Stocking Up Your Fall Pantry: Chicken, Beef & Vegetable Stock Recipes

October is swiftly coming to an end. Though the weather has played many tricks on us this season I am still determined to support my traditional notion of cooking soup during the fall. As far as I’m concerned – it’s my right to expect and demand soup in the fall; Continue reading “Stocking Up Your Fall Pantry: Chicken, Beef & Vegetable Stock Recipes”

The Great Squash Soup Duel: Davis vs. Dye

 

As most of you know, the Jonathans are the creative culinary force behind OurLocaltopia. They are each extremely talented cooks, with divergent styles that inform and strengthen each other. Occasionally their differences come out in epic Iron chef style duels, like the one detailed below. I was lucky enough to experience this duel in person, and while I could never pick a decisive winner, the  process was educational and, of course, delicious! Read on for details on two seemingly similar dishes, Continue reading “The Great Squash Soup Duel: Davis vs. Dye”

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!”

Join OurLocaltopia for a FREE “Tailgating” Cooking Class at the Yorba Linda Public Library

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Join OurLocaltopia this Thursday evening, September 12th at 7pm at the Yorba Linda Public Library for a FREE “Tailgate Party” themed cooking class, part of the Library’s ongoing NiteLife series. Continue reading “Join OurLocaltopia for a FREE “Tailgating” Cooking Class at the Yorba Linda Public Library”

Italian Crudo with Fresh Garden Flavor

Crudo may be served family style or laid out on a serving piece

An evening shared with close friends is hard to beat, and this week I had the opportunity to cook and dine with my close friends, the Parkers. I have worked with Jane Parker at Williams-Sonoma for years; her daughter Annie is a very good friend of mine and possesses fearless taste. Jane is an exquisite cook and hostess, and whenever she opens her house to entertain there is an absolute certainty there will be fine food, great style, and a completely relaxed evening. (I’m still taking notes on how to execute a gathering as well as Jane!) Read on for a photo gallery of our fresh-from-the-yard meal, and the recipe for an amazing Italian crudo… Continue reading “Italian Crudo with Fresh Garden Flavor”

Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck – Friday July 26th at 5pm

A few seats left in this excellent evening of farm, food and fun in Fullerton!
A few seats left in this excellent evening of farm, food and fun in Fullerton!

Guess what! There are a FEW seats left in The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s upcoming Summer Farm Dinner, which will be chefed by Jonathan Dye and will include food harvested from the Fullerton Arboretum’s farm! This amazing venue is one of north Orange County’s most prized historic and culture centers. Check out the amazing menu and please call or email Janette Pyun to RSVP. First come / first serve for these few remaining tickets! Details, menu and Janette’s contact info are below, so read on… Continue reading “Summer Farm Dinner at The Muck – Friday July 26th at 5pm”

Seasonal Tomato Preserves!

Gather some backyard tomatoes...

Tomatoes are in abundance this time of year, and they never fail to come center-stage at our tables as the heat and light of summer presses on.  This week, we featured a recipe in our cooking class at the Fullerton Arboretum that highlighted some additional potential of the summer tomato: tomato preserves.  It’s not that the idea of a preserved tomato is new – far from it.  But the simplicity with which these particular summer tomatoes are preserved, and the great ingredients added to them that make them sparkle even greater, well, is just magic. Read on for the full recipe and browse the photos of the process in this post’s gallery… Continue reading “Seasonal Tomato Preserves!”

Making Pâté with Alicia Hitchcock and Jonathan Dye – THE VIDEO!

Alicia Hitchcock of Alicia’s Cookery and Catering in Brea, CA recently invited us into her kitchen to learn how to make a simple country pâté. She suggested that we film the process so she could share it with her friends and customers. So take a look and get inspired! Alicia makes it look easy… and guess what? It is! Pâté can be simple, quick to assemble and delicious! Keep reading this post for the full written recipe…

Continue reading “Making Pâté with Alicia Hitchcock and Jonathan Dye – THE VIDEO!”

Southern Cooking Night at Thursdays in the Kitchen

These bad boys are about to get fried!
These bad boys are about to get fried!

Tonight’s Thursdays in the Kitchen topic is Southern Cooking and Alicia Hitchcock and Jonathan Dye are working the students through a menu of delightful down-home cuisine. Did you miss the class? Maybe you want to share the recipes with some friends? The link below will take you to the booklet. Pictures from class are being posted, so keep an eye out for more to show up soon!

Southern Cooking Recipe Booklet – 6.13.13

Jonathan and Alicia are whipping up some down home goodness.
Jonathan and Alicia are whipping up some down home goodness.

Thanks to everyone who came out and please consider signing up for some of the upcoming Thursdays in the Kitchen classes. Check out the coming classes here: http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/edu_culinary.php

A few more photos from the Southern Cooking class…

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Pâté Preview

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Have you ever wondered how to make that mysterious and delicious dish, pâté? Well, stick around because in the next few weeks Our Localtopia and Alicia Hitchcock will be releasing our newest culinary video, a how-to on pâté creation! Watch this site for more info, and check out this teaser shot of the pâté that was made!

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