All posts tagged: FOOD

12 Days of Christmas from Santa Cruz

Twelve days of Christmas gifts and goodies from Santa Cruz, California. First day … A winter della frutta fruit cake. Second day … two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Third day … three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fourth day … Four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fifth day … Five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Sixth day … Six Goose’s Toffee, five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Seventh day … Seven Lula’s Caramels, six Goose’s Toffee, five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fruit cake: Gianna’s Baking Company of Castroville |  Jam: Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting of Santa Cruz |  Apples: Billy Bob Orchards in Watsonville |  Snowflake cookies:  Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola | Sparkling Cider:  Martinelli’s  |  Toffee: Goose’s Goodies  |  Caramels from: …

Melon dessert balls

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.  

Muffin Tops

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”.

Updated carrot salad

After a trip to the farmer’s market, we made old fashioned carrot salad, but gave it an update.  The homemade mayonnaise with lime and ginger gave it an asian flair, so instead of raisins we topped it with poppy seeds, which looked perfect with the spaghetti cut on the carrots. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD COMMERCIAL USE.  

Thai Green Curry

Tony made Thai green curry from scratch, toasting and then grinding all the spices with a mortar and pestle.  We even grew the Makrut lime ourselves for the leaves and zest.  The sticky rice was steamed in an authentic Thai basket used for just this purpose.  The flavors were so bright the curry was unlike anything we have had in a restaurant.