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Roasted Fresh Tomatoes Year Round

Pesto Presto Recipe

Summer Salads with the Veggie Queen

Zesty Strawberry Scones

Blog 3: Dairy Good Kefir Breakfast

Roasted Fresh Tomatoes Year Round

Tomatoes are one of the most plentiful, seasonal fruits during the summer. When you slow roast tomatoes, it extracts an intense flavor that needs so little to make your pasta radiate with taste. When winter arrives and the produce begins to wane, you’ll have an almost ready-made sauce that brings back unforgettable memories of summer’s best eats. Roasting Tomatoes Recipe […]

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Pesto Presto Recipe

We collaborated with Farminista’s Feast on a Cooking Web Series highlighting quick, easy, tasty, healthy meals. Because basil peaks in the summer season, last year we went on a tear to make enough jars to freeze, so we could use off season. With little effort and time, you can make pesto presto. We recommend purchasing a few basil plants because […]

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Summer Salads with the Veggie Queen

In the video, we collaborated with The Veggie Queen, a vegan culinary expert, chef, and nutritionist. These salads will fill any person’s appetite, regardless of dietary concerns! The lineup starts with a Chickpea Broccoli Salad, followed by a Moroccan Carrot Salad, and finished by a Super Fruit Summer Salad. For the full recipes, visit: http://www.theveggiequeen.com/2017/08/07/summer-salads-with-food-guru/.

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Zesty Strawberry Scones

Scones are like a hybrid of muffins and biscuits. Bake up some homemade Strawberry Scones for a breakfast or use leftovers for a deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake.  Every bite is loaded with strawberries pieces and a hint of orange zest. Strawberry Scone Recipe Servings 8-12, 30 minutes to prep Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour […]

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Blog 3: Dairy Good Kefir Breakfast

In this third Kefir blog, give your breakfast a double probiotic boost with a Lacto-Fermented Kefir Granola and Fruitful Kefir Smoothie. Here are the 2 gut-healthy recipes to get your morning started: Lacto-Fermented Coconut Oatmeal & Dried Fruit Granola Transform Granola into gut-healthy goodness by fermenting the ingredients with your homemade Kefir. Dry Ingredients: 4 cups old fashioned organic rolled […]

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Blog 1: Kefir Making By Activating Live Culture

Follow along in a 4-part blog series. Learn about the history, health benefits, and how to make Kefir in this first blog post. For thousands of years, the Eurasian people in the Caucasus Mountains (between Russia and Georgia) made and drank Kefir (fermented milk). With their ritual of drinking Kefir everyday, villagers in the Caucasus Mountains were known for reaching […]

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Shakshuka, an Eggceptional Breakfast

There is nothing like bringing a taste of your travels back home. Last December, I had the opportunity to visit Israel and tasted a Mediterranean breakfast dish called Shakshuka. It was an egg dish that satiated my appetite with unusual exotic spices blended into a rich sauce enveloped by fried eggs. About a month later, we made our annual pilgrimage […]

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Traditional Persian New Year Feast

Nowruz, is the name of the new year in Farsi, and it has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western Asia. Nowruz begins on the first day of spring, which is usually March 21. Traditionally, the whole family gathers together to have dinner, celebrate the new year, and […]

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Trip to Chile: Extreme and In Between

  Situated at the bottom of the world, is Chile, a country with extreme climates and rugged landscapes that would be a top destination for any adventurous traveller. With 15 hours of airplane travel and a 5 hour time difference from San Francisco, a 2 week vacation will give you a sampling from south to north and in between of […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Pasta for Dessert

Dig into a dessert with a pretty cool twist on Tiramisu. Papparadelle’s Pasta has an astounding variety of fresh, dried, frozen pastas, sauces, and more. Through Twitter, we connected with Papparadelle’s, and it was love at first bite. They tempted us with an irresistible dessert recipe using their Chocolate Hazelnut Ravioli. Chocolate Ravioli Tiramisu Recipe Serving size: 3-4 Ingredients: 12 […]

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Farm to Fork – Going Local

My friend, Ariel Sultan from Food Guru, invited me to attend a Farm to Fork SF event. Foodies, chefs, and farmers gathered to celebrate and discuss the food industry with a unique focus on making a sustainable impact. Farm to Fork SF is affiliated with the multi-media event space called The Village in San Francisco. At this interactive event, they […]

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Taking the High Road through Scotland

