Nuts About Nuts!

Thanks to the California Farm Water Coalition for sponsoring this farm tour!

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I am always excited and honored when I am invited to participate in a Farm Tour arranged by the California Farm Water Coalition. I know that I’ll be spending time on beautiful farms and ranches with some of my favorite foodie friends as we meet and learn from the amazing farming families around the state.  This summer’s tour took us to farms and dairies in the Modesto and Turlock areas, where we learned about milk and cheese production, habitat restoration along the Tuolumne River, and basically went nuts for nuts – almonds and walnuts, to be exact!

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Harvest Farro Bowl

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Hooray, it’s October! Work, school, sports and activities are keeping us all busy, and we are ready to welcome in all the fall fun that the month brings: pumpkin patch visits and pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, costume parties, corn mazes and haunted houses.  With more treats than time on our hands, quick and healthy meals are a must, and Harvest Farro Bowls are just the ticket.

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Fall Harvest Salad

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I’m so happy when I have the opportunity to support amazing organizations and cook from amazing books at the same time! Today I bring you Cuisine del Sol, a cookbook celebrating 20 years of Pier del Sol, the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in Southern California. The Special Olympics Southern California team presented this delicious collection of recipes at a recent media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce, and I know you’re going to love the recipe for Fall Harvest Salad with Sparkling Cider Vinaigrette!

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Baking a Difference with Spiced Pear Pecan Pie

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I am so honored to be part of OXO’s Bake a Difference for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this month.  Baking to support this organization, which raises funds to support research addressing the number one cause of childhood death by disease in the U.S., is a labor of love indeed.  My recipe for Spiced Pear Pecan Pie blends traditional and modern; two of my favorite fall flavors come together in my grandmother’s pie crust, using some of OXO’s coolest kitchen tools – for a dessert that is mouthwateringly good!

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