New Class Schedule, New Recipes & A New Year

The JonathansHappy 2017! To start, we want to thank you so much for continuing to take interest in our classes, the programs of the Fullerton Arboretum, Yorba Linda Public Library and other locales in our community! We are so excited to announce our upcoming  Table & Field 2017 class schedule with you. 

Our Upcoming 2017 Schedule:

Celebrating Valentine’s Day  – Fullerton Arboretum, Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 PM

There’s nothing more romantic on Valentine’s Day than a homemade dinner for two.  Our meal rivals any that you’d enjoy in a fine restaurant, and we are using decadent Valrhona Chocolate to flavor our dessert – a Valentine’s favorite.  On the Menu: Buckwheat Blini with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Tableside Caesar Salad with Torn Garlic Croutons, Duck Fat Oven Roasted Potatoes, Steak Diane, and Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse. Sign up here. 

Springtime Menu: Bright & Clean Flavors – Fullerton Arboretum, Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 PM Continue reading “New Class Schedule, New Recipes & A New Year”

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”

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”

Summer Is On The Way, And So Is The Stone Fruit!

Nectarine Coffee Cake

May is almost through and Summer is so close! At the market this past weekend, I was caught by the pleasant aroma of some nectarines… stone fruit and summer, what a combination! I know it’s likely too early for the nectarines to be local, but I had to scoop them up! They proved to be as delicious as they were fragrant, and I became nostalgic for recipes that could put their sweet, delicious character on display. I was reminded of the first class I taught at the Fullerton Arboretum, where Jonathan Davis and I made a lovely coffee cake using plums. Continue reading “Summer Is On The Way, And So Is The Stone Fruit!”

A Jonathan Dye Dispatch: Parisian-Inspired Celebratory Cake

I had the chance to travel to Paris in March, and have gained the weight to prove that in the city… there’s nothing better to do than to EAT! From brasseries to bistros to corner bakeries and cheese mongers, the city is ready to feed you, and feed you well! Here in the States, we are no stranger to crêpes. They are sweet or savory, and always a pleasure. Making crêpes is fun, and I love to make the en masse so that I can do the work at once and reap the benefits for weeks to come (they freeze well). Selfishly, I like to make a double batch of batter, put on a movie in the kitchen, and spend 2 hours watching an old flick and flipping French pancakes.  Continue reading “A Jonathan Dye Dispatch: Parisian-Inspired Celebratory Cake”

Strawberry & Lavender Hand Pie Recipe (Seasonal & Sophisticated Entertaining Class Recap)

Thanks so much to everyone that attended our 4/23 Thursday In The Kitchen class at the Fullerton Arboretum! The above photos highlight some of the dishes created! We had a great time reconnecting with so many familiar faces and meeting a few new friends. Please keep reading to access the promised recipe for those delicious Strawberry Lavender Hand Pies. If you enjoyed the class, consider signing up for some of our upcoming classes and bringing along a friend! Classes for May through September are open for registration through the Arboretum’s website: www.fullertonarboretum.com – click on “Register for Classes” and then look for “Thursdays in the Kitchen.”  Continue reading “Strawberry & Lavender Hand Pie Recipe (Seasonal & Sophisticated Entertaining Class Recap)”

Seaside Supper: A Curated Dinner & Demo in Ventura County

OurLocaltopia headed to Ventura County to cook for an ocean front retreat!

This week, OurLocaltopia was invited to a seaside vacation home in Ventura county to curate a meal for the Sew n’ Sews, a group of avid quilters who take this yearly retreat to work on projects and bond with their friends. We were thrilled to be cooking in a gorgeous kitchen that  had panoramic coastal and ocean views. The menu for the night featured a variety of locally sourced produce, including delicious Ventura County strawberries and included a demonstration of the prep and execution of Fritto Misto. Below is our recap of the evening, including photos and recipes. If you are interested in having a similar event at your next getaway, party or gathering, don’t hesitate to contact us! Continue reading “Seaside Supper: A Curated Dinner & Demo in Ventura County”

Sweet and Savory: Rosemary Pine-Nut Cookies

Perfect Rosemary Pinenut cookies, fresh from the oven. An essential sweet & savory dessert!

Back from a recent dinner at Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach, we were stuffed with blessed satisfaction from too many great dishes on the menu.  To top off the amazing salume, antipasto, salads and pizza we enjoyed, was their signature Butterscotch Budino, served with delectable tiny cookies on the side, a salty accompaniment to the sweet custard.  As full as we were, the cookies caught our attention!  The cookies sported a base of sweet-salty polenta shortbread, topped with a pine nut nougat studded with vanilla beans, and perfumed with needles of fresh rosemary.

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A Specialty Pastry from Italy: Sfogliatelle

SfogliatelleWe wanted to share our experience making a specialty Italian pastry called Sfogliatelle.  We were inspired by a picture seen in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and took to the kitchen to re-create this masterpiece. Continue reading “A Specialty Pastry from Italy: Sfogliatelle”

Honey Pine-Nut Tart: A Suggested Dessert

Honey Pine Nut Tart We wanted to do a quick post about one of our favorite go-to desserts – Gina De Palma’s Honey Pine-Nut Tart, featured in her 2007 book Dolce Italiano.  This elegant and flavorful tart is sweet with honey, rich with eggs and butter, and maintains a pleasant texture, making it a perfect late winter treat.  Continue reading “Honey Pine-Nut Tart: A Suggested Dessert”