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Getting Busy on the Eve of 50

12 weeks into our expedition and I am OK…actually, I’m much better than OK. What I mean to say is that I really wasn’t certain how I would take to this nomadic lifestyle…and I’m pretty sure Anastasia was even more worried about my transition than I was. Leaving our home in Altadena for a year-long […]

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Recipe: Lei-Lani’s WIP Chick Pea Salad

Forgive the lengthy preamble, but I must set the stage… Yesterday, the lovely Anne Sutton, mother of our dear friend Emily James, wondered what we missed most after being on the road for 11 weeks. “Our friends” was our first answer. “Cooking” ran a distant second. I don’t want to wax long and sappily about […]

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Recipe: Stasia’s Famous Herb Shallot Vinaigrette

This is my goto vinaigrette dressing. It’s super simple and basic, but everyone seems to go crazy over it. Especially the vegetarians. I don’t know why. Perhaps someday I will conduct a study. This dressing is terrific with an additional squeeze of citrus – lemon and grapefruit especially – and loads of fresh ground pepper. […]

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The Real Dirt on Family Farms

It had not yet begun to rain when we left the dog at the vet and Jonas started into town to return the trailer. Three days on River Run Farm & Pottery in Kentucky and Mattie had had her share of adventures: She had chased down several sheep, nipping at their heels, endlessly “herding” them before […]

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Recipe: Tuscan Liver Crostini

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living. INGREDIENTS 1 pound chicken livers* Fine sea salt Freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1/2 cup chopped red onion 6 anchovy fillets, chopped 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed, drained, and placed in vinegar to cover […]

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Recipe: Momofuku Pork Buns

This recipe is courtesy of chef David Chang, the amazing chef at the helm of Momofuku and Milk and among others and reprinted from Martha Stewart Living. Don’t let the work dissuade you. These are AMAZING! Making the Buns Makes 30 Ingredients 2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 1/2 tablespoons pork fat or […]

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Right In Our Backyard

Last weekend I attended the Urban Ecology Extravaganza right here in little ol’ Altadena, CA. I have lived in Altadena since 2004 and not too much happens here (which is a good thing, mostly) but over the last six months Altadena has established a certified organic & local Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays 3pm-7pm  and a […]

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