Our Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class Is This Week!

img_7849Hello Friends!

Don’t forget that our Holiday Entertaining Class at the Fullerton Arboretum will be held this Thursday, November 17th. Class begins at 6pm. The Jonathans will be preparing, from scratch, an entire holiday menu. As a class participant, you will get to experience all the preparations and instruction, receive a recipe booklet and of course get to enjoy the multi-course meal (complete with wine and dessert). Sign up here.

Cheers,

Table & Field

Produce from Jonathan Duffy Davis’ Farm is Coming to North Orange County… Starting Next Wednesday 8/17!

Jonathan, Lauren and Mae at Tule Peak FarmsAfter living in the high chaparral of Aguanga for almost exactly two years, we finally have the incredibly productive market garden that we have always envisioned. When we first arrived our property was nothing but untouched chaparral. The soil was hard, the brush thick, and the sun unrelenting. After drilling a well and bringing electricity to the property we proceeded to build the infrastructure for our basic needs and comforts, plant our orchard and large shade trees, and open the soil. Developing property that I own with the sweat of my brow has been rewarding but market gardening is my true passion, a passion that I’ve finally been able to pursue this summer.

We have planted a large market garden despite the hungry, thirsty, tenacious wildlife of Aguanga. After the loss of over 1,000 seedlings to mice in our nursery and 150 feet of tomato plantings in early spring, we fortified our garden’s defenses and refined our methods. Today we find ourselves surrounded by a vibrant green field and an abundance of produce. Heirloom tomatoes, basil, watermelons, European melons, summer and winter squash, cucumbers for slicing and pickling, pumpkins for carving and eating, kale, arugula, baby lettuces, and other greens, all to be had from our new garden beds. I now feel that I can officially call myself a farmer and I am very proud of that title. I’ve grown produce and much of it is already sold to valued customers.

We are now making weekly deliveries of our fantastic food to North Orange County. You can put Tule Peak Farm food on your family’s table by signing up for our produce CSA (community sourced agriculture) basket. CSAs are essentially a subscription to our farm’s harvest that changes with the seasons. We will also sometimes include things like eggs from our flock of hens or a jar of jam from an unexpected bumper crop.

Late-Summer/Autumn 2016 deliveries run from this coming Wednesday August 17 through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Sign up now for fantastic Tule Peak Farm food – space is limited!

Visit: www.TulePeakFarm.com to sign-up, learn more, or simply look at some photos of the farm.

Thank you all for your time on a Sunday afternoon. I hope you’re eating well this evening!

~Jonathan Duffy Davis

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Summer Update and New Classes!

IMG_0921Greetings Friends!

We have been away from our blog for several months, so it’s time for a big update! First and foremost, we are happy to announce a variety of upcoming classes! These new classes have been scheduled at the Yorba Linda Public Library and at the Fullerton Arboretum for the remaining 2016 and early 2017 season. Thank you so much to each of our loyal guests who have come to learn, laugh, and eat with us through the past seasons… we look forward to seeing you again! Read on for a list of class dates, descriptions and information. And then keep reading for personal notes from the Jonathans! Continue reading “Summer Update and New Classes!”

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe – As Promised!

IMG_0922Did you attend our recent class, Farmers’ Market Fresh, at the Yorba Linda Public Library? If so, you may recall that we promised to post the recipe we used to create the Green Goddess-style dressing made to accompany the fresh vegetables. Well, here is that recipe, folks! Enjoy!

Cheers,

Table & Field

Green Goddess Dressing

Makes about 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup good mayonnaise
1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (6 to 7 scallions)
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream

Directions:

Place the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the sour cream and process just until blended. (If not using immediately, refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve.)

New Year, New Fun, New Class!

Citrus Bounty
It’s citrus season! Read on for recipes and ideas and take advantage of that backyard bounty!

Welcome to 2016, and to a year that is already brimming with potential! We wanted to show you what we’ve been up to and  share a few photos and links. Additionally, Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye will be back in the Arboretum kitchen on February 18th for their next Thursdays in the Kitchen class, “Spring Flavors” on Thursday, February 18th!  If you’re interested in joining us, please REGISTER HERE. Continue reading “New Year, New Fun, New Class!”

A Holiday Update from Jonathan Dye

Christmas 2015 - Nephews

It’s Christmas! This is such a great time of year for so many reasons, from family and friends to seasonal aromas and festive decorations. In the spirit of all that is good about this time of year, I wanted to share a few things I’ve been working on and some photos from season’s past, as well as recipe for what I think are the finest chocolate chip cookies around – perfect to entertain family with or to enjoy for yourself.

Giving food is one of the best ways I’ve found to let someone know that I care about them, and this year I prepared two dishes to bring to family gatherings throughout the month.  Continue reading “A Holiday Update from Jonathan Dye”

Canada For Christmas: A Dispatch From Jonathan Duffy Davis

Jonathan Duffy Davis Wrestling with a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Jonathan Duffy Davis Wrestling with a freshly cut Christmas tree.

I’m back home for a Christmas visit with my family in Muskoka, Ontario. We are definitely a family that likes to eat and stocking the Christmas larder began the moment after I cleared baggage claim.

Our inevitable first stop was the Cheese Boutique in Toronto where we grabbed 7 – 8 amazing cheeses, after sampling 20. Continue reading “Canada For Christmas: A Dispatch From Jonathan Duffy Davis”

Fall Update & Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating New Classics Class 11/12/15

pumpkin soup set upGreetings Friends! Fall has come to Table & Field and we are thrilled to be hosting Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating the New Classics on Thursday November 12th at 6pm at the Fullerton Arboretum. For full details on this class, keep reading! But first, allow us to share are few updates, from both the table and the field…. Continue reading “Fall Update & Thanksgiving Entertaining: Celebrating New Classics Class 11/12/15”

Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Chicken & Dumplings: The perfect meal for a cool fall evening.
Chicken & Dumplings: The perfect meal for a cool fall evening.

Welcome to Fall 2015! Thank you to all who attended Table & Field’s class in September, which focused on comfort food, southern style. In that class we talked about the idea of “basic goodness,” and how that idea played out in the recipes for our fried chicken and our chocolate mayonnaise layer cake. The idea is that with some classic recipes and a few ingredients of good quality, we can all make something that is very satisfying to our hearts and to our stomachs. We promised to extend another classic recipe to you, one for a traditional chicken and dumplings. This is that recipe, and we hope that you make it, without embellishment, and enjoy another recipe that possesses basic goodness. Dust off that beautiful Dutch oven of yours!  If there’s anything we love to do in the fall (whenever the weather is cool enough)… it’s to BRAISE! Continue reading “Chicken & Dumplings Recipe”

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour Recipe 

  Thanks to everyone who made it out to our Comfort Food class tonight at Fullerton Arboretum! As promised, here is the Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour recipe. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for recap picture from the class and don’t forget to sign up for our last class of the year, Thanksgiving Entertaining, held November 12 at Fullerton Arboretum.

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

Makes 1 cocktail

This recipe is inspired by “Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails” by Eric Prum and Josh Williams.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. best quality bourbon
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 oz. maple syrup
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary

Directions:

With a generous handful of ice, combine all ingredients (including the sprig of rosemary) in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a lowball (or other favorite) cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary and a wedge of lemon.

Good Eating,

Table & Field