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Olive Harvest at Highland Springs

If it’s fall in California, it’s time for the olive harvest… and if you’ve got 750 olive trees, you’re going to need some helping hands. That’s what’s going on this month at Highland Springs Ranch, a historic California ranch and inn with olive trees that date back as far as 1854. Why the big push […]

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apple chips

One-Ingredient Apple Chips

These apple chips have so few ingredients, if they had any fewer ingredients, they would not exist. That’s a back-handed way of saying that there’s only one ingredient in these apple chips: apples. Last weekend, we had a chance to head out to a farm (Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho) and pick a whole bunch […]

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eggplant tahini

Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranates

You probably think of eggplant dishes as kind of an old fall-back; tasty but not all that nice to look at. But what if you dressed them up with bright, fanciful colors and made it the star of your show? That’s the basic idea of this Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranates. It’s grilled eggplant, topped […]

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cauliflower date

Cauliflower Date Pistachio Salad With Mint and Dill

Cauliflower – Some people say you either love it or you hate it. But with this Cauliflower Date Pistachio Salad, it doesn’t even matter if you like cauliflower or not. You’re going to love this salad and you’re going to want to eat it all the time – it’s that good. For those who are […]

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sourdough bread

Sourdough Bread and the Art of Fermenting

Can you say (or even think) the word “sourdough” without your mouth watering? There’s something about that chewy, tangy flavor that is uniquely crave-worthy. And here’s something else to know about sourdough – it has some surprising health benefits as well. We learned all of this and more at the recent Fermentation Festival at 123 […]

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Fig Millet Kale Salad

Fig Millet Kale Salad with California Figs

Figs are a strange and wonderful fruit (although not actually a fruit – more on that in a minute). As fig season draws near, we thought we’d take a look at all things fig. First; it’s a California thing: California produces 100% of the nation’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs. California grows […]

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