UPCOMING 2017 TABLE & FIELD COOKING CLASSES AT FULLERTON ARBORETUM

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We have great news! The cooking class schedule for Fullerton Arboretum’s classes with Table & Field has been decided through the end of 2017. All of our upcoming Fullerton Arboretum classes are listed below and you can register for there via the Arboretum’s website right hereContinue reading “UPCOMING 2017 TABLE & FIELD COOKING CLASSES AT FULLERTON ARBORETUM”

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!”

Summer Update and New Classes!

IMG_0921Greetings Friends!

We have been away from our blog for several months, so it’s time for a big update! First and foremost, we are happy to announce a variety of upcoming classes! These new classes have been scheduled at the Yorba Linda Public Library and at the Fullerton Arboretum for the remaining 2016 and early 2017 season. Thank you so much to each of our loyal guests who have come to learn, laugh, and eat with us through the past seasons… we look forward to seeing you again! Read on for a list of class dates, descriptions and information. And then keep reading for personal notes from the Jonathans! Continue reading “Summer Update and New Classes!”

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”

Testing Recipes for Next Week’s Class!

We are so excited to be back at the Fullerton Arboretum this Thursday, August 27th for our cooking class, “Simple & Sophisticated Entertaining.” (If you haven’t had the chance to sign up, follow this link to the Fullerton Arboretum’s registration page!)

In class, we’ll be preparing:

  • Crostini with Manchego Cheese
  • Seasonal Tomato Salad with Sherry Vinegar
  • Marinated Grilled Beef with Carrot Top Chimichurri
  • Dulce de Leche Cookies (known as Alfajores)

Continue reading “Testing Recipes for Next Week’s Class!”

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”

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”

Seeds & Seedlings: Reconnecting After A Busy Season!

Happy New Year from OurLocaltopia! Now that 2014 has past and the promise of 2015 is on the horizon, we want to RECONNECT! We look forward to updating you with regular postings again, sharing what we’re involved in and excited about. It’s been 6 months since our last post (for good reasons), so here’s an update on what has been keeping the trio at OurLocaltopia busy.

On the Farm with Jonathan Davis…

I’ve gone back to the land! In April my family and I purchased 20 acres of raw land at 3500 feet in  Aguanga, Ca. The price was right Continue reading “Seeds & Seedlings: Reconnecting After A Busy Season!”

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!