Mini Caprese Canapes

I hosted a going-away party this weekend and had a chance to put together some fun little canapes for… [more]

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Irvine Tuesday Certified Farmers Market

When I first walked up to the Irvine Tuesday market in the Irvine Historical Village, I was honestly… [more]

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Farmer’s Markets

Laguna Niguel Certified Farmers Market

Located in the parking lot of a busy strip mall in an upscale neighborhood, the setting of the Laguna Niguel certified farmers market seems unlikely.  However, the difficult parking and crowded aisles belie the fact that this is by far [more …]


Tanaka Farms CSA

Tanaka Farms of Irvine offers one of the three CSA programs available in Orange County.  Tanaka Farms delivers their CSA boxes weekly, with a suggested 8 week commitment.  The offer one mixed fruit and veggie produce box [more …]


Get pasta and get local at Mangi Con Amore

I was already sold on the best fresh pasta I have ever tasted, in about four minutes in the comfort of your own kitchen.  When I found out that Mangi Con Amore sources all of their produce ingredients from the [more …]

Local OC

Portola Coffee – Review and Giveaway! CLOSED

From the moment I opened the bag, I knew that something was different about this coffee.  The strong, delicious smell of coffee permeated the room almost immediately, to the degree that my entire home smelled like a coffeehouse for the [more …]

Natural Living

Southern California family produces ALL their food on 1/5 acre urban lot

This is not for the gardening-challenged (like me), but certainly could inspire some of us to plant a few more easy-growing herbs and tomato plants.  Enjoy!


More canapes. . .Southwest Potato bites

Here is another easy summer canape that I prepared from some beautiful baby red potatoes that I got at the Laguna Hills farmers market.  You can make them ahead and refrigerate–just cover them lightly with plastic wrap so that the [more …]