When I first moved to Southern California in 1977 I felt guilty. How would we deserve the beauty of springtime if we hadn’t endured the long hard winters of snow shoveling and difficult driving that I grew up with in Vermont? I don’t worry about winter-guilt anymore because I’ve seen what winter weather can do in California! If we don’t get rains, we have drought. If we do get rains, we have flooding. But after the rains, we have those crisp, clear days when a big bowl of soup topped with sliced Fuerte avocados is well deserved! This week I made Chicken Tortilla Soup — perfect for avocado slices–and today the sun is shining so I took a walk outside. Continue reading
It’s that time of year when Fuerte avocados are perfectly ripe and full of flavor. Pear-shaped with a thinner skin than Hass avocados, Fuertes have a unique nutty flavor, and if you have enjoyed a Fuerte avocado you are nodding your head right now. Continue reading
Today I’m sharing an easy, refreshing salad that is perfect for a weekday meal or as part of your Thanksgiving feast! The colors are festive, and the sweet nutty flavor of the greens pairs beautifully with crunchy apple and walnuts in this fresh fall salad. Optional gorgonzola is a creamy accent for blue cheese lovers.
After visiting the California Endive Farm last summer, I’m using Belgian endive Continue reading
You say tomato and I say “to-mah-to”, but both pronunciations of the word mean the same thing, right? Not so with “endive”! Whether you say “N-Dive” or “Ahn-Deev” makes a big difference! Although they are both members of the chickory family, they are completely different.
If you say “N-Dive” you are talking about a curly edged green that is grown outside. It can be called curly endive, and other plants that are related to it are escarole and frisee. If you say “Ahn -Deev” you are describing Belgian endive, with tightly packed leaves and an elongated shape that is grown indoors in complete darkness.
During the International Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento, Ca. I was thrilled to visit California Endive Farms as part of a pre-conference tour. Continue reading
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