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Autumn Apropos – Broiled Leeks with fresh Apple Vinaigrette for Fall Fest

Autumn Apropos – Broiled Leeks with fresh Apple Vinaigrette for Fall Fest

Fall Fest is here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Last week’s theme was Spinach and for this week, it’s all about  apples, beautiful apples.

Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.»

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Morning Visit to the Farmers’ Market

This morning was a great reminder why we enjoy visiting our local farmers’ markets, even when we don’t need produce. With so much traveling lately and a garden exploding with more produce than we can pass out to friends, neighbors and mailmen, we  haven’t been going to the farmers’ market very often.»

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Grilled pork chops w/Apple-Cranberry Maple Glaze —Kingsford University – Big Bob Gibsons BBQ Cookbook

Having the opportunity to spend three days in Sonoma wine country is thrilling enough, but to go there and experience grilling classes under the direction of Kingsford University and wrapped up in the hospitality of Seghesio Family Vineyards left us pinching ourselves to check if we were dreaming or not.

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Gardening Inspirations from Solar Living, Hopland CA

Normally when someone takes off north from the Bay area on a day trip, the usual destinations are the wineries in Sonoma or Napa, maybe Sears Point for a little racing action, or a beautiful coastal drive.  However, being a gardening geek, I had another destination.  Hopland’s Solar Living Center.

I was in the Bay area spending the week with my mom before the BlogHer Food weekend, where Diane and I would be giving a talk on photography. Unfortunately Diane was stuck at home for the week »

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Good Canine Eats for Camp Road Tripping

Please welcome our guest contributors, Dante and Sierra. Our food fixated Rhodesian Ridgeback and mischievous white Boxer have requested to share their thoughts. They insisted. Why not? Canine’s can be publishers too.

Mommy and Daddy are crazy sometimes, they just don’t stop. But when they blame us for our quirkiness, we know where we get it from.

We watched them load the car with sleeping bags, backpacks, beer and rosé wine, sunflower seeds and licorice, which could only mean one thing–camping road trip!! Road trips »

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Edible Los Angeles, Chef Michael Cimarusti Sea to Plate

Eating locally means that we don’t have to look too far to feed ourselves and searching for our community based food news  is now easier with The Edible Communities publications.

The Edible Communities provides quarterly publications that highlight local food news and connects consumers with their nearby farmers, artisans and other community based food sources. Their mission statement is simple, clear and powerful: “…to transform the way consumers shop for, cook, eat and relate to local food. Through its printed publications, websites and events, ECI »

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Video #13 – Yosemite Nat’l Park and Backcountry Couscous w/ginger, shallots, zucchini

Video #13 – Yosemite Nat’l Park and Backcountry Couscous w/ginger, shallots, zucchini

As we write this post, Yosemite National Park is experiencing devastating wildfires that have burned thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. It’s such a sad and difficult moment, for we wanted so much to share the joys of our last camping trip with all of you. Yosemite has always been a special, magical, and inspiring place for us, as it has been for millions of it’s visitors. With the fire 40% contained, there’s still 60% of hard, backbreaking work that the firefighters have to fight »

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Red Beauty Plum and Muscat Gelato recipe

Red Beauty Plum and Muscat Gelato recipe

We’ve been dying to grow a plum tree. For quite some time now, whenever we stroll our garden, we look to see where there’s enough space to squeeze in a plum tree. Maybe “squeezing in” might not be the best gardening technique, but when you’re desperate, anxious and impatient gardeners like we are, anything will work. Until we figure out how to rearrange the garden (can this be possible?) to make room for our glorious plum tree, we’ll have to continue drooling over all »

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Video #11- Fresh Jackfruit and Raffle for Briana

Video #11- Fresh Jackfruit and Raffle for Briana

This is Briana Brownlow of the blog Figs with Bri. We’ve never met Bri, never visited her or even heard of her food blog. The blogosphere is so grand and monstrous, it’s just impossible to discover all the wonderful blogs out there. Luckily, last week, Manisha of Indian Food Rocks and Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi sent us an e-mail introducing us to lovely Briana and her fight against breast cancer. This time, it’s second time the cancer is attacking. Now, we really wanted »

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Video #8- Vietnamese Stuffed Squid & Wine Blogging Wednesday

