The Heirloom Seed Expo (Santa Rosa, CA)

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For the past three years along with the change of seasons, September has ushered in a most amazing national food extravaganza ~ The Heirloom Seed Exposition ~ at the Sonoma county’s fairgrounds (Santa Rosa, CA). 2013’s mid-week fair is happening right now! Today’s the final day of three. If you’re anywhere near by and

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Sonoma Garden Park via CropMobster

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Saturday, Bill and I went on a food adventure! Sonoma Garden Park had a CropMobster listing for picking ripe peaches & heirloom apples off their trees, buying strawberries for preserves, along with tomatoes and veggies for fresh eating…all at awesome ‘Steal of a Deal’ CropMobster prices: Apples $1-lb 50% Off Peaches $1-lb 75% Off Strawberries […]

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Asparagus Pizza with Creamy Goat Chevre and Olive Bruschetta

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There are many classic ways to cook tender asparagus spears, spring’s fleeting gourmet delicacy. If you want a quick, easy dinner, serve this pizza where asparagus stars! A nice change from red sauce, there’s no need to wait for summer tomatoes

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Summer Rainbow Homemade Organic Pizza

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I have to confess, this is not a pizza best made in March. Created it in July last year, when organic tomatoes at our local farm market were hitting their peak. Why post now, when luscious tomatoes are still four months away? A pizza challenge is being held by Vermont Rolling Pins. Love participating in […]

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Black Rice: Add an Element of Dark Drama to your Meals

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Enjoyed some black rice dishes recently at a new-to-us restaurant ‘Gaia’s Garden’ in Santa Rosa. Intrigued and inspired, went searching for black rice at our local grocery stores. Found a delicious black wild rice in bulk at Community Market, our local organic cooperative. And discovered Lundberg offers an heirloom black Japonica rice that’s a mix […]

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Persimmons Apples Pomegranates Make a Lovely Winter Fruit Salad

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Sweet succulent fruit salads, usually summer treats, are a wonderful change from winter’s root cellar fare ~ squashes, potatoes, yams, carrots and beets. Or brassicas & cold-hardy leafy greens: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards and kale. We had been invited to a friend’s open house/birthday celebration at her new home today. She asked her guests to […]

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Hearty Vegetarian Potato Leek Soup with Dinosaur Kale

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It’s cold, even in California’s north San Francisco Bay area. Winter’s short days and long nights put my hubby and me into hibernation mode. We get sleepy almost as soon as the sun goes down (just before 5pm), so we don’t feel energetic enough to make complicated meals for dinner. So we’re making soup again! […]

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Golden Potato & Bok Choy Soup

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Soup’s on! Now in early December, temperatures are nippy outside though we haven’t been hit by ‘hard freeze’ Arctic blasts, yet. A month into natural daylight time, the days are MUCH too short, sending my hubby and me into semi-hiberation mode. Semi-hibernation = Staying indoors too much, getting sleepy mid-afternoon, and tired too early in […]

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