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Recipe of the Week | Eggplant, Halloumi Cheese, and Pesto Burger

Recipe of the Week | Eggplant, Halloumi Cheese, and Pesto Burger

Halloumi is a slightly springy white cheese from the Mediterranean isle of Cyprus.  It is traditionally made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk. Its texture is similar to that of whole milk mozzarella and has a strong, salty flavor as a result of the brine in which it is shipped. And here’s the […]

Recipe of the Week | Lemon-Mint Zucchini

Recipe of the Week | Lemon-Mint Zucchini

The combination of fresh lemon and mint with grilled zucchini makes this side dish different. I know you’ll like it. So will your friends and family. Ingredients: 12 baby zucchini (each cut lengthwise into three slices) 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 lemons (zested and juiced) 2 garlic cloves (chopped) ½ teaspoon salt  ¼ cup mint (chopped […]

Recipe of the Week | Fruit Punch (nonalcoholic)

Recipe of the Week | Fruit Punch (nonalcoholic)

Here’s an old school summer cooler that is sure to wet your whistle on a hot summer day. I’ve been making it and serving it to kids of all ages for over 30 years. Good addition to your traditional beverages at your next barbecue.   Ingredients: 6 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed) 6 […]

Endless Summer Picnic Class With Chef Randy

Endless Summer Picnic Class With Chef Randy

Sunday, August 12 – Endless Summer Picnic class from 1 to 3:00p.m. with Chef Randy at the Lavender Inn, 210 East Matilija St. in Ojai. Fall is just around the corner. Why not have one last blow-out family picnic before the end of summer? This class will show you how to do it! You will […]

Recipe of the Week | Potato Scones

Recipe of the Week | Potato Scones

Potato scones, called tattie scones or totties, are common fare in Scotland. An article printed in the travel section of the NY Times in 2005 says that: Ask where the name scone came from, and you may be unwittingly caught up in a local controversy. Many dictionaries — even the Scottish National Dictionary — say […]

Recipe of the Week | Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato Frittata

Recipe of the Week | Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato Frittata

There is something about the combination of asparagus, tomatoes and Fontina cheese that makes this recipe unique. I’ve made this same frittata with a number of different cheeses and always come back to Fontina. Fontina is a versatile cheese often used in egg dishes because it melts easily and compliments, without overpowering, the eggs. Although […]

Recipe of the Week | Bruschetta with Crispy Eggplant

Recipe of the Week | Bruschetta with Crispy Eggplant

Wikipedia says that bruschetta is “toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes.” I say it is a blank canvas upon which you can add any topping of your choice. I like to serve it with a sparkling wine. The history of the bruschetta dates from the Etruscans. It […]

Recipe of the Week | Harissa-Spiced Potatoes with Lemon

Recipe of the Week | Harissa-Spiced Potatoes with Lemon

Harissa is North Africa’s favorite hot sauce. The word for this fiery Tunisian chile paste is derived from the Arabic verb harasa, “to pound” because it is traditionally made with mortar and pestle. The main spices in harissa are hot red chili peppers, coriander seeds, caraway seeds, and cumin. I like to coat Yukon potatoes […]

Chef Randy to teach “Slow Cooking: Delicious & Nutritious” class Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chef Randy to teach “Slow Cooking: Delicious & Nutritious” class Sunday, March 18, 2018

“Slow Cooking: Delicious & Nutritious” class Sunday, March 18, 2018 @1:00 p.m. with author and private chef Randy Graham. Randy says, “Let’s start the new year off with a slow bang! A slow cooker bang, that is.” In this class you will learn how to creatively use your slow cooker. You will learn to make […]

Recipe of the Week: Chia Seed Pudding

Recipe of the Week: Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are low in calories and high in nutrients and dietary fiber. In addition to beneficial fats and fatty acids, chia seeds provide a healthy amount of minerals including calcium, potassium, manganese, and zinc. What could be better than a dessert recipe that tastes as good as it is nutritious?   Ingredients: 1 cup […]

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