Happy 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.
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.
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!”
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”
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)”
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”
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.