Video #8- Vietnamese Stuffed Squid & Wine Blogging Wednesday

There are so many food blogging events, but so little time. The small hand full of marvelous events that we already enjoy participating in has us scrambling till the very last wee hours of the night to submit our contribution. Procrastinating might be the evil force hiding behind our 2am post writings, but some minds work better under pressure. In our case, it’s two. But between two very busy jobs and continuous projects in the works, we blog when we can and that means late »

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Video #6- California Poppies & Parmesean Poppy Seed Crackers

Video #6- California Poppies & Parmesean Poppy Seed Crackers

Waiting was the hard part...because we’ve been anticipating the explosion of poppy flowers in Antelope Valley since the first down pour of rain back in December. As more rain fell in Southern California, the potential of these flowers to burst and proliferate increased. Our greed for maximum flower power kept us from hastily jumping at the chance to head over the the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve right away. The suspense was killing us! We kept checking the poppy reserves website for the moment »

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Disney Wine & Food Festival and Shrimp Lollipops!

Disney Wine & Food Festival and Shrimp Lollipops!

We had a date with Disney last Friday evening to attend a special preview event of Disney California’s 3rd annual Food & Wine Festival. Armed with our camera, a big appetite and eyes for some delicious vino, we sampled an amazing spread of California inspired cuisine and wine pairings. Prepared by some of the resorts top Chefs, the fabulous “Taste Of California Marketplace” themed dishes we savored were just a sampling of what was to come for the “Eat and Drink” festivities which are to »

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Salad of Grilled Shrimp & Wilted Mizuna Mustard Greens

Salad of Grilled Shrimp & Wilted Mizuna Mustard Greens

“The hills are alive!…not with the sound of music…but with wild mustard flowers!!”

Behold, another exploding Southern California Spring scene that makes us sing and celebrate this anticipated and colorful season. Peter’s Canyon is our local getaway where we can hike, bike, birdwatch and walk our dogs. Nestled in the suburbs of Orange County, Peter’s Canyon Regional Park is a hidden gem of wilderness trails and outdoor retreat when we need to refresh and rejuvenate from our daily strains of work. Springtime is especially beautiful »

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Video #3 – Finally showing our “mugs” to you and Anthony Bourdain

Video #3 – Finally showing our “mugs” to you and Anthony Bourdain

We’re throwing in the towel and surrendering to the pressures of showing our smiles, faces, mugs.

It’s was fun while it lasted, hiding our faces behind the lens of our camera and only showing what distorted images we were able to achieve through our computer software. Obviously, our ultra radical “x-ray” , funky “twirl” images and speed racing grocery trip weren’t enough to satisfy some you nosy, facade hungry bloggers out there.

Anthony Bourdain, one of the few food personalities that we adore and »

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Happy New Year of The Rat 2008 !!

Happy New Year of The Rat 2008 !!

If we really wanted to ring in this Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year properly, we would have liked to throw a HUGE party for all our “Rat” friends. But seeing that so many of you “Rats” live so far from us, we’ll just celebrate with an enthusiastic, “Happy New Year!”. As many of you are well aware, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year celebration. For those of you who are still new to this huge, glorious occasion, there’s plenty of resources out there »

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2008 Tet New Year-1st Post

2008 Tet New Year-1st Post

This Lunar New Year of the Rat doesn’t begin till February 7, 2008, but in Little Saigon, CA, today, you would never know that this grand Tet event was still 11 days away. What an fantastic sight it was along Bolsa Ave between Magnolia /Brookhurst!! This is the first weekend that the outdoor flower stands and other flower vendors started showcasing and selling the prized Tet flowers. Along this flower powered strip of Bolsa Ave, tents were set up at various shopping centers providing protection »

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Mom Loves Jack

Mom Loves Jack

Not only does Mom know “Jack”, but she love him as well. Introducing her to Jackfruit during her visit this year was not only new, but memorable. A new episode in this “Little Saigon Tour” was to the Viet fruit markets, where she was introduced to some exotic and pungent Southeast Asian fruits. A far cry from the normal fruit department at her local grocer, this local Westminster fruit store provided her with her first, and hopefully not last, taste of fresh Jackfruit. She pleasantly »

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