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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. […]

Recipe of the Week | Eggs in Purgatory

Recipe of the Week |  Eggs in Purgatory

There are a number of recipes for this lost classic. Looking to create a recipe with my signature on it, I went to the store to get the ingredients for the recipe below. So when I saw a foodie friend walk into the store, we talked for a moment about this dish. I asked about […]

Recipe of the Week | Pupusas y Curtido

Recipe of the Week | Pupusas y Curtido

Want a fun, different, and fulfilling dish? Try pupusas. A pupusa is a stuffed tortilla usually served with a spicy coleslaw called curtido. This recipe makes both. Pupusas originated in El Salvador, but emigrants have taken the dish to South and North American. They are hand-made and thick. Like all corn tortillas, pupusas are made […]

LIFESTYLE | Pizza Party! Learn to make restaurant quality pizza with Chef Randy

LIFESTYLE | Pizza Party! Learn to make restaurant quality pizza with Chef Randy

In this hands-on class, private chef and author Randy Graham will show you how to make restaurant quality pizza at home using pizza stones and traditional ingredients. In addition, there will be a pizza surprise so come hungry! Recipes and copies of his most recent cookbook are included in the $75 cost of the class. […]

Recipe of the Week | Roasted Red Pepper and Carrot Soup

Recipe of the Week | Roasted Red Pepper and Carrot Soup

  This is a popular vegan soup if for no other reason than it is easy to make and goes from the stove to the table in 60 minutes. In addition, the carrots and bell peppers have beta-carotene, which is a good source of anti-oxidants. The combination of carrots and red bell peppers provides a […]

Recipe of the Week | Mushroom Bourguignon

Recipe of the Week | Mushroom Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon is a traditional French recipe. According to the website The French Traveler, “This dish is prepared by braising the beef in a full-bodied, classic red (Burgundy) wine.  It is then stewed with potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and well-seasoned (during the stewing process) with a bouquet garni , or a small satchel of thyme, […]

Recipe of the Week | Vegetable Barley Soup

Recipe of the Week | Vegetable Barley Soup

  This is a hearty vegan soup that is as tasty as it is easy to prepare. Even better than that, barley is a wholesome, highly nutritious grain and is thought to be an excellent food choice for those concerned about type-2 diabetes. It contains essential vitamins (niacin & thiamine) and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc) […]

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