Say Cheese!

Many thanks to the California Farm Water Coalition for sponsoring this tour!

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in just two days ~ how does the time go by so fast?!? In a way, I celebrate Thanksgiving every day by being grateful for so many blessings: family, friends, health, our country, the men and women in the armed forces who keep us safe here and abroad, my community, my cat, my chickens, and so much more.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have with my blog to make new friends and learn so much from them – like the phenomenal farming families I’ve met on farm tours with the California Farm Water Coalition. On this summer’s tour in Modesto and Turlock,we were able to do something we hadn’t been able to before: visit cows, up close and personal!  Touring not one but two dairy farms was a new adventure for all of us, one that I am grateful to have experienced, and wouldn’t hesitate to repeat.

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Sweet Potato Pinwheels

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

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Sweet Potato Pinwheels are the star in November’s issue of Direct Magazine’s The Recipe Box!  Visiting Alvernaz Farms on tour with the California Farm Water Coalition in Livingston, where fourth generation family farmer Jim Alvernaz grows 100 acres of sweet potatoes, inspired me to use the quintessential fall vegetable in a new and flavorful way.

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Orzo Salad with Pesto and Chicken

Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce provided a copy of Best Grill Recipes Ever for me to cook from and review.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

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Melissa’s Produce invites an incredible variety of chefs and cookbook authors to their kitchen, allowing us lucky food bloggers to meet and learn about foods from all corners of the world, prepared using a myriad of methods.  Some ingredient lists and instructions are long and involved, yielding wonderful dishes that are well worth the time spent. Others bring amazing flavors to your table with recipes that are short, sweet, and to the point. Such is the case with Daniella Malfitano’s Best Grill Recipes Ever. This assortment of delicious and straightforward recipes is perfect for busy fall days!

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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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