Baby it’s dry outside: Dehydrated Herbs

Herbs that is! Los Angeles is technically supposed to be a desert . None of the vegetation is natural here… We go through droughts. Herbs cost money. Buy them at the market for $1 and dehydrate or air dry. In supermarkets herbs such as rosemary can cost up to $5-$8. Let’s save a few bucks and dehydrate more… here’s what I have so far. More to come!

 

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June’s food holidays! Just to name a few

I’m naming them all, actually. A multitude of holidays such as National Iced Tea Day were listed from the fun site TheNibble.com . Root beer day happens twice?? Ridiculous! Please, keep in mind a former President has taken the time to declare these official. ;-P

All Month

One day only

Delivered produce starting at $25

Delivered produce starting at $25

Oh did I mention that it’s all organic, fresh, seasonal and local!

FarmFreshToYou.com is among many is the ‘farm to table’ movement. This week has brought me a few new fun things. I refuse to look as I love a surprise, but you can even log-in and change your order… prior to delivery date deadlines. I’m in love with this idea! Click the photo to sign up!

Happy National Iced Tea Day!…Lady Palmer

Happy National Iced Tea Day!...Lady Palmer

Lady Palmer keeps the fun going with a side car of Iced Tea and is perfect for summertime!

2oz Ford’s gin
1oz iced tea
.5 oz lemon
.5oz simple
2 drops of citrus or hop bitter
Shakes and fine strain into a coupe. Garnish with a side car of iced tea. Sip Sip!

Rye Not?… Whiskey for lunch

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OK say sooo many times while working, people will pick a gin based special over a whiskey special. Why? “Whiskey during the day… I have to go back to the office. (fake giggle) Given this irrational justification. I have designed a cocktail that wraps whisky’s beautiful barrel flavors with a light essence perfect for day time.

 1.5 oz preferred rye whiskey

1 strawberry

3 blueberries

.5 oz honey simple syrup (3 Honey: 1 water)

2 drops cardamom tincutre

In mixing tin muddle fruit , cardamom tincture and honey simple. Add rye whiskey and ice, shake and dirty dump (same ice from shake) into a red wine glass. Add lemon wheels for garnish. YUM!

A little tumeric a day will make the cancer go away!

Whether it is used in a curry, juice or even adding color to ballpark mustard, tumeric is among the healthiest super foods.  Tumeric adds a peppery warmth to any dish/drink and even resembles subtle flavor profiles of ginger and orange rhine. Tumeric provides vast array of health benefits and zero toxicity drawing health nut everywhere to add the spice to their daily routine. One last thing, IT STOP THE GROWTH OF AND KILLS CANCER CELLS!! For more information and a graph of exact nutrition facts visit

The World’s Healthiest Foods!

Tumeric

Detox your liver, kidneys, promote healthy joint function and improve digestion with this concoction.

Credit to Sara Sanch-Bonet. Follow her on instagram @DarthSancho.

6 carrots
1 bunch rainbow chard
3 beets
3 choice apples
1 bunch Italian parsley
1 lemon
1/2 stalk aloe vera
small amount ginger
pinch of tumeric

Juicy Juice

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Chili… for Brunch?

Bloody Mary and Mimosa can stop complaining! Bitches found a new way to enjoy egg… with chili??

I wanted to experiment with some tomato guts I got from juicing some market tomatoes at work. I discovered something much more rich than I expected. Stick a sunny side egg on top and you got a delicious brunch entree easily served and prepared 🙂

Prepare to take a earthy sweet chili, eloquently combatting the egg yolk into a a rich marriage of ever lasting satisfaction. NOMNOM

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Ingredients

1 qt tomato pulp, juice guts or 2 cup tomato paste
1 egg
2-3 cups prepared dark or french roast coffee
1 1/2 brown sugar
1 ½ cups merlot
1 16 oz can vegetable broth or stock
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 bunch chopped flat leaf parsley
1 cup chopped red onions
1 cup chopped leeks
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced carrot
1 thinly sliced Serrano pepper (with seeds)
2 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
4 tablespoon chili powder
4 table spoon cumin
3 tablespoon spanish smoked paprika
1 tablespoon sage
Salt and black pepper

Directions

Before prepping anything else, mix tomato, brown sugar, prepared coffee, chopped parsley, chili powder and liquid smoke in a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir, allow to cool and set in fridge for at least one hour. ( I did it four hours)

Sautee until slightly sweating vegetables with oil and remaining spices in same pot chili will simmer in. A slight caramelization will appear. Then use merlot to relieve season from pan bottom.

Add vegetabe broth and marinating liquid. Sitr and bring mixture to boil. Allow to simmer for a few hours until liquid looks like chili. Fry egg sunny side up and you have your first ever brunch chili!!

When the munchies strike: Dinosaur Egg Pluots

Pluots are a hybrid of plum and apricot… this hybrid provides many varieties of nom goodness. Given its dappled coloring this varietal is trademarked as the ‘Dinosaur Egg’.  Naturely very sweet, pluots have a great deal of nutritious value and are low in fat, making them ideal for snacking or sweetening up other dishes. MMM!

Multiple MOUTHGASMS: Goldie’s on 3rd

I’ve been kind of bored with Los Angeles’ culinary scene lately. Only so many new “unique” taco places you can get excited about. My mouth hasn’t been blown in a while. Last night… CONTINUOUS MOUTHGASMING! Descriptions on each, but I could not even properly describe how I felt the entire meal. The closest I could get is… Remember that sensation you felt as a child running down the stairs Christmas morning ready to rip open your gifts…. IN MY MOUTH! Not to mention the very attractive bartenders and Executive Chef : Drew Andrade. formerly Executive Sous Chef at Spago Beverly Hills, added to the definition of New American Cuisine. After showering us with a delicious array of small plates, cocktails and an amazing dessert, I could not have left happier.

Menu: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

8422, 3RD ST LOS ANGELES

323-677-2470

Savory got a little sweet: Reconstructed Pico de Gallo

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Today, while strolling the West Hollywood Farmer’s Market, I found this vegetable called an Opo Squash. It look like a vegetable gremlin, but it’s watery and slightly refreshing like cucumber with the softness of it’s quash roots. I have found three things to do with it… this is the first! 🙂

Recipe

1/4 thinly sliced Opo Squash
one tomato (1/4″ slices)
thinly sliced red onion
grape seed oil
Salt and Pepper
Lime Juice

Simply, build items and season. Set oven to 300F, and bake for 10-15 min. The tomato should be slightly softened. Squirt a little lime juice and MMMHMMM!