Thursdays in the Kitchen are BACK!

Thursdays in the Kitchen: Exploring the Autumn Harvest classes start this week at the Fullerton Arboretum!
Thursdays in the Kitchen: Exploring the Autumn Harvest classes start this week at the Fullerton Arboretum!

Don’t forget, folks! The Jonathans are back on Thursday nights at the Fullerton Arboretum this fall! Our three part, holiday focused cooking series kicks off this week with an Early Fall Dinner Party. The menu Continue reading “Thursdays in the Kitchen are BACK!”

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!”

Thursdays in the Kitchen – 4th of July Backyard BBQ Spectacular Class at Fullerton Arboretum

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Fourth of July is just around the corner and OurLocaltopia and the Fullerton Arboretum has you covered! Tonight’s class covered a menu of multiple meats, cocktails and side dishes that will make your BBQ the hit of the neighborhood! Here is the recipe booklet from class tonight: 4th of July Backyard BBQ Recipe Booklet. Share it with your friends, or print a new one since yours is probably covered in BBQ! Read on for the beer cocktail recipe and some pictures from tonight’s class…

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Recipes from Fullerton Arboretum’s “Your Summer Entertaining Menu Made Easy” Cooking Class!

Cooking outside on a summer evening is wonderful!
Cooking outside on a summer evening is wonderful!

Tonight’s cooking class at the Fullerton Arboretum featured fun twists on classic summer time favorites. We made three kinds of salsa, a tomato, onion and pickled cucumber salad, steak with chimichurri and some amazing blueberry tequila ice cream! Check out the recipes in the booklet linked here: Your Summer Entertaining Menu Recipe Booklet 6.20.13

And enjoy some photos from class….

Wasn't this refreshing?
Wasn’t this refreshing?
Four types of basil grown right here at the Fullerton Arboretum accompained tonight's menu!
Four types of basil grown right here at the Fullerton Arboretum accompanied tonight’s menu!

Sophisticated Summer BBQ Class Recap and Recipe Booklet

Hello Thursdays in the Kitchen Friends! Here is the recipe booklet from class tonight and a few pictures of the action! Share it with your friends….

Thanks for coming!

Sophisticated Summer BBQ Recipe Booklet

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Organic Strawberry Ice Cream: Making the Best of a Seasonal Favorite

Farm fresh strawberry ice cream.
Farm fresh strawberry ice cream.

As winter fades and spring comes into the year with all of the promise and excitement we expect, it was time to take advantage of a special ingredient that won’t be with us for much longer.  Jonathan Davis, the farmer at the Fullerton Arboretum has been tenderly caring for strawberries, and since their season is fading I knew my time was limited to make something really special with as many as I could get my hands on… Continue reading “Organic Strawberry Ice Cream: Making the Best of a Seasonal Favorite”

Thursday Night Pomelo Sour

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I mentioned a cocktail during our class on Tuesday that I have been making with some of pomelos and I thought that a recipe might be in order. I am but a budding bartender but I think that this cocktail is a really good one. I believe that it technically falls into “sour” family of drinks – spirit + citrus + sweetener + egg white – but we’re not going to use egg whites (pomelo juice foams up fine Continue reading “Thursday Night Pomelo Sour”

Making Your Own Preserved Lemons

People who like to eat and to cook are crazy about preserved lemons, but I must confess that before the “Thursdays in the Kitchen: Cooking with Lemon” class at the Fullerton Arboretum,  I had never even eaten them. With a heavy lemon crop on the branches and the need for a subject to film in my kitchen at home, I decided to make this short film. Thanks to Jonathan Dye and Alicia Hitchcock for the inspiration!
Want to make your own batch? It’s easy. Follow these short directions and watch the posted video…

Cooking With Lemon at Thursdays in the Kitchen

Last week’s class at the Fullerton Arboretum was much sweeter than its staring fruit. Farmer Jonathan Duffy Davis gave us a primer on lemon ecology and why this ubiquitous fruit is under appreciated. Then, Jonathan Dye and Alicia Hitchcock showcased an amazing menu that included…

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A Love Affair With Lemons

Lemon Bounty

Any time of year – any type of lemon –  my attention is centered.  With the 2nd class in our culinary series fast approaching, I am excited to be revisiting favorite recipes and an AMAZING ingredient in preparation for Thursday the 31st at the Fullerton Arboretum.  We’re going to explore at least six recipes in class this week in which lemon is the “star” ingredient – but I am MOST excited by two of our selections…

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