Killer Sweet and Sriracha Spicy Oven Roast Pulled Pork

by Todd & Diane January 28, 2015
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This week has been like a hurricane. In fact, the whole month of January feels like it disappeared in a flash. We’ve been fortunate to be working on some amazing projects and wonderful clients, but seriously, where did this month go to? We’ve been able to pull aside some time and tend to the garden, […]

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Sweet & Sticky Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Strips

by Todd & Diane January 23, 2015
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Funny how scary fish sauce can be to some folks. That’s why some of you were a little cautious about trying our recent sticky fish sauce chicken wings recipe. It’s certainly an ingredient that needs to be slowly introduced. Fish sauce is stinky, yes, there’s no doubt about that. But the umami flavors are pretty […]

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Cream Puffs with Fluffy Creamy Meyer Lemon Curd

by Todd & Diane January 21, 2015
Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs

It’s this time of year that we’re raining citrus in Southern California. Over the course of our gardening journey, we’ve become a little greedy. Call us hoarding if you wish, but what ever the confession is, we’ve always been obsessed with citrus, especially meyer lemons. Since we started planting our garden in 2002, we’ve collected […]

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Todd & Diane’s Sticky Fish Sauce Chicken Wings

by Todd & Diane January 15, 2015
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You might need some extra hand wipes for this post. Or you just might want to skip this recipe all together because the thought of fish sauce makes you scrunch your nose and cringe. If you love chicken wings, but you’re not a fan of fish sauce, please wait. Don’t turn away just yet. Give […]

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Chopped Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette

by Todd & Diane January 12, 2015
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The rain has been such a welcome treat over the last few weeks. Our garden suffered the consequences of drought over the last few years but today, all the fruit trees are soaking up every drop of welcome rain. The citrus are glistening with a fantastic wash of water from the sky, the seedlings are ready […]

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Healthy Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein with Pork

by Todd & Diane January 5, 2015
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The last two weeks have been so calm. All our deadlines and client campaigns were finished and delivered before Christmas, which always feels so great to click that last “send” button.  We made time over our break to catch up to all things needed: sharing meals with old friends, spending time with family from afar, sleeping-in, […]

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Christmas Galette of Butternut Squash, Bacon and Parmesan

by Todd & Diane December 23, 2014
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We thought about making a galette in the wood fired oven today. This was the day that we set aside as our practice day to make sure we stay consistent and don’t burn all our food, especially if we plan a big dinner party around the oven. But with so many things on our “practice cooking […]

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Friday Favorites for “Winter”

by Todd & Diane December 19, 2014
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We really don’t have a “Winter” down here in the Orange County basin of Southern California. In fact, we might have 2.5 seasons, most of which is mild to warm weather. The other .5 season is pretty much what we’re getting right now, cool dipping down to 48 degrees F this week. Brrrrr. When we […]

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Favorite Pot of New England Clam Chowder in 30 minutes

by Todd & Diane December 15, 2014
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It’s been about two years since we’ve been to Boston, but the memories of our last visit was filled with rain, cold and more rain. And it was awesome. Being starved of rain down in Southern California for so long, we always hoped to have rain like those visits to Boston. We love the rain […]

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Favorite Gifts for Cooks and Eaters

by Todd & Diane December 13, 2014
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Happy Holidays friends, hope you’re staying warm and enjoying every moment in the kitchen. Our holidays are simple and we stopped giving gifts because we wanted to simplify our lives and free up time to enjoy more quality holiday moments with family and friends. But you know what that means? A little extra budget to […]

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Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse from David Lebovitz “My Paris Kitchen”

by Todd & Diane December 10, 2014
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Our neighbor just came over and talked about getting together for the Holidays then the conversation immediately diverted to “Can’t believe we’re in December. Where does time go?” So true. Gosh, we’re suddenly feeling a sense of panic, not for any shopping or holiday reason, but more because we’re trying to enjoy December as much […]

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Baked Butternut Squash Crumble-Casserole Recipe

by Todd & Diane December 7, 2014
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Back by reader request, here’s our classic butternut squash crumble recipe with new images and updated technique. It’s a holiday reader favorite since 2010 and also shared in our Bountiful Cookbook. Great as a side dish or vegetarian entree, you can adapt it with sausage or ground meat for a meat-lovers version. Enjoy and Happy […]

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Roast Spaghetti Squash with Sausage-Tomato Sauce

by Todd & Diane December 4, 2014
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For Thanksgiving last week we were visiting family in Eastern Oregon and there was a brief period that we were in minus 6 degree F weather. Brrr. -6 degrees F? That’s what we said, especially for us Southern California folk that live in 80 degree Winters. When visiting cold weather, it’s dishes like oven roasted […]

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Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Marinara Sauce

by Todd & Diane November 25, 2014
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At some point during this Thanksgiving week you’re all going to want to either cleanse or use up leftover turkey. For us, it’s both. On Saturday we had a huge Thanksgiving meal for our Southern California family and friends. It was a combination Thanksgiving and Friends-giving with family and close friends. We cooked for eighteen […]

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For the Love of Brussels Sprouts: Recipes for Holiday and Everyday

by Todd & Diane November 17, 2014
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It’s hard not to find a bushel of brussels sprouts somewhere in our fridge during this time of year. Lucky enough to be living in a area that nurtures fruits and vegetables year round, the rest of the year we’ll score a bag every few weeks at the farmers markets. Because we’re so spoiled by mild […]

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No-Bake Fluffy Cranberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

by Todd & Diane November 10, 2014
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There’s something to be said about not have central air-conditioning. We had a brutal summer in Southern California with more-than-usual days over 100 degrees F. All we could do was to use our portable little air-conditioner along with three circulating fans to keep the house as cool as possible. When it was unbearable, we’d escape […]

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Vanilla Rum Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream & Homemade Pumpkin Puree

by Todd & Diane November 3, 2014
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We missed it again this year. It’s been three years in a row since we’ve missed our annual pumpkin-patch picking. Our moments of reminiscing back to those days of apple-picking at Apple Lane Farm in Solvang were shared on our pumpkin swirl brownie post. Yes, we missed our apple orchard visits for this year, but the pumpkin patches still […]

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Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins

by Todd & Diane October 27, 2014
Maple Bacon Muffins

Maple. Bacon. Apple. Muffins. Maple bacon anything is an easy “Yes”. Add the apple and it is an even quicker yes. Offer it for breakfast to have with the morning coffee and suddenly the day just started out in as good of a way as possible. 

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Favorite Tools: Love of Ceramic Cookware

by Todd & Diane October 22, 2014
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We never thought we’d be writing a post about ceramic pans. Honestly, we’ve always told everyone that if we had one pan to have in our kitchen it would be a cast iron skillet. There’s something so incredibly useful and fantastic about cooking in cast iron. The crust, the char, the quick pop in a […]

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Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

by Todd & Diane October 20, 2014
Pumpkin Swirl Chocolate Brownies

It’s been at least three years since we decorated for Halloween. Back-in-the-day we used to drive up to Los Olivos and go apple picking. We never failed to pick way more apples than two people and two dogs could consume.  When it comes to wandering in a grove of apple trees, armed with huge picking […]

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