Tag: seasonal

A Tale of Two Tarts

I mentioned recently that I have been acquiring kitchen gadgets at an alarming rate and I wanted to share a story about one of them – my new tart pan. I’ve been making “tarts” for years, but really, they were just tart crusts in a pie pan.  They tasted different than a plain ‘ol pie,

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Bonus Post: The Farmers Market

I kinda cheesed out on Wednesday with this explanation/apology for my lack of posts this month so I feel like I owe you one.   Here are some pictures I took recently of my favorite food and farmers found at Vista Farmers Market:   I always stop here first to purchase two dozen extra large eggs. 

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Let’s Focus on Food, Shall We?

In the spirit of the New Year (albeit a bit later than I should have,) I’ve taken a moment to actually go back and read the “About Madison” page.  To quote myself: “the main purpose of this blog: I am passionate about local food, sustainability issues and wholesome natural cooking.  I think it’s important to

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A Tale of Two Meatloaves

Boy has my cooking come a long way…… Just recently Madison discovered one of my very first cookbooks – Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook.  Last week as I was working in the kitchen and she was lying on floor flipping through cookbooks – a girl after my own heart – she announced that she would

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Comfort Food Makes the Best Leftovers

Leftovers get a mixed review in our house:  Joel won’t eat them unless there’s pasta involved, Madison will eat them if I disguise them or they’re Asian-food related and I only like them in wintertime.  The pets take what they can get, (except the cat – she’s pickier than Joel.) I pack my lunch three

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Pass the Peas Please

For a short period of time each winter, English Peas are in season here.  Unlike their cousins, the snow pea and snap pea – which are available year-round, are much smaller and can be eaten whole – English peas are what you think of when you think pea – perfectly round, plump and bright green. 

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Last Holiday post, I promise!

Yes, I know the holidays are over, but I received an email a few weeks ago from a friend who is always baking with her kids and posting the pictures on Facebook.  (Love it!)  Anyway, I asked her to send pictures and maybe a little story about her Christmas baking and guess what?  She sent

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Morning

Even though Christmas Eve dinner was lackluster, by Christmas morning, I was back on track. Over the years the composition of my Christmas morning menu has changed according to taste and adapted according to schedule.  I used to make a killer raspberry coffee cake – until I lost the recipe.  In fact, just the other

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Dinner

From a food standpoint, Christmas Eve started off badly.  In short, I committed the cardinal sin of farmers market shopping – making a list.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I am able to purchase roughly 70% of my weekly groceries at the Vista Farmers Market – one of the best markets in North County. 

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Beverages

I recently took part in one of those email recipe exchanges, you know, the ones where you send one of your favorite recipes, (“the best ones are those you can recite by memory”) to 20 people in your address book.  Then, theoretically, you sit back and wait for 256 recipes (or something like that) to

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