A Photo Gallery From The Muck’s Summer Farm Dinner, Have A Look!

A beautiful evening, in a beautiful setting. Click through the gallery above for more photos of the Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck. Continue reading “A Photo Gallery From The Muck’s Summer Farm Dinner, Have A Look!”

Summer Farm Dinner At The Muck – Recipes, Photos and Recap!

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Thanks to all of you who celebrated the bounty of summer with us at the Muckenthaler tonight. Please enjoy the photos in this post and share them with your friends… more coming soon! For those of you interested in the recipes for the food prepared tonight, read on to find a downloadable recipe packet…

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Thursdays in the Kitchen Class Recap & Recipes: Succulent Summer Fruit at the Fullerton Arboretum

Tonight saw the last class in the summer set of Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum. Chefs Jonathan Dye and Jonathan Duffy Davis instructed an excellent menu that included tropical sangria, prosciutto wrapped figs with St. Andre, stuffed pork chops, a stone fruit crostata, and more! Click through to see more pictures of the evening and to find the link to the recipes…

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Italian Crudo with Fresh Garden Flavor

Crudo may be served family style or laid out on a serving piece

An evening shared with close friends is hard to beat, and this week I had the opportunity to cook and dine with my close friends, the Parkers. I have worked with Jane Parker at Williams-Sonoma for years; her daughter Annie is a very good friend of mine and possesses fearless taste. Jane is an exquisite cook and hostess, and whenever she opens her house to entertain there is an absolute certainty there will be fine food, great style, and a completely relaxed evening. (I’m still taking notes on how to execute a gathering as well as Jane!) Read on for a photo gallery of our fresh-from-the-yard meal, and the recipe for an amazing Italian crudo… Continue reading “Italian Crudo with Fresh Garden Flavor”

Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck – Friday July 26th at 5pm

A few seats left in this excellent evening of farm, food and fun in Fullerton!
A few seats left in this excellent evening of farm, food and fun in Fullerton!

Guess what! There are a FEW seats left in The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s upcoming Summer Farm Dinner, which will be chefed by Jonathan Dye and will include food harvested from the Fullerton Arboretum’s farm! This amazing venue is one of north Orange County’s most prized historic and culture centers. Check out the amazing menu and please call or email Janette Pyun to RSVP. First come / first serve for these few remaining tickets! Details, menu and Janette’s contact info are below, so read on… Continue reading “Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck – Friday July 26th at 5pm”

Warm From The Sun – Open Faced Tomato Sandwiches

We all have fond childhood memories that connect with food. The experiences we had cooking with our moms, our fathers, our families – are so special. My great memories involve gardening, harvesting, and cooking with my grandmother Alberta. During the summer months she and I were quite a pair. She constructed days of adventure and learning and I ate everything up. The great thing about my summers was something that I didn’t even realize until years later – we were creating traditions. One tradition, and I’m certain it isn’t unique to us, were luscious, warm-from-the-sun open-faced tomato sandwiches…

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Seasonal Tomato Preserves!

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Tomatoes are in abundance this time of year, and they never fail to come center-stage at our tables as the heat and light of summer presses on.  This week, we featured a recipe in our cooking class at the Fullerton Arboretum that highlighted some additional potential of the summer tomato: tomato preserves.  It’s not that the idea of a preserved tomato is new – far from it.  But the simplicity with which these particular summer tomatoes are preserved, and the great ingredients added to them that make them sparkle even greater, well, is just magic. Read on for the full recipe and browse the photos of the process in this post’s gallery… Continue reading “Seasonal Tomato Preserves!”

Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes Class Recap and Recipes!

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Tonight’s Cooking with Summer Tomatoes class at the Fullerton Arboretum was so very delicious! Chef Jonathan Dye guided us through a tantalizing menu of tomato preserves on toast, caprese skewers, salmon and melted tomatoes, a tomato cheese tart and more! Check out the recipes from class here: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes, and click through for some more photos from class! Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen at Fullerton Arboretum: Cooking with Summer Tomatoes Class Recap and Recipes!”

Figs and Fresh Ricotta: Watch & Eat!

We promised it was on the way, and now here it is! Enjoy our brief video tutorial on making homemade ricotta cheese and pairing it with grilled bread, local honey and fresh figs. This delightful snack can be enjoyed as an appetizer, as part of a tapas style menu or even for dessert. Figs are bountiful and delicious this time of year, so take advantage of what’s in season, and try it out! We think you’re going to love it! And read on for the text version of our fresh ricotta recipe… Continue reading “Figs and Fresh Ricotta: Watch & Eat!”

Inspiration in Simple Ingredients, for a Simple Sunday Meal

This past week, amid the buildup to the 4th of July holiday, family gatherings and time spent with friends, Our Localtopia was at work putting a video together featuring fresh local figs paired with homemade ricotta.  We gathered in my kitchen to film and make ricotta cheese; creamy, warm and decadent.  It had been a while since I had made homemade ricotta, and our video shoot reminded me how just a few simple ingredients, thoughtfully prepared, truly come together to make a great dish.  A dish that is at once completely homey, and at once truly sophisticated.  Pure ingredients allowed to shine in their own radiant light — creating harmony on a dinner plate. Continue reading “Inspiration in Simple Ingredients, for a Simple Sunday Meal”