Strawberry Picking along the California Coast

Each year I anxiously await the strawberries to ripen at my favorite berry farm, where I annually make a pilgrimage and pick until my heart is content.  I find berry picking so peaceful.  I completely enjoy picking berries along side of a friend chatting, while searching for the perfect berry, and … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Blueberries

This past week my son and I went on a road trip to visit colleges and attend campus tours at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara.  I can't believe it is time to start thinking about college?!  It seems that I was just sending him off to kindergarten and buying him Legos and light … [Read more...]

Exotic Rhubarb

To be honest, I have never cooked with rhubarb until I decided to write this article.  There was always this mystery surrounding this vegetable for me.  Every spring I am surprised by the arrival of the beautiful red stalks at my market.  I always stopped to admire them... they are just waiting for … [Read more...]

Lemons and Liquid Sunshine

Our Eureka lemon tree is loaded right now with so many lemons!  It is absolutely beautiful.  And the blossoms for next year's lemons have just opened.  The scent is magnificent.  And, the bees are very busy buzzing all around the tree collecting their coveted pollen. Each spring it is the same… … [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cake with Glazed Oranges and Creme Fraiche recipe from “A Homemade Life” by Molly Wizenberg

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg FOR THE CAKE 4 large egg yolks 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean 2 cups cake flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (4 ozs.) unsalted butter, at … [Read more...]