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Recipe of the Week: Fresh Summer Salad

Recipe of the Week: Fresh Summer Salad

Mozzarella cheese became widespread throughout Italy in the eighteenth century, before which it had only been produced in small quantities. I’m glad it is available worldwide and especially where I live on California’s central coast. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato-based salad with fresh mozzarella cheese. Fresh mozzarella is a soft, mild white cheese […]

Recipe of the Week: Ploughman’s Lunch

Recipe of the Week: Ploughman’s Lunch

  A ploughman is a farmhand. You may already know that a ploughman’s lunch is: . . . a cold meal originating in the United Kingdom, commonly served in pubs. Its core components are cheese, pickle and bread. It is traditionally eaten with beer. The dish can also include such items as boiled eggs, ham […]

Learn How to make restaurant quality pizza from Author and Chef Randy Graham — August 13th in Ojai!

Learn How to make restaurant quality pizza from Author and Chef Randy Graham — August 13th in Ojai!

Ojai author and private chef Randy Graham will show you how to make restaurant quality pizza at home using pizza stones and traditional ingredients. In addition, there will be a pizza surprise so come hungry! Recipes are included and signed copies of his Ojai Valley cookbooks will be available for purchase. The class will be […]

Recipe of the Week: Garden Fresh Tomato Tarte Tatin

Recipe of the Week: Garden Fresh Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart of apples or other fruit. According to the website WhatsCookingAmerica, legend has it that Tarte Tartin originated in France: Two French sisters, Carolina (1847-1911) and Stephine Tatin (1838-1917), created the tart. The sisters lived in Lamotte-Beuvron, a small rural town in the Loire Valley of France, owned and ran the […]

Recipe of the Week: Three-Cheese Lasagna

Recipe of the Week: Three-Cheese Lasagna

Randolph Graham: I was going to call this recipe “Three-Cheese, Three-Layer Lasagna with Burnt Marinara.” What? you might ask. Let me explain. Robin makes a wonderful marinara sauce that takes a couple of hours to reduce down and is amazing. Is it burnt? Kinda-sorta. Maybe. I prefer to say it is slow-roasted on the stovetop. This […]

Recipe of the Week: Tortellini Spinach Mushroom Skillet for Two

Recipe of the Week: Tortellini Spinach Mushroom Skillet for Two

Randolph Graham: A simple pan sauce, pasta, and fresh vegetables are just what you need on a hot summer day. This nutritious recipe barely heats up the kitchen and is easy to prepare. What could be better for a mid-week dinner for you and your family? Serve with a fresh loaf of French bread and this […]

Recipe of the Week: Beer-Battered Avocados with Grilled Peach Salsa

Recipe of the Week: Beer-Battered Avocados with Grilled Peach Salsa

  Randolph Graham: The inspiration for this avocado appetizer came from my friend, Sandy S., who asked what I would serve with my grilled peach, avocado, and jalapeno salsa. I thought Beer-battered avocados would go great with my salsa. So I tried it and wham-bam! It was great. Nice combination of textures and flavors. For the […]

Recipe of the Week: Tomato Pie with Toasted Quinoa Crust

Recipe of the Week: Tomato Pie with Toasted Quinoa Crust

  Have you ever considered food as art? I’m not talking food that’s styled for a photo shoot with unappetizing peas painted green or salad greens misted to make them “look” fresh. I’m talking about food you can eat. I’m talking about food that looks so good it is a work of art. Sometimes I […]

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Avocados

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Avocados

  Here’s a spring appetizer that our son, Robert, shared with us. It is sort of a Caprese Salad folded into a grilled avocado. Who’d a thunk it! Easy to prepare, it is full of nutrition, and it doesn’t hurt that it looks and tastes fantastic. Ingredients: 1 clove garlic (minced) 2 tablespoons extra virgin […]

Recipe of the Week: Roasted-Almond Thumb Cookies

Recipe of the Week: Roasted-Almond Thumb Cookies

  As a kid I asked my dad how the impression in these cookies stayed there after baking. He just shrugged and said, “I don’t know the answer son. I just know they are a treat.” As an adult I learned that thumbs are the answer to the perfect jam-filled cookie. Yep. Good old opposable […]

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