One of the special things about living in the Santa Cruz area is the local seafood. Just past the town of Davenport, there is an abalone farm, American Abalone, that is open to the public on Saturday. It doesn’t get any fresher than picking out your own live abalone.
I know it sounds unbelievable, but we often have wine leftover. We also have a difficult time finding a decent wine vinegar, so I had the idea of making it out of the leftover wine. After all, how hard can it be? Actually, unlike other projects, this one turned out to be really easy! […]
This was definately “farm to table”, since we actually went to the farm. Artichokes are grown around Santa Cruz, and these were from the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The aioli was made with rosemary and garlic confit. Tip: Garlic confit is a great thing to have on hand. We make it by slowly cooking garlic in oil on the stovetop at the lowest temperature possible, for about an hour, and then keeping it in the refrigerator for safe keeping. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
I really want to be able to have dessert, even when I am trying to eat healthy. It doesn’t have to be ooey gooey, but it does have to look good and taste really good. These melon balls with just a touch of mint simple syrup were elegant and delicious. A little mint from the herb garden made the syrup easy, and the cantaloupe from the farmer’s market were fantastic. Proving that a dessert doesn’t have to have a ton of calories to be a hit. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD COMMERCIAL USE.
Inspired by the Seinfeld episode “Top of the Muffin to You”, I decided to try baking just the muffin tops. Not so impressive looking, since they look a lot like cookies, but the almonds on top definitely put them over the “top”.
For celebrating creativity at Kwanzaa we are sharing ideas for adding an African theme to the table. The principle is to always do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. What a lovely ideal. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography of Santa Cruz, California.
Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors. In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s. The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom – health, wealth, happiness, children and long life. known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.