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Rustic Apple Tart with Almond Paste and Tart-Sweet Sundowner Apples

Still planning holiday desserts? Rustic Apple Tart’s a FAB easy-to-bake treat…inspired by browsing through a recent Earth & Vine ‘Provisions’ catalog recipe and photos on the side of a box of Odense Almond Paste. Baked this simple apple tart with two Sundowner® (Cripps Red) apples, leaving skins on the thin slices. Sundowner apples  (available November […]

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Prize Winning Preserves: Honey Rose Petal Jam ~ Best of Show!

~ This lovely, subtle, sophisticated jam needs a day or two to mellow, blending the flavors (a month is even better). The honey tones are dominant, the rose more of a aromatic nuance and secondary flavor. It’s best for savoring. Honey Rose Petal Jelly 8oz~$16ea, 4oz~$10ea, 2oz Gift Basket Sampler Jars~$7ea *Out-of-Stock* We’ll be making […]

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Meyer Lemon Sugar ~ An EASY & QUICK Baking Condiment!

Meyer Lemon Inspirations 2010 ~ Recipe #4 Ran across this simple baking ‘condiment’ in my old, out-of-print, “A World of Breads” cookbook by Dolores Casella. [David White Company, New York, 1966.] She lists a section of ‘Flavored Sugars’ in Chapter 10 ~ Yeast Raised Coffee Cakes and Sweet Rolls introducing them with these comments: “Flavored […]

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Asparagus and Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pizza

Meyer Lemon Inspirations 2010 ~ Recipe #2 With a delicate fresh flavor, protein packed ricotta cheese brightened with Meyer lemon makes a wonderful base for seasonal asparagus in this deliciously unusual, quick, easy-to-make pizza. This is the second recipe in a series of lemony delights that I’ve been cooking in March & April inspired by […]

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Heirloom Tomato Tastings! Entice Farm Market Crowds

Invited my friend, Sandy, to accompany me to the 2009 Santa Rosa Farmers Market Heirloom Tomato Tasting on the last Saturday of September. I’d heard about these sorts of events for years, but never managed to get myself to one. I grew heirloom tomatoes for over a decade, until our maturing ‘postage stamp’ property became […]

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Avocado Ice Cream with a Twist

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER are Indian Summer time in northern California. It’s hot ~ sometimes much TOO hot like last week, when temperatures were in the mid-to-high 90sF (35C). As we wilt under fiercely sunny skies, chilled melon, cucumbers, and vine-ripened tomatoes beckon. Cold fruit smoothies, vanilla malt shakes, Starbucks Frappuccinos, and ice cream tempt even […]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed, Roasted Figs & Tropical Blossom Honey

AUTUMN IS FIG SEASON! Fresh figs don’t keep long, so eat your fill… NOW. A few months ago, our friends Bee & Jai came up with a challenging CLICK! event: Bi-Color. SO wanted to participate. To rise to their challenge. Looked through what the CLICK! participants had submitted. Surveyed my own collection of food photos….all […]

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Creamy Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus ‘Butter’

~ Am planning to make candied citrus peels & slices for the holidays, so we should have a small supply of Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus Syrup and/or Butter. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll keep some for you! Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus Butter *Out-of-Stock* 8oz~$12 ea, 4oz~$7ea, 2oz~$5 Gift Basket Sampler […]

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