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Recipe of the Week: Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe of the Week: Butternut Squash Soup

Editor’s Note: Chef Randy’s column regularly runs on Wednesdays.  However, with the upcoming holiday, and all the cooking we’ll be doing, including Chef Randy, we are running this wonderful recipe on Sunday. You’ll have plenty of time to add it to your festive menu for Thanksgiving day.  Chef Randy: What is the difference between a […]

My Mother’s Turkey with Stuffing–easiest holiday recipe ever

My Mother’s Turkey with Stuffing–easiest holiday recipe ever

    My mother couldn’t cook.  Everyone in the family knew it, and most of the neighborhood kids, who made every effort to avoid eating at our house.  But the one thing that lady could make was Thanksgiving turkey.  Now her recipe is just as easy as when she devised a way to cheat fate […]

Ojai chef and author Randy Graham has a new cookbook, Ojai Valley Slow Cooker Cookbook

Ojai chef and author Randy Graham has a new cookbook, Ojai Valley Slow Cooker Cookbook

In the introduction to this new cookbook, Randy says: This cookbook is written for my single mom friends and for all of my friends who have expressed a need to eat nutritiously, but don’t have the time to plan, prep, and cook after a long day of work. It boasts 19 tried-and-true slow cooker double […]

Recipe of the Week: Panko-Portobello Mushroom Burger

Recipe of the Week: Panko-Portobello Mushroom Burger

  Ingredients: 4 Portobello mushrooms (cleaned and gills removed) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole milk 2 cups panko breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper Grapeseed oil for frying (or vegetable oil) 4 brioche buns (sliced in half) 1 large ripe avocado 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice ¼ teaspoon Sriracha sauce ½ […]

Recipe of the Week: Breakfast Baby Dutch Babies

Recipe of the Week: Breakfast Baby Dutch Babies

From Chef Randy: Dutch baby pancakes, sometimes called German pancakes or Dutch puffs, are a hybrid of pancake, crepe, and popover — all in one skillet. I like to pour the batter into a mini-muffin pan and serve them like popovers as opposed to puffy pancakes. Your friends and family will smile when you bring these to […]

Recipe of the Week: Cream Cheese Dip

Recipe of the Week: Cream Cheese Dip

  The holiday season is fast approaching.  Time to get ready with some yummy treats!   Ingredients: 1 small can crushed pineapple-drained 2 Tbs chopped onion 1/c cup chopped green pepper 2 packages of 8 oz. cream cheese 2 cups chopped pecans Celery salt to taste   Directions:  Mix all ingredients together.  Serve on celery […]

Recipe of the Week: Curried Chicken And Rice

Recipe of the Week: Curried Chicken And Rice

Ingredients: 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1 cup long-grained rice 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed and drained   Directions: Cut chicken […]

Recipe of the Week: Sausage and Tomato Rigatoni

Recipe of the Week: Sausage and Tomato Rigatoni

Ingredients: 4 cups rigatoni pasta (8 oz.) uncooked 1 b. Italian sausage, cut into chunks 1 medium red onion, sliced 1/4 cup tomato pasta 1/4 cup Sun-Dried tomato vinaigrette dressing 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese   Directions: Cook pasta as directed on package Brown sausage in large nonstick skillet: drain Stir in onions […]

Recipe of the Week: Beefless Stew with Sofrito

Recipe of the Week: Beefless Stew with Sofrito

Aromatic and savory, sofrito is a condiment, sauce, and a base for many Caribbean dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and  Cuba. In short, it is super versatile. And it is flavorful. Super flavorful.  Sofrito has its origins in Spanish cuisine and typically consists of onions sautéed in oil with ingredients like garlic, […]

Recipe of the Week: Baked Apples

Recipe of the Week: Baked Apples

It’s harvest time! Ingredients:  8 medium baking apples  Note: Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith are      good baking apples 1/2 cup apple or orange juice 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 cup grated reduced fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup chopped walnuts   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 […]

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