Introducing the Enjoya Pepper

Enjoya Peppers

I could not be more excited to share the incredibly stunning Enjoya Pepper with you today!My friend Nancy of Melissa's Produce posted a picture of these peppers on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  My jaw dropped when I saw it.  I'd never seen a pepper like this and at first glace it looked like someone had stroked … [Read more...]

Communing with Happy Cows

California Dairy Farm Tour, Thrifty Ice Cream and Happy Cows |

This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board, written by me and as always, all opinions are 100% my own.Imagine you're standing in the middle of a dairy farm, a California dairy farm, that is.  You're surrounded by approximately 1,800 cows -- some are eating, some are being milked, some are giving … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke Recipe |

You know that restaurant you'd frequent with your friends when you were in high school?  Ours was Vittorio, and a group of us would go after school, during school (don't tell my parents!), on the weekends, and we'd pick up take-out if we wanted to hang out at home.All of us would order the greasy, herbed garlic … [Read more...]



Oh, the Idaho sky.It's important to look up at the sky in Idaho, or you might miss this stunning sight.Still in Idaho Falls, day two on the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour was packed with more great opportunities to learn just why potatoes in Idaho are so famous -- and why they're America's favorite vegetable.  (If … [Read more...]

DAY ONE: IDAHO POTATO HARVEST TOUR & Roasted Poblano Idaho Yukon Gold Potato Soup Recipe

DAY ONE: IDAHO POTATO HARVEST TOUR and Roasted Poblano Roasted Idaho Yukon Gold Potato Soup Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

For more on the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour, you can also check out the remaining days: Day Two, Day Three, and The Last Day.Scroll to the bottom of this post if you're in a hurry to get to the recipe -- though I hope you'll take your time to get to know Idaho with me!What do you get when some fantastic folks from … [Read more...]

30 Sweet & Savory October Apple Recipes

Crimson Gold Apples | Cooking On The Weekends

I'm thinking of starting National Port Glazed Manchego Figs and Prosciutto with Beet Pickled Eggs Day.  Kidding!  (I mean, could it be any more bizarre and specific!?)I just find it so funny that these days there's a special day, week or month to celebrate just about every food in the world (i.e., National Nutella … [Read more...]

Ojai Pixie Tangerines

Ojai Pixie Tangerines | Cooking On The Weekends

Sweet, seedless, and delicious -- that's how I like my citrus. Welcome to the Ojai Valley in Southern California.Melissa's Produce took a few food bloggers (thank you for inviting me!) to Ojai to learn about Ojai Pixie Tangerines. We toured Friend’s Ranch and Churchill Brennis Orchard --  just two of the forty … [Read more...]

Organic Mixed Fruit Box from Melissa’s Produce

Organic Fruit Box From Melissa's

It's rare these days to get anything other than bills and ads in the (snail) mail. So imagine my delight to find a big box at my doorstep when I arrived home the other day. And now imagine how happy I was to unveil a gorgeous collection of seasonal organic fruits! … [Read more...]

Cuyama Orchards: A Farm Full of Beauty, Family and Three-Hundred Acres of Organic Apples!

October 12-Apple Farm-seven

Having grown up in California, I've been able to visit some wonderful, picturesque places.From the Sequoia National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains to the Channel Islands, California is full of beauty.And now I can add another gem to the list -- Cuyama Orchards.  This breathtaking organic apple farm is on … [Read more...]