Winter fruits and veggies

Happy New Year. Here’s a way to celebrate with a healthy, seasonal treat. Kishu tangerine salad Red lettuce leaves, whole and washed, about 5-6 per serving 2-3 tablespoons walnut pieces, toasted, per serving Sections from two peeled Kishu tangerines per serving 2-3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese per serving Dressing: (per serving) Mix 3 tablespoons good…

‘A Christmas Story’ meal

I love, love, love watching “A Christmas Story” as part of our holiday. There’s something so appealing about the story of Ralphie and his single-minded pursuit of a Red Rider BB gun. Food plays a big role in the movie. There’s the classic turkey scene, which leads to the duck beheading, of course. But I…

Holiday treats from the farmers market

  Strawberry/cheese/arugula crostini 1 baguette cut on the diagonal into ¾-inch slices Good olive oil 1-2 whole cloves smashed flat with the side of a knife sprinkle of Himalayan salt 1 pint fresh strawberries 3 tablespoons water 3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste) splash of vanilla extract pinch of salt Jalapeno cheese from Brothers Products,…

Another reason to buy from your local farmers

I posted a note saying that the massive celery recall is an example of why I am so glad I shop at my local farmers markets for produce rather than at big retail grocery stores. I have nothing to worry about. Someone asked me why I don’t have to check to see if my celery…

Another one bites the dust

The farmers market at The Collection is suspended for the season (right before the holidays???). Raw Inspiration, the big LA-area farmers market managing company based in Calabasas says the market will be back in the spring. The Port Hueneme farmers market, also managed by Raw Inspiration, is also struggling. Farmers markets are a tough business….

Turkey talk

I’m doing a segment on Tom & Sandy’s 805 tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. on KVTA-AM about turkey. To brine or not to brine. Is that the question? No. 1 and MOST important: Read the label on your turkey. The vast majority of turkeys, even those that are labeled organic, are already injected with a saline…

Harvest moon

Tonight was not only the harvest moon, but it was also a lunar eclipse of a “super” moon. Rob and I used our little Nikon CoolPix camera to get the following shots. The red ones were during full eclipse and there were light clouds in front. We didn’t change the color on the camera and…

Tomatoestomatoestomatoes

I was asked to write a story about the Underwood Family Farms Pick Your Own Romas event, Aug. 22. I couldn’t resist and picked and bought 38 pounds of fresh tomatoes. Yesterday I spent the day peeling and seeding the tomatoes. To peel tomatoes, cut a cross in the end opposite the stem. Plunge in…

What’s in season?

Summertime in SoCal means abundance at the farmers markets. All of this and much much more.

Fourth market’s the charm

The Simi Valley Town Center is getting ready to launch its fourth farmers market. Three different operators have tried — and failed — to run a market at the struggling center. Will this one work? Innovative New Certified Farmers Market for Families Opens this Friday in Simi Valley, CA The opening of the Simi Valley…

New farmers market at The Collection at RiverPark

The Collection at RiverPark, Raw Inspiration to launch weekly Farmer’s Market, June 18 Another farmers market is opening at The Collection at RiverPark, will introduce a weekly Farmer’s Market launching Thursday, June 18. The new market will run every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. in Park View Court. In addition to selling freshly picked fruits and vegetables grown…

Last visit of the season for Ventura II

The Ventura II will be making its last visit of the season this weekend Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st, selling whole frozen Albacore at the low low price of $2 per pound. Like seriously, it doesn’t get better than that price-wise and this is one of the only places people can buy straight off…