Spring Has Sprung… And So Have Our Classes!

Dye & CarrotsHello Friends! Just a quick update and reminder that we have TWO upcoming classes in March, so mark your calendars and come out to see us in action…

The first offering is one of our classic, long form instructional cooking classes, hosted by the Fullerton Arboretum. This class, A Springtime Menu: Bright and Clean Flavors, will be held on Thursday March 9th, at 6pm. Reserve your spot via the Fullerton Arboretum’s website here. This class includes a recipe packet, a full multi-course dinner, wine and of course our infamous instruction! On the Menu: Goat Cheese and Crème Fraiche Crostini, Carrot Ginger Soup, Spring Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette, Braised Mustard Chicken with Pappardelle and Lemon Curd with Scented Lavender Cream. Continue reading “Spring Has Sprung… And So Have Our Classes!”

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!”

The Jonathans Are Back in the Arboretum Kitchen – February 26th @ 6pm

The Jonathans
Big news folks! To kick-off a new cooking program, the Fullerton Arboretum has asked Jonathan Duffy Davis and Jonathan Dye to host the first cooking class of the 2015 season! We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 26th at 6pm OurLocaltopia will be back in the Arboretum’s kitchen for a fun and educational demonstration style cooking class… And of course we want you to join us!

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Cooking on the Farm: Over the Fire and Under the Stars

Aguanga - Cooking with Fire

Jonathan Davis has been fast at work making a homestead on his farm in Aguanga, but there is always time to cook a great meal. Whether it is for his family or for visiting friends, these creative and exciting al fresco feasts are met with great anticipation. Jonathan makes regular use of his outdoor barbeque, fueled not just by natural charcoal, but also by native Ribbonwood, which grows in abundance on his property. Continue reading “Cooking on the Farm: Over the Fire and Under the Stars”

Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty

2_Beets cleaned and ready for the potEvelyn, Jonathan Dye, and I have eaten many pickled beets made with this recipe. They’ve been added to cheese plates, paired with gravlax and other preserved fish, and also served simply with some dark rye bread, some fresh dill, and a dollop of crème fraiche (maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon too?). Evelyn’s winter garden has been a bountiful one. She has bushels of beets and needs a way to preserve them. Pickling is the perfect treatment for a homegrown beet. Here’s what I think Evelyn should do with her winter beet bounty! Continue reading “Pickled Beets – Preserving the Winter Garden Bounty”

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”

Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe

nettle montageForaging for wild foods can be intimidating. The delicious and the deadly can look similar and occupy similar environments. Stinging nettle is a great plant for the novice forager. Simply touch the plant and it will tell you if you’ve identified it correctly! Continue reading “Stinging Nettle: A Foraged Food That’s Worth The Pain – Video and Ravioli Recipe”

Free Class on Wednesday 4.30 at YLPL: It’s About Thyme

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This Wednesday (April 30th), OurLocaltopia is back at the Yorba Linda Public Library for a free class on cooking with fresh herbs! Join us in the downstairs community room at 7pm and enjoy an evening of culinary eduction and demonstration taught by Jonathan Dye and Jonathan Duffy Davis. Samples of the food prepared will be available for tasting and copies of the recipes will be passed out. Come one, come all!

Coloring Eggs With Natural Dyes: A Recipe Review and Tip Roundup

naturally dyed easter eggs 1Egg season is upon us! Whether you are celebrating Easter with a bonnet and a basket, or simply enjoying the ongoing nesting of your backyard birds, springtime is synonymous with The Egg. It’s likely that many of you plan to color eggs over the coming week, for display and hunting this weekend. If you’d like to try something a different than the typical grocery store dye kit, we suggest coloring your eggs with natural ingredients. Naturally dyed eggs will take a bit more work than the store bought kits, but the creativity, shade variations and recipes are almost endless. And, if you’d rather limit the ingestion and exposure of less-than-natural substances for you and your family, this is the way to go! Continue reading “Coloring Eggs With Natural Dyes: A Recipe Review and Tip Roundup”

Steak Frites: Recreating a French Classic

Just back from a trip to Washington, D.C., I wanted to post about a quintessential French brasserie favorite which had been right under my nose for several years… a dish called Steak Frites. A snow storm kept me in the Capital for an extra day, which led to a second meal at Le Diplomate, the town’s new and very French eatery on 14th street. Never having ordered Steak Frites before (though it is an oft offered menu item in many places), I was completely bowled over by the great pleasure I had eating this extremely simple dish: steak with fries, accompanied with compound butter and aioli. This was the stuff of simple pleasures, the embodiment of steak and potatoes.

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