Last year, I bought a dehydrator out of curiosity, so I could make my own backpacking foods. When training for the John Muir Trail, (a 200-mile trek from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney), I wanted to prepare healthy foods that would be tasty and last for a few weeks. I turned to dehydrating beef for jerky and began experimenting with fruit […]
About 4 years ago, we created and produced a cooking web series on how to make quick, tasty, and healthy meals. We collaborated Karen Pavone from Farminista’s Feast, who became our host, and together we developed wonderful recipes for our web series. We took a look at the granola recipe episode and wanted to update it by elevating the flavor […]
Serves 4-6 Hot out of pan, wok this way into a palate pleasing meal that is flaming with flavor. This has been a wok in progress developing a stir fry recipe in which we have removed the gluten (soy sauce), sugar and substituted vegetable/canola oil with grapeseed oil for a much healthier option. Protein Marinade Ingredients: 1 lb boneless skinless […]
Food and travel are our passions. Often it’s those home cooked meals from our travels that trigger our fondest memories. I brought back our most savory souvenir, a Bhutanese breakfast from a 6-day trek. Our mornings started off with “Mr. Chef” huddled and hovering in a small tent making us an egg dish called Gondo Datshi and Fried Rice. On […]
Go nuts by seasoning, mixing, and roasting up almonds, walnuts, pecans, or cashews with chai seasoning for a crazy good snack. Chai spice seasoning blends are nearly impossible to find in the stores or online, so we searched on Pinterest and located a Chai seasoning mix recipe from A Dash of Mega-nut that you can assemble in a few minutes. […]
You’ll be delightfully surprised at the dramatic taste difference between homemade almond milk compared to commercial brands. Chai milking it for an utterly creamy, nutty beverage plus it is an ideal replacement for any dietary lifestyle. Why you should chai becoming a DIY health nut? There is an itty bitty amount of nuts found in shelf stable nut milk brands. […]
Get into the spirit of the holiday season with Spiced Persimmon Smoothie Cocktails. Spice up this season with this densely rich, flavorful fruit that is the base for a light, airy cocktail for a kicka$$ holiday. Makes 2 servings in Martini Glasses Ingredients: 2 Fuyu Persimmon small to medium with stem removed and roughly cut into chunks ½ cup of […]
Filling up on not-so-healthy appetizers during holiday parties often gives you that a not-so-satisfying feeling in the pit of your stomach. Replace crackers or bread and build an eye-popping Persimmon Platter filled with a mouthful of sweet, tart, and peppery toppings. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Fuyu persimmons 2 oz of favorite soft goat cheese A handful of fresh chopped arugula […]
When cupcakes were riding the wave of popularity several years ago, it seemed as though every town and city had a store or food truck packed with a plethora of flavor options. In our local community, we loyally made weekly visits to our cupcake store and often, devoured a whole box of these frost-filled treats before we got home. One […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In this fourth Kefir blog, pucker up for Lemon Cake topped with a drool-worthy blueberry sauce and garnished with DIY Kefir Sour Cream. Kefir Sour Cream Add a dollop of rich tasting Kefir sour cream to desserts, to a baked sweet or russet potato, or over fresh berries. Kefir Sour Cream has a flavor profile similar to Creme Fraiche. Ingredients/Supplies: […]
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 […]
In this second Kefir blog, we will show you how to make a fruity beverage from your Kefir using a second fermentation technique and a cultured soft Kefir cheese. Once you’ve mastered the art and science of making fermented milk (Kefir), now what? Here are 2 DIY Dairy good recipes: A Dairy Fruitful Beverage (Jammy Kefir Recipe) With a little […]
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 […]
The tug-of-war battle between your mouth and a piece of Beef Jerky can be a hard snack to chew and swallow. The commercial brands tend to be too salty, dry, tough, unhealthy, leathery, and heavily preserved for a long shelf life. For around $50, you can purchase a dehydrator. It is well worth the effort to make it by hand. […]
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 […]
We were pleased to partner up with a Soul food inspired mom-blogger, Mom Noms, for this beautifully simple recipe. Enjoy this Southern food flare!
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 […]
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 […]
Hanukkah, often is referred to as “The Festival of Lights,” an 8-day Jewish Holiday that celebrates freedom, fun, and food. Nearly 2,200 years ago, the Maccabees, a small group of Jewish rebels fought for religious freedom. It is a symbolic holiday where a candle is lit each night and represents a miracle of how one night’s worth of oil lasted […]
We have partnered up with TasteFood again to bring you a video recipe blog for making this popular Vietnamese sandwich, chicken banh mi at home! See the recipe on TasteFood’s blog site.
Pumpkin Bread is a seasonal treat, but this killer recipe is so easy and addictive that you’ll want to make it for all seasons …even Pumpkin Haters have been known to kill off this Bread in one sitting!
Apples, a fall fruit, are eaten year round. They are durable and easy grab-n-go snacks. Transforming apples into a dessert, like an Apple Pie, takes quite a bit of labor, time, know-how, and is unforgiving to the waistline. Here are 3 hardcore ways to repurpose a Baked Apple dessert into breakfasts that have lots of apeel. Baked Apple Recipe Serves […]
Enhance each and every bite of your food by grinding your own artisan seasonings with a dash of DIY seasoned salt. One mixed salt has many uses from breakfast through dessert. Try sprinkling mixed salt in/on eggs, pasta, veggies, salad dressings, marinades, cocktails, steak, chicken, fish, or any food needing a bit more flavor. Get your table set and appetites […]
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 […]
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 […]
Whipping up a homemade vanilla bean whipped cream is simple and tasty. This batch makes enough for a party and is enjoyed year round with a variety of desserts, and perfectly served with fruits for the spring-summer. See below for this excellent recipe!
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Chai Iced Tea is a refreshing and simple way to go for summer. We often like to use Silk Road Teas for their high quality sourcing with small international tea producers. Hot tea can now be reused into iced tea.
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 […]
Summertime is filled with lots of fun seasonal activities, like blackberry picking. Picking this delicate and fragile fruit can be dangerously fun through all the poking, prodding, and piercings as you maneuver your body through the thorny landmine…so, grab a basket, a bucket, or bag and prepare yourself for some blackened hands! If you can’t or not up for this […]
Cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes…they are everywhere: at your local markets, farmer’s markets, bakeries, dessert bars, weddings, cupcake stores, and cupcake trucks. My go-to cupcake is the under-appreciated MUFFIN. I have one at least once a week and have 3 choice recipes I make and freeze. Aside from the ever so popular Blueberry, I finally have a muffin recipe for […]
My favorite beverage is coffee. It’s not only the caffeine that wakes me up in the morning and gives me that badly needed energy boost midday, but the aroma and strong flavor gets my mind and body racing. My love and addiction for coffee began over 20 years ago. I was a Marketing Consultant for a donut store chain in […]