Posts made in May, 2013

Arnett Farms

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Desserts | 5 comments

Since the early 1900’s the Arnett family has been growing and selling farm fresh produce.  The farm sells more than 200 varieties of stone fruits, citrus and berries.  They diligently load the best of the Fresno, California fruit to serve Farmers' Markets from LA to Irvine.

On Saturday mornings navigating their fresh fruit stand at the Farmers’ Market takes strategy. The bounty of bright orange, cream and rosy summer stone fruit is now in launch mode.








The apricots, dark purple and nearly black plums, pluots,yellow and white peaches and nectarines are teasing us toward the peak of their succulent summertime essence.








Because of the generosity of the Arnett crew, tasting each and every fruit before choosing the sweet and juicy best is encouraged. By 9 am the two lines are winding around the myriad of serious shoppers with cumbersome carts. Watch your toes!








This is the season of the dribbling sweet fruit of your childhood!

Creating luscious but not too sweet fruit crisps, cobblers and pies is on the top of my list this week.

Live it up!








Peach and Blueberry Crisp a la mode—bubbling warm from the oven.









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Essential MP

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in New | 3 comments

Essential MP


Jacques Pépin-- where has he been all my life… or where have I been all my life?

Last winter MP and I discovered 78 year old Jacques on PBS.  He was marching through classic culinary technique episode after episode --cooking food reminiscent of his childhood in France with charming aplomb.

Following World War II at the unlikely age of 14 Jacques mother delivered him to Lyon to begin a restaurant apprenticeship.  That kitchen led him to Paris.

In my defense I may have had a “taste of Pépin” as a child at a Howard Johnson’s.  Fresh from France in the 1960’s, Jacques and his mentor Pierre Franey created menu items for the American palate at the chain of hotels and restaurants.

Some of the pâté and sausages Jacques demonstrated in January left an endearing mark on MP.








On a recent Saturday, he whipped up a Veal Liver Pâté –which he set to cure for a day as well as a Shiitake Mushroom Pork Sausage with Pistachios—hidden for a week.








Now and again, I love arriving in MP’s indulgent kitchen and moving to the summer garden and patio…Because you asked, MP is my poppy, before he was “poppy” to the girls.









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No Greater Love

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in New | 0 comments

No Greater Love


On Memorial Day we reflect on those who served and honor those who stand tall in our place.

Thank you...

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

New Living Translation


"Life is no `brief candle' to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment,

and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible

before handing it on to future generations."

—George Bernard Shaw





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Boudin San Francisco

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in New | 0 comments

Baking Demonstration

Boudin Demonstration Bakery

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Fresh bread baking... can you smell it?




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Unfamiliar Territory

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in New | 0 comments

Unfamiliar Territory


It is difficult to think of much else today-- Oklahoma.

Shock and raw grief insulate families who have lost their beloved.  Eventually the cameras go away; eyes turn elsewhere; reluctantly lamenting hearts return home-- a few intact and unrocked.

There is no map but a guide that sets my stride.

17 years, 7 months, 72 hours...


-- C. S. Lewis in A Grief Observed

I thought I could make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process. It needs not a map but a history. Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

--but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31





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