That First Sign Of The Season

You know what it’s like. That first sighting of new bounty at the market. In spring it’s peas, tomatoes, fava beans and strawberries. In summer it’s fresh garlic, corn, figs, cherries and jammy sweet blackberries, mulberries and raspberries and of course the stonefruit. Summer wouldn’t be complete without peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums and in the fall and winter you know it’s all about pears, apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, persimmons and pomegranates lining the stalls at the farmer’s market. At first sight, it’s…

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#YouDontOwnMe

Remember, we do have choices in how we choose to live and what we bring to the kitchen table so that means instead of waiting and hoping that our government will label GMO foods, we can instead just make sure not to eat their conventional foods that we know are compromised. So, try means incorporating more produce from small local farms that are at your farmer’s market and eating less packaged foods. Also, know that grains are heavily treated with agro-chemicals in…

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Will I See You Saturday?

Hello and Happy New Year. It’s 2017 and I’m kicking it off with a FREE farmer’s market tour and conversation on Saturday, January 7th at the Santa Monica Farmers Market . Come learn how to navigate any farmer’s market with confidence and shop with your budget and lifestyle goals in mind. Bring a pad, pen, tote and cash if you would like to buy any of the bounty. This is a FREE two-hour tour, however donations are always appreciated – even if…

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A Living Christmas

This time of year with all the Christmas tree lots open for business, I get a little sad thinking about all the trees that have been grown just to chop down and then, to be discarded without any care in the world. The streets littered with dead trees has haunted me ever since I was a little girl. I absolutely cannot bear it and always wished that there was a better way.   About 7 years ago, I came across…

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Are You Really Connected To Your Local Food?

Connecting to your food isn’t just about knowing how your food was grown, if it is organic or local or if your animals were raised humanely. Connecting to your food also means having appreciation and connecting to the lives of and for the people harvesting it and in many cases, they are immigrants. They are eager and willing to do the strenuous hard work that unemployed American citizens don’t want to do. No one is taking away the jobs of…

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What’s In Season? Persimmons and Pomegranates oh my…

Hello Everyone! It’s definitely Autumn at the farmer’s market and I couldn’t be more excited with all of the gorgeous persimmons and pomegranates. I hosted my Shop, Prep and Cook class on Saturday and we made a delicious pomegranate and fresh herb salad and so today, I decided to revise it and add persimmons too! I hope you enjoy the recipe and please feel free to share your pics and kitchen adventures here as well. Would love to see what you’re…

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Autumn Has Arrived At The Farmer’s Market

When you see persimmons at the market you know the fall season is in effect! My favorite thing to do with a persimmon? Slice it in half but not all the way through. Put it on s sheet of foil and in the cut put a dollop of coconut oil or butter. Seal foil completely around persimmon and bake at 400 for easy 45 minutes or until super soft – for some reason persimmons take forever to cook down. Let…

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Are Your Healthy Living Needs Being Met?

There is a lot in the world to be angry about and while I could make a list, let me instead share my frustration when I witness the needs of so many people being neglected in the healthy living community. While every mainstream “expert” is selling hundred-dollar cleanses, everyday people still have to suffer trying to change their lifestyle for the better. Let’s be clear, eating well is a right not a privilege! You wouldn’t know it if you looked…

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Embrace Cooking By Keeping It Simple.

Simple food is delicious and really, all you will ever crave so unless you are trying to be a master chef, stop making your culinary goals so lofty that they are preventing you from doing anything at all in the kitchen. So, for example – When it comes to eggs you can make an amazing inexpensive meal with just a few… You can whip up an omelet or add veggies, cheese, herbs and or meats with some paprika or herbes…

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It’s Not The Gluten Folks.

What’s Really Making You Sick After You Eat? Gluten gets such a bad wrap and it blows my mind because unless you are afflicted with celiac disease why on earth are you not questioning the mass amounts of agro-chemicals needed to harvest conventional wheat or the endless synthetic chemical additives that are in your food? You gotta admit it’s kind of odd that you don’t and are willing to spend insane amounts of money on gluten free products but balk at…

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