Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slow Cooker E-Book Promotion is running a special promotion from December 2 through December 20 for my two Slow Cooker Books in digital format.  The books will sell for $3.99 each.  They make a great gift for your friends who have a Kindle, or an IPAD. Click here to buy Slow Cooker, The Best Cookbook Ever and here to buy Mediterranean Slow Cooker. 

Field Trip

In April, Catt White and Dale Steele had a dream; to open a world class market in San Diego.  .  Funded by a Kickstarter,campaign, originally asking for $92,000 the ending total was over $140,000.   In April The San Diego Public Market was born.  I'm a huge believer in supporting local businesses, farms, and the local economy, so today I finally got to go to see the results of the dream.  Here are a few snaps from the day.

Located on National Avenue in the East Village area of San Diego, it's open Wednesdays and Sundays.
An eclectic neighborhood to be sure, but there is plenty of free parking in the back.

You can even stay for lunch.

Fresh fish

Citrus and persimmons

 I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for this worthy project, San Diego deserves a market to rival Pike Place in Seattle. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Every day I am struck by how grateful I am for so many blessings; those of family, friends, and workmates, but also by the small things in our lives that we tend to miss.  The smiles of children in a school yard, the sound of laughter in a restaurant, the aromas of food in our kitchens, and the ability to be able to make choices.
As we transition from Thanksgiving to the next holiday season, let's keep in mind that being thankful makes us better people.  On Thanksgiving day, I placed some quotes on the table related to being grateful, and I think they sum up my feelings to a tee.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.Willie Nelson

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
 A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast

I'm grateful this year for the students and readers who have written to me, or come up to me after a class, to introduce themselves and to talk about recipes and food.  I'm grateful for my family and friends who support me each day, and grateful for being able to travel and see new places, and meet new people.
Wishing you a week filled with gratitude. 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Queen City--Cincinnati's Findlay Market

My weekend in Cincinnati also included a trip to Findlay Market, a farmer's market in downtown Cincinnati. 
Fall vegetables were available from local farms, and they were beautiful!
Lots of vendors inside the market, including this cheese monger
and meat markets

Bacon and still my heart!

It's the mid-west, pork is KING here!
Seeing a trend here!

Probably the last local lettuce of the season.

Beautiful fennel

Since fall had arrived I was loving the glorious color of these trees

The leaves are gone by now, but I loved being in Cincinnati and enjoying this riot of color. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mantra of Naan

 My stay in Cincinnati was so much fun, since I got to spend an afternoon with a few friends and get to know their city.  One stop was Mantra on the Hill, a beautiful space in the Mt. Adams area, housing Chef Yajan Upadhyaya's fabulous Indian restaurant.  Chef Yajan is a friend of one of the girls I was with, and we crashed the afternoon prep session, with my friend saying I had to see how he made naan, Indian flat bread. 
The tandoor had been fired, and the dough was ready and so were we!
After shaping the dough on a football-like mold

Chef Yajan takes the dough and tosses it on the side of the tandoor---
Once the naan has begun to puff, he turns it, then hangs it over the tandoor to further cook
The result?  Perfectly cooked Naan and happy people in the kitchen. 
Thanks Chef Yajan, you rock!  I've already picked out our table for my next visit!