Working on purple cauliflower on this rainy day.

Question: which roasting method works best with cruciferous vegetables? Bought a giant purple cauliflower at the Ventura farmers market Saturday. I decided to roast it, but had some questions about what would work best. One recipe said to toss the florets with olive oil and just roast them on a cookie sheet at 400 for…

Note from Jim Churchill

Dear kishu lovers and farmer’s market friends -Earlier I said we’d be in the Ojai Farmers Market starting Sunday, January 15, but we have been so busy packing fruit ahead of the rains that I did not have time to do all the prep one needs to go to the market – find the scale…

Welcome back!

It’s been awhile, but VC Farmers is up and running again. Woo hooo! Now to the big news–the kishus are here! These tiny gems seem to have a different flavor from year to year–some years they’re sweet, one year they had a pine-y flavor. But no matter what, they are a delicacy. Just ask Alice…

Gone, and easily forgotten

The Agoura Hills farmers  market always mystified me. It was run by the same people who run the wildly popular Westlake Village farmers market –Raw Inspiration of Calabasas–at exactly the same time on the same date. And five minutes away. Year after year, I’d stop and the few vendors would explain that they were forced…

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…