Lamb Sliders with Spinach: Seasoned with Hatch Chiles

Lamb Sliders

Tonight The Farmer and I sat out on the porch and enjoyed these juicy and lean Lamb Sliders, seasoned with Hatch Chile salsa and Spinach coated in a Tangerine Hatch Chile dressing.  It was a one of those evenings with a soft cool breeze, and these tasty sliders were the perfect supper for the two of us.

American Lamb Tour

I was inspired by a tour hosted by the American Lamb Board  in conjunction with  the International Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento, CA. last week.  We drove out to Dixon, Ca. to meet Ryan Mahoney,  a sheep rancher and family man Continue reading

Our Anniversary Getaway and a Pot of Chicken Soup

lemon curry chicken soup

There’s no better time to make a big pot of soup than a rainy Sunday morning here on the avocado ranch! Just chop up some onions, celery, and carrots…and take a look in the pantry to see what might be good with the chicken!

rain-in-avocado-trees

We’re so happy to have a day of rain … every drop helps us with the challenging drought here in California.  The other reason we love rain is that we can take some time away from the farm,  since the trees won’t need to be irrigated while the rain is falling!

This weekend we are celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary.  It’s hard to believe it has been such a long time since our wedding day!  Where did the time go?   Our children were born in the first 6 years,  and then we were busy doing the things that all busy families do.  Even when our children were young, we would try to get away by ourselves for a few hours or overnight to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  This year we decided at the last minute to drive up to  Huntington Beach,  only about an hour away.

Hilton Huntington Beach

About an hour before we were ready to leave on Thursday, I called the Hilton Waterfront Resort Continue reading

Melissa’s Winter Wonderland Challenge: Holiday Coffee Cake with Fresh Fruit

coffee cake  The San Diego Food Bloggers have been put to the test once more!  Melissa’s Produce provided each of us with a box of beautiful treasures and a challenge to make two new recipes:  one sweet and one savory!    We were given some Korean pears,  Christmas Crunch seedless table grapes,  and some seedless, juicy, and sweet Jeju Mandarins with instructions to use all three in a sweet recipe for the holidays. Continue reading

Harvest Salad with Glazed Butternut Squash, Pearl Onions and Warm Apple Cider Vinaigrette

butternut squash and pearl onions

Butternut squash and pearl onions are having a party in this Harvest Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette to celebrate Melissa’s Produce Fall Challenge with the San Diego Food Bloggers.  The colors of the holidays are already dancing together as the cranberries and pine nuts peek through the lettuce and herb mix like tiny ornaments.

butternut squash and rosemary

 

A group of San Diego Food Bloggers, organized by Barbara of BarbaraCooks.com,  are sharing our recipes today.  Each of us is eagerly wondering what everyone will  come up with for this Melissa’s Produce challenge.  Here’s how it works:  Melissa’s Produce sends us each a box of assorted items to use in a recipe.   We choose at least 3 of the items and add only 1-2 other items to make our dish.

Melissa's-Ingredients

Those of you who know me well are already shaking your heads, because you know that I have been obsessing over what to make and which items to use for days already.  Thank you, Melissa’s Produce!  I loved everything in the box!  Dutch yellow potatoes for roasting,  a fresh butternut squash, fresh shallots and pearl onions,  peeled and steamed baby potatoes, fava beans, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans….plus pine nuts and dried cranberries!  What would you make if you received these items?   Continue reading

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