Update: Our cookbook, Bountiful, is now available for pre-order on Amazon here. It’s our 300 page baby with over 100 fruit and vegetable inspired recipes. You can blame our garden for that. And also, some puppy pictures because our work would never complete without Sierra and Lexi!

Hello Friends.

We’ve said this many times in the past and we’ll say it again… because of your friendship and support, our lives are richer in ways that we never, ever imaged. Your messages, comments and encouragement helped us define our voice. You helped us see, feel, understand and do more of what it is that we love so much.

Over the past several years, we’ve been photographing and producing video for other cookbooks, but never really considered writing our own. Perhaps it was because we really didn’t know what it was that we wanted to write about and to trust that our ideas would work in a book. We wanted to find something we believed in 1,000% percent before we poured our heart and soul into printed pages.

Every time you visit our blog and each of your comments re-enforces this belief to be real and honest. Because of your encouragement in us, we’ve found the confidence to finally write our very own cookbook full of garden inspired recipes, cooking stories and puppy pictures!

This whole process is a little scary. Many authors have said it’s like giving birth. It’s a labor of love and one of the hardest, scariest, most gratifying experiences we’ll go through.

We keep asking ourselves, are we ready for this?! Is it really like giving birth but without the Demerol? What will it be like to cradle our very own book in our arms? So many more questions come to mind.

Our stories and unconditional love will be poured over the printed pages through intimate lifestyle photography and brand new vegetable/ fruit driven recipes. Your readership here let us know that you appreciated our fresh, garden inspired recipes. So, we’ll do much more of it and this whole storybook will be laced with plenty of our personal style photos, most of which will be new and original.

Our hearts are racing. We’re anxious, excited, nervous and elated all at the same time. It’s been our little secret for some time now and if you’ve been following our instagram, we’ve been giving sneak peaks behind our #TDCookbook photographs and recipes.

Now, we have the guts to share it with you all.

We’re in the best hands with an fantastic team. Huge thank you goes to our wonderful literary agent Alison Fargis of Stonesong Press for helping make all this happen. Our amazing editor Dervla Kelly and supportive publisher Abrams Books have been incredible in making our dream come to life. Have you seen the gorgeous cookbooks they publish? The Baked cookbooks and Sugar Baby are examples of beautiful cookbooks, gardening books and other works of art published by Abrams Books.

Finally, the fun and crazy journey in all this is that the book is slated for release in Fall of 2013. So much work is ahead of this, but we’re finally ready for this process.

THANK YOU to you all for helping us make this happen. This journey would never be the same without you amazing people.

hugs and love,

diane and todd



Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Todd & Diane September 9, 2012

I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches. When hankering for a grilled cheese, I dream of biting into the perfectly crusty and crispy sandwich that oozes out plenty of cheesy love. Those close to me know that I fiercely embrace savory, hearty and cheesy comfort foods. Grilled cheese sandwiches are no […]

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Vietnamese Pickles Carrots & Daikon , My Family Recipe

by Todd & Diane August 28, 2012
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Everyone knows that a family recipe is a special one, with special nuances and flavors unique to ones family history and story. I never feel as if one family recipe is ever “better” than another. Each one is different and wonderful on it’s own merits because of what it has meant to those who made […]

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Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pesto and Goat Cheese

by Todd & Diane July 31, 2012

Just to state the obvious, our tomatoes have been very successful this year. After struggling to grow them the past couple years we were determined to have a good crop this year. I think we may be on to something. Each year I think we get a little less ignorant. At least I hope we […]

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Our Photo Card Giveaway & Zucchini Contest

by Todd & Diane July 29, 2012
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This contest has ended. Thank you everyone for participating. The weight of the zucchinis and board was 24.5 pounds. Congrats to the two winners who had the closest guess: RuthAnn #87 – guessed the exact weight 24.5 pounds. Congrats! SaraL #5- guessed 24 pounds. We were out of town for a few days and come […]

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Great breakfasts: Baked tomatoes with parmesan cheese, scrambled eggs, toast.

by Todd & Diane July 22, 2012

Quiet mornings only last for a short while, but when the moment has arrived, we love making the most of the time that we have. Making breakfast and having a great meal to start the day is essential for us. This time allows us to slowly wake up together, make a meal and talk about […]

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Studded Cherry-Tomato, Bacon & Blue Cheese Pizza

by Todd & Diane July 19, 2012
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Dear Friends, this pizza is very special. So special that we had to make it and eat it twice to make sure it was good enough for you all. *happy face* There are some things in life that you can’t have too much of.  As of late, one of those things are Sweet Million Cherry […]

