Monthly Archives: February 2013

Limes, Lemons And Salt

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The very first time I ever had preserved lemons was when Virginia Ripley came over with some and suggested that we add it to my arugula salad. She chopped up the skin and away we went. It was so good! That was some years ago and since then I’ve been mesmerized by the stuff, curious, and always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking. And then there came the book Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. They have a few recipes that call for preserved lemon and of course, a recipe for preserving lemons. When we were up in Watsonville this past month with our old friends Disa Fink and Niels Thomsen (wintercoatbeer.dk) at Mariquita Farm with Julia Wiley (mariquita.com), Julie pulled out a jar of preserved LIMES which...

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Mariquita Farm Inspired….

Monday, 25 February 2013

The genius Danish brewer Niels Thomsen (wintercoat.dk) aka Euro-man and his wife Disa Fink (my oldest friend in the world, who I met on our first day of Kindergarten) were in town visiting Disa’s parents. We decided that we needed to take a road trip together for a couple of reasons (actually we planned it before they came in to town) to see Julia Wiley and Mariquita Farm in Watsonville and then drive down through the Big Sur Coast and home. We started on Friday, February 15th with our first stop, Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was a gorgeous, warm day and we took this photo of the four of us in town. We piled into the car and headed on down the road with Disa DJ’ing. Our next stop was in Paso Robles where we had dinner...

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Monday, 18 February 2013

There’s always so much to look forward to each growing season isn’t there? We love Fall/Winter vegetables. Squash, root vegetables, and all. Truth is, we can get all vegetables all year round where we live but there’s something about eating seasonal vegetables in season that feels just right. I’ve been making (and eating other peoples’) Fall/Winter vegetable dishes for a few months now. I’ve eaten quite a few different dishes and have been honing in my favorites. One of the absolute best – and beloved by my family and friends who have eaten with us – and that I’ve made over and over is once again from Jerusalem Yogam Ottolenghi’s second beautiful book – this time with co-author/chef Sami Tamimi. Yotam’s a genius...

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