Last year, we were drawn to visiting Scotland, an island full of rugged landscape and boisterous people. Tee up for an unforgettable trip by joining us on our adventure through top food experiences, a tumultuous history, and breathtaking scenery. Lodging in Edinburgh We stayed 2 nights in Edinburgh at Old Town Chamber apartments located conveniently in downtown. These comfy apartments […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Season up your Salt the DIY Way

As Food Gurus, we work and play hard to savor our food and travel experiences. Whether we are local or abroad, we search for artisan ingredients to incorporate into our home cooking. We have integrated these passions and have shared them on and offline. Through Instagram, we met a DIY Dilettante, Nicole Novak. She forages mushrooms, gardens, goes fishing, ferments […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Deconstructing a Strawberry Shortcake

Whip up a sensational summer dessert with leftover strawberry scones and homemade whipped cream. Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake Servings 2-3 10 minutes to preparations Ingredients: 2 pieces of leftover Strawberry Scones A large heaping spoonful of homemade vanilla bean whipped cream ½ – 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries Directions: Break up scone into small chunks on a plate creating the […]

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Travel to Cuba: Time Stands Still

(Written recipe at the bottom of the blog) Time has stood still in Cuba. The plethora of classic American cars lining the streets of Havana are reminders of the 1950s. It’s all about the revolution where Che Guevara, the Castro brothers, and Hemingway are heroic, “larger than life” figures capturing the mindset of the Cuban people. The fascination with Cuba […]

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Natural Products Expo West 2016: Healthiest Place on Earth

From “supply to shelf,” natural products are making an impact with mainstream consumers. At the 2016 Natural Products Expo West, hoards of visitors headed over to the Anaheim Convention Center for a 3-day epic event. Located across the street from Disneyland, 77,000 attendees packed the Convention Center to experience this edible extravaganza. Representatives from 7 innovative natural food companies were […]

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How to Repurpose Chicken

Let’s talk Chicken with 3 makeover recipes on how to use what is leftover. Before you pick out the leftovers, start with roasting up a whole chicken. Here’s the pecking order: ROASTED CHICKEN & VEGGIES IN A CLAY POT Prep time: 30 minutes  Cook time: 50 minutes – 1:20 hours   Serves 3-6 Ingredients: Romertopf Glazed Clay-Cooker Any Size Whole Chicken 3 […]

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Coachella Checklist

There’s always a lot of buzz when Coachella releases its lineup. Located in Indio Valley, this music festival is one of the largest, most popular, and profitable in the US. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, being prepared and organized will help you have a fun-ast-ic time!  After attending the festival for 2 years, here are some ways to navigate […]

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Worth her Salt and Then Some

Closing a chapter on her catering career with a high-profile clientele, Private Chef Robin has embarked on a new chapter of personal dining, flavored salts, and her “A Taste of Ojai” cookbook. After meeting Private Chef Robin on Instagram and trying out a few of her small plate recipes, we found that these dishes using these infused salts with local […]

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Worth Her Salt

  We met Private Chef Robin on Instagram and were drawn to her California-Mediterranean style cooking. She has a culinary pedigree that would make most professional chefs envious. Private Chef Robin grew up in a family of restaurateurs and honed her skill set at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Now, she creates private fine dining experiences at […]

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A Photo Day Playing with Food

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend the day with Stacy Ventura, a professional food photographer with Edible Marin. Here’s how to shoot food like a Pro: Make sure to use as much natural light as possible, such as bouncing light with reflectors and white boards. Shooting vertically is appealing for food photography, even though we are drawn to […]

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DIY A Cold-Brew of Coffee

Sugar, milk or a combination of both is often a remedy for smoothing out the bitterness in a cup of coffee. Iced coffee is often so watered down that bitterness and acidity can linger and put a damper on this hot day beverage. The cold-brew process removes the bitterness, giving you a balanced taste. You may just decide to opt […]

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5 DIY Vanilla Tips

Vanilla goes beyond, extract, or better yet, make your own extract!  We highly recommend using LAFAZA’s vanilla products because of their high quality, direct trade, and sustainable pure vanilla from Madagascar. You can literally taste the difference! Try these 5 different ways to use vanilla. 1) Vanilla Sugar recipe – Just add 2 beans scraped into sugar, then plop in the vanilla bean rinds […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles Recipe

Sometimes you have to make a bit of a mess in the kitchen to get a Sweet Reward. This messy  recipe brings out the inner child, yet with its bite-sized portions, it has the sophisticated and indulging taste custom made for an adult palate. Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are so expensive to purchase but are a bit more budget friendly when […]

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