Still Life Masters

  This January it was my turn to host a luncheon for my Gourmet Cooking Group.  My cooking team decided we wanted the menu to feature citrus, which is in peak ripeness this time of year.  With citrus in mind, we decided the theme of our luncheon would be Still Life Masters.  This theme … [Read more...]

Orange California

My son is now 17 years old and he will go to college in a year and a half.  Where has the time gone?!  My young son is growing into a young man right before my eyes.  We recently visited Southern California to look at four prospective colleges. He and I had a great trip; wonderful “mother and son” … [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...]

Orange Baked Ham

Orange Baked Ham Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten 1 (5 to 8 pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone 3 cloves of garlic 4 1/2 oz. orange marmalade 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed Zest from 1/2 orange 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange … [Read more...]

Poached Shrimp with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Poached Shrimp with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad 4 whole jumbo shrimp (with shells still on…the head optional!) ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning ½ lemon, cut into wedges water 1 Hass avocado, diced 1 sweet grapefruit ½ red bell … [Read more...]

Avocado and Trio of Orange Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Dressing

Avocado and Trio of Orange Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Dressing 1 Hass Avocado 1 Cara Cara Orange (or any variety of sweet oranges) 2 Blood Oranges 1 Kumquat Baby pea shoots 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan variety 2 Tablespoons of juice from one of the blood oranges 1 … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken with Bitter Orange Marmalade….

Roasted Chicken with Bitter Orange Marmalade, Roasted Tomatoes, and Ginger    Recipe from "TEN" by Sheila Lukins FOR THE OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOES 8 ripe plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sugar freshly ground black pepper, to taste FOR THE … [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...]

Harvest Time for Oranges!

All over the state in California, our landscape is dotted with orange trees.  Numerous commercial orchards are to be found as you drive through the state's Central Valley.  Furthermore, many of California's residents grow citrus in their backyards - orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat, and … [Read more...]