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Recipe of the Week | Tomato Avocado Salad Plate

Recipe of the Week | Tomato Avocado Salad Plate

  Simple and tasty summer salads don’t get any easier than this. If you have ripe heirloom tomatoes in your vegetable garden, this is one of the tastier salads you’ll ever make. Make it for your family. Make it for your friends. Make it just for the sheer fun of it! Ingredients: 1 ripe red […]

Recipe of the Week | How to Grill The Perfect Artichoke

Recipe of the Week | How to Grill The Perfect Artichoke

We have the most beautiful artichokes growing in our backyard. It’s a joy to look at them through our kitchen window. They are the perfect size and flavor for barbecuing. The perfect artichoke starts with fresh, local artichokes. If you don’t grow them, buy them at your local Farmer’s Market and use them the same […]

Recipe of the Week | Fresh Cucumber-Radish Salad

Recipe of the Week | Fresh Cucumber-Radish Salad

The delicious dressing for this salad comes from the juices that form while the cucumber marinates with garlic, an Arbol chile, lime juice and other ingredients. As a bonus, the fresh mozzarella pairs well with the marinated cucumbers.   Ingredients: 2 long English cucumbers (Don’t peel. Cut into 1-inch chunks) 3 garlic cloves (lightly crushed) […]

Recipe of the Week | Grilled Avocados on Crusty Rosemary-Olive Bread

Recipe of the Week | Grilled Avocados on Crusty Rosemary-Olive Bread

On one of son’s visits home, he turned us on to this wonderfully easy and tasty side dish. Grilling softens the avocados. It also brings out the natural oils that make this fruit tasty and satisfying. When you spread the softened avocado on thick slices of grilled rosemary-olive bread, and add a couple of drops […]

Recipe of the Week | Grilled Portobello Tortas

Recipe of the Week | Grilled Portobello Tortas

  What is a torta? Torta is a Spanish-language word that has various meanings when applied to food but to me it has always meant sandwich. It can be hot or cold and is unbelievably hearty and delicious when properly prepared. When you make a torta with Portobello mushrooms, avocado, a spicy Salvadorian curtido and […]

Recipe of the Week | French Onion Soup

Recipe of the Week | French Onion Soup

This is a very satisfying onion soup recipe. Serve it with or without the French bread and the Gruyere cheese top. The potato peel broth is a separate recipe in itself and is good to make ahead of time for those cold nights or afternoons when you want a tasty homemade soup but don’t have […]

Recipe of the Week | Rustic Mushroom Tart

Recipe of the Week | Rustic Mushroom Tart

It is said that cooking with mushrooms was first mentioned in a 13th century French cookbook. And as late as the nineteenth century, writer and gastronome Alexandre Dumas said, “I confess, that nothing frightens me more than the appearance of mushrooms on the table, especially in a small provincial town.” I’ve never hunted wild mushrooms, […]

Recipe of the Week | Fresh Cucumber-Radish Salad

Recipe of the Week | Fresh Cucumber-Radish Salad

The delicious dressing for this salad comes from the juices that form while the cucumber marinates with garlic, an Arbol chile, lime juice and other ingredients. As a bonus, the fresh mozzarella pairs well with the marinated cucumbers.   Ingredients: 2 long English cucumbers (Don’t peel. Cut into 1-inch chunks) 3 garlic cloves (lightly crushed) […]

Recipe of the Week | Quinoa and Poblano Peppers

Recipe of the Week | Quinoa and Poblano Peppers

This is a relatively quick dish to make. You will love this combination of slightly-hot Poblano peppers, zesty tomato sauce, quinoa filling, and Jack cheese. And with a creamy avocado sauce as a condiment, it has a very fresh taste. In addition to taste, this gluten-free dish looks amazing when plated and/or brought to the […]

Recipe of the Week | The Ojai Burrito

Recipe of the Week | The Ojai Burrito

I think we can all agree that a good burrito is made with fresh ingredients. The right combination of ingredients, however, is what distinguishes a good burrito from a great one. Here are my recommendations for what a great burrito must include at a minimum: Fresh flour tortillas. Handmade tortillas are preferable to store-bought ones. […]

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