thanksgiving  is the benefit concert
that the Coastal Communities Concert Band performs every year.   I play flute and piano in the band, and I’m also the announcer.  This year was our 21st annual concert to benefit Meals On Wheels.

Meals On Wheels Benefit Concert

Throughout the year, the wonderful volunteers of Meals On Wheels deliver nutritious meals to seniors in our community, taking the time to spend a few minutes in conversation, and keeping a friendly eye open in case that person might need extra attention. Over 3,100 local seniors are served throughout the year and may receive meals for every day, including holidays, enabling many to continue to live independently and stay in their own homes.There are even meals for pets dogs and cats!

Here is something you may not know Continue Reading →

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