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Fava Bean Toast from one of our favorites, Valleybrink Road.
For the second installment in our day of baking with the always-amazing Elizabeth Colling : Eaton Mess. As with the Cherry Clafoutis, it’s not a dessert I would have attempted if I saw it in a cookbook (too intimidating!) but Elizabeth gave me newfound confidence, and a new sweet favorite. I felt so accomplished making […]
I have known Elizabeth for some time now. She is the sister of my good friend Norah (co-president of Baby2Baby) and is a no-fail favorite when fabulous desserts are in order. She has been making goodies for my Montecito home store and very recently, the most delicious desserts for Rip’s Strawberry Shortcake-themed birthday party. Her […]
With the days getting a bit warmer and longer, I can already feel myself yearning for summer. This Peach Blueberry Pie from the amazingly talented Joy the Baker feels quintessentially so – loaded with delicious, seasonal fruits, and the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue. XXJKE
The final element to our Mother’s Day Tea: inspired cocktails courtesy of a wonderful new discovery, Pharmacie. Led by founder and drinkist Talmadge Lowe, Pharmacie brings a decidedly debonair element to any event – not to mention drinks that are equal parts innovative and delicious. For our tea, Talmadge made two tasty, refreshing sips. The […]
As mentioned earlier this week, our Mother’s Day Tea with The Chalkboard Mag was a beautiful success. One of the key ingredients: the delectable menu from Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections. We were fortunate enough to have enjoyed Valerie’s treats and instruction at our Valentine’s Day cooking class, and to have her provide the goodies for this special get-together was just as sweet.
I’ve mentioned my love for all things Gwyneth in previous posts, and her clean-eating cookbook, It’s All Good, is definitely at the top of that list. Her simple, delicious recipe for avocado toast is one of my favorites – it’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack – and will forever be one of my easy go-to’s.
I recently discovered Sweet Lady Cook’s amazing jams and butters and fell in love with her products – and beautiful packaging – and had to have them for my Montecito store.
I always love a lentil soup, and this hearty and delicious version from Barrett at Valleybrink Road is no exception. Healthy and filling, it is a meal that my whole family enjoys.
We were lucky enough to enjoy Claire Thomas’ incredible vegan treats at our most recent cooking class and luncheon, but she also prepared some non-vegan desserts that were simply too good not to share. On the sweet menu: Braised Dried Apricot Mascarpone Bars, Brown Butter Doughnuts with Blackberry Glaze, and Rosewater Glazed Brown Butter Madeleines.
As mentioned previously, I love Brussels sprouts, and usually find myself cooking them. This time of year, however, I love to enjoy them raw, and this incredibly easy and delicious recipe from Pamela Salzman is one of my favorite ways to do so.
It’s hard to beat the perfect plate of pasta, and this one from Valleybrink Road is right up there with some of the best. It’s also a testament to the fact that overly-complicated doesn’t necessarily mean better – so easy and so yummy, it is one of my husband’s very favorites.
I recently included Good Eggs in my post on Almond Milk LA, but wanted to share a bit more about this incredible site and delivery service. Basically an online farmers market, Good Eggs offers locally grown and made items, delivered to your door or (if you choose) a free local pick up spot. They have everything from fruits and veggies, dairy and eggs, meats and seafood and baked goods and sweets, to local meals and snacks, pantry staples and drinks, and gifts and goodies.
I mentioned Pamela’s beyond delicious Roasted Delicata Squash and Apple Salad in my Holiday Dinner post, but I couldn’t help but feature it again. It was such a standout from the meal that I have been making it all winter, and literally cannot get enough.