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Heirloom Tomatoes Goin’ Gorilla – Feels Good to be Home

by Todd & Diane July 16, 2012

It’s amazing what can happen in a garden over a few summer days. Last week we headed up to Park City, UT for the amazing Evo Conference. It was great seeing friends, face meeting twitter buddies, and having the chance to share what we love as speakers in two different photography workshop sessions. The ladies […]

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Welcome Summer. Share your favorite tomato recipes?

by Todd & Diane June 22, 2012
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The tomatoes in the garden just reminded us that Summer has arrived. It was as if, all of a sudden, the transition of Spring to Summer jolted the tomatoes to wake up and ripen. Now, the challenge is keeping up with eating and canning the tomatoes before they fall off the vine. Yes, it’s a […]

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We have fresh raspberries!

by Todd & Diane May 31, 2012

Friends, the news is huge. We’re on the edge on of our garden seats, trying not bear too much excitement because unless you’re in Costal Southern California, you would never understand. Yes, the photographs are proof….we can finally grow raspberries. Unless you’re a huge lover of raspberries, or a Southern California gardener who has struggled […]

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Fizzy Blueberry Meyer Lemonade

by Todd & Diane May 27, 2012
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I’m a berry boy. I love my berries. Unfortunately, Southern California doesn’t so much, or at least so I thought. Strawberries being the huge exception (they are amazing down here), I always thought that growing berries in our garden would be  a futile task. I’m talking blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries. They were so easy […]

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Strawberries and Cream Video – An unwritten recipe

by Todd & Diane May 3, 2012

Some dishes don’t require a written recipe. Many home cooks we know grew up cooking without the guidance of the written word. Their kitchen lessons and “recipes” were passed down from generation to generation by watching, touching, tasting, testing and cooking from the heart. Do you know of anyone who cooks like this? We know […]

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Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins – Dedicated to Dante

by Todd & Diane April 22, 2012
Roasted Strawberry Muffins

It’s hard to not think of Dante when I look at the strawberry patch. The ruby red berries are still dangling from their lengthy stems, begging to be plucked. Normally this is the time of year Dante and Sierra both would scour every inch of the patch for sweet berries. And this was the time […]

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Garden at Dusk & garden recipes

by Todd & Diane April 4, 2012
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  The late afternoon hours were always the pups playtime. Even in Dante’s grey muzzled years, after the full warmth of the day had past and the air began to soften, Dante and Sierra would become puppies again. Playing tug-o-war. Chasing each other around with the randomness only the youth possess. If you dared to […]

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Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip & Signs of Spring!

by Todd & Diane February 19, 2012
Spicy White Bean dip

Homemade spicy sriracha, fresh chilies sauces and pretty much anything with dip recipes has been on our eating repertoire as  of late. Since making our last batch of spicy garlic knots, cravings for more heat keeps our stomachs rumbling for daily spice. Just the other day, we were making our latest batch of homemade kim […]

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Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall

by Todd & Diane September 25, 2011
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It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after being on the road, teaching workshops and shooting on location lately. When we were in the kitchen the other night preparing dinner, we both looked at one another with the same hungry, yet satisfied eyes. It feel so good to be back here in […]

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In Transition Meal: Tomatoes, Figs & Salute to Summer

by Todd & Diane September 4, 2011
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I’m not going to allow September to leave me so quickly. August slipped through my hands like a silent kiss in the night and before I knew it, everyone was bidding Summer adieu. Admist our hectic August calendar and new studio build out, my wandering brain didn’t fully register that we touched into September. Waking […]

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Life patience, enjoying the process & growing cipolla onions

by Todd & Diane July 29, 2011
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Gardening is often a test of patience in both playing in the dirt and navigating life. Weeding, sowing seeds, trimming, clipping, pulling, building plots, aching backs and harvesting a little bit everyday is like a life metaphor. It seems as if each garden task tests tests our patience and endurance for everything outside the walls […]

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Seasonally simple garden Heirloom tomatoes. Celebrating Summer’s arrival.

by Todd & Diane June 19, 2011
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This consistently cool weather had us apprehensive, particularly as heirloom tomato gardeners. With almost 20 heirloom tomatoes plants that we’ve been nurturing over the last few months, all we were hoping for was some hot sun to get these plants to bolt out with tomatoes. Unfortunately there hasn’t been much of the sun!

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A Delicious Kalamansi Lime Beverage

by Todd & Diane May 29, 2011
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“Delicious Beverage.” One of those idiosyncratic sayings in our household. Always said with a snickering smile and a bit of love. And its use is reserved for those drinks we really love. Scene 1. Every once in a while, all the neighbors in our cul-de-sac pull the grills into the circle and have a little […]

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