Our Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class Is This Week!

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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

Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14

seed saving flyerJoin OurLocaltopia’s Farmer and Biologist Jonathan Duffy Davis, this Wednesday (5.14.14) at 7pm for a class on seed saving! Held at the Yorba Linda Public Library, this free class will give you the tools needed to effectively gather, save, store and share seeds from your backyard garden or farm. Continue reading “Free Seed Saving Class at Yorba Linda Public Library – 5.14.14”

Free Class: Cooking with Five Ingredients or Less at Yorba Linda Public Library on 2/12/14

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Hello folks! Join OurLocaltopia this Wednesday Feb. 12 at 7pm for another FREE cooking class held at the Yorba Linda Public Library! This week’s topic: dishes made with five ingredients or less! These simple, delicious recipes are great for first time cooks and seasoned chefs. Class will last about 60 to 90 minutes and is held in the downstairs community room. Park in the Library’s lower lot and look for the signs directing you to the class. Samples and recipes will be available to all who attend! See ya there!

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Peppermint Bark S’mores for Festive Holiday Entertaining!

Happy Holidays! Tis the season for office soirées, family celebrations, neighborhood gatherings… basically, parties galore. In our first December post, we feature a fun and simple twist on a summer favorite that will be a big hit at any holiday event you attend: Peppermint Bark S’mores! Really fun, really fast, and really eye-catching, these confections are filled with great peppermint flavor, synonymous with the Holiday Season.  Continue reading “Peppermint Bark S’mores for Festive Holiday Entertaining!”

Thanksgiving Tips, Dry-Brined Turkey Tutorial, Roasted Harvest Vegetables & Recipe Round-Up

Thanksgiving is essentially the ultimate celebration of food. This holiday combines the notions of seasonality, tradition, family and (let’s face it) excess into a single meal the represents all for which we are thankful. Here at OurLocaltopia we have spent the past few months gearing up for Thanksgiving through a series of recipe and technique focused posts that run the gamut from traditional to nouveau. As the big day approaches, we of course have even more of these recipes and techniques to share! In this post, Jonathan Dye reveals a variety of his own hints for taking some of the stress and work out of Thanksgiving dinner prep, including his suggestion for quicker cooking, spatchcocked turkey prep. Jonathan Duffy Davis takes us through a step-by-step tutorial on dry-brining and whole roasting your turkey, and shares his recipes for perfectly roasted harvest vegetables. Finally, we recap the various recipes we have explored this fall so they can be used on your own holiday table! Continue reading “Thanksgiving Tips, Dry-Brined Turkey Tutorial, Roasted Harvest Vegetables & Recipe Round-Up”

Thursdays in the Kitchen: An Elegant New Year’s Eve – Final Class of 2013 on 11/21

Hello friends! Don’t forget… on Thursday November 21st at 6pm, we will be hosting the final Thursdays in the Kitchen class of 2013, our “Elegant New Year’s Eve” celebration.  This class will be team taught by Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye and will serve a dual purpose: to explore a wonderful menu of elevated cuisine, perfect for end of the year parties AND to celebrate the success of the Thursdays in the Kitchen series, all while enjoying a fabulous evening! Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen: An Elegant New Year’s Eve – Final Class of 2013 on 11/21”

Fall Baking: Jonathan Dye’s Pumpkin Purée Tutorial & Recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie!

Pumpkins are ubiquitous to fall, and the world loves to celebrate the image, the taste, and the aroma of this seasonal icon.  In our latest edition on fall baking, we explore the most traditional incarnation of the pumpkin icon — pumpkin pie! Our motivation stems from our abiding respect for the main ingredient of this seasonal delight, which is currently abundantly available at markets and grocers.  Pumpkins, be they great or small, sweet or savory, soft or tough, are just about everywhere in autumn.  Yet as certain as fresh pumpkins are to grocery store displays… so are enormous columns of 15 ounce cans of processed pumpkin purée. Continue reading “Fall Baking: Jonathan Dye’s Pumpkin Purée Tutorial & Recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie!”

Stick To The Recipe! A Primer on Canning Pickled Vegetables, Jams & Jellies

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Autumn is a perfect time to learn how to can in Southern California. The bounty of summer is quickly fading but there is still time to pick up the end of the stone-fruit and warm-season vegetable harvest and preserve the last of that summer sunshine. Learning how to can now will also enable you to make all of the fantastic pickles that are possible with winter vegetables.

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More Fall Baking: Cardamom Cake with Poached Pears Recipe and Gallery

Pears of many varieties are coming into season, and to highlight them we chose to make this perfect and casual recipe for a quick cake scented with cardamom.  This recipe offers some really great opportunities for the home chef! Continue reading “More Fall Baking: Cardamom Cake with Poached Pears Recipe and Gallery”

A Creepy Cocktail for Halloween: Fresh Beet Gin Fizz

We love beets! Beets taste of the soil in which they were grown and they are our icon, our mascot. Beets were also a major staple in the kitchen when the three of us starting cooking and working together – so we are and always will be fond of beets.

Our writing often focuses on seasonality and this beet-based cocktail is certainly one that will fit the bill for this immediate season – Halloween night.

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