Savor Saturday

With Lattes in hand, Super-sous and I are heading over to the Sunset Savor the Central Coast event. I’ll be cooking, speaking and signing my cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, at 3pm. And before that – we’ll be checking out our friend Aarti’s (from Aarti Paarti/Party) demo at Noon.

What else is cool about today? Tonight is the season finale of my show on Veria Living, Good Food America. I hit up an L.A. hotspot on tonight’s episode that is truly delicious – don’t miss it!

Finally, check out this recent interview by the Taste TV team whom I caught up with recently at the National Heirloom Expo!

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Monster Shallot – The Ripley’s of Shallots

I am still marveling at all of the beautiful produce that was on display at the National Heirloom Expo last week.

It was quite eye-opening and I just have to share with you all about an amazing shallot that I now have in my possession thanks to my new pal Christian of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company. It’s so beautiful, it’s going to be hard to slice into it. Just for fun, Super-sous and I laid it out amongst other shallots and an onion to do a little comparison.

The results are in! From left to right.

  • The Monster Shallot coming in at 14 ounces, 7 inches long and 3 & 1/2 inches wide. (Holy Latte.)
  • Next up, a typical red onion you would find at a grocery store or farmers market, weighing 7 ounces.
  • Followed by, a typical shallot you would find at a farmers market in California (previously thought of as huge until Monster Shallot came onto the scene). The California farmers market shallot weighs 3 ounces.
  • And then, a typical shallot you would find at a grocery store across the country – weighing 1 ounce.

Not that size matters… but Monster Shallot is a pretty cool cat and will soon be deliciously prepared in a multitude of ways (since it’s basically about 14 shallots worth in one).

Oh, and did I mention? You can probably procure the seeds for this shallot (or something like it) through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company.

And now… let’s eat!

 

The Converted

With Blue Bottle Lattes in hand, Super-sous and I are heading back to Los Angeles after a wonderful week / weekend in Santa Rosa and San Francisco.

While in San Francisco, we stayed with some of Super-sous’ extended family – a beautiful couple and their two sweet girls – for the weekend. It was a cooking extravaganza. Much to my honor, this family loves cooking from my cookbook and is hungry (pun intended) to learn more. So, Super-sous and I had a blast cooking, teaching and sharing as much as we could.

Now, funny thing about this situation. One out of four of this beautiful family LOVES eggplant. Meaning, the other three do NOT like eggplant. Translation, this family does not eat eggplant. Therefore, all of my delicious eggplant recipes have been passed over with a flip of the page.

Until…

Since we left the National Heirloom Expo with a delicious bounty of heirloom tomatoes and eggplants plus onions, garlic, parsley, fennel, and basil, we were in the perfect position to make my roast eggplant caponata and indulge the eggplant lover in the family. The ONE eggplant lover.

Did I say one eggplant lover? Scratch that, now make it FOUR eggplant lovers.

And this is how it goes. Take my Dad. He didn’t like eggplant until he tried my recipes (of which I have several in Great Food Starts Fresh).

Turns out, most of the time people don’t like a certain food is simply because it has never been prepared to be its most delicious self. (Don’t even get me started on the evolution of Brussels sprouts-from funk to fabulous / boiled to roasted with bacon (yum) in one generation!)

It’s so wonderful to see the excitement when someone discovers a new taste and the door to a new food flys open.

Eggplant lovers? Grab your cookbooks. Roast Eggplant Caponata. Summer season. Great Food Starts Fresh. It’ll make the skeptics in your life believers.

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Photos, Photos, Photos! National Heirloom Expo Day 3

Day 3 of the National Heirloom Expo and it just gets better each day.

Super-sous and I didn’t have a lot of time yesterday to explore the expo so today we took a few hours to wander, wonder and wow at all that we saw!

Once again, this is an amazing event.

Congratulations to the Heirloom Expo Team who, in only their second year, managed to put on such an inspiring, educational, and eye-opening event for all ages.

We weren’t able to see everything throughout the day or talk to everyone or try every bit of food, but a few wonderful people / produce to mention are:

  • Jerre Gettle for starting the whole Expo with his Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company
  • Paul Wallace, the Heirloom Expo director who masterfully and easefully ran the show
  • Christian Dake of Baker Creek for choosing the most beautiful and delicious produce for me for my cooking demo today
  • Wild Boar Farms for the most beautiful tomatoes I have ever seen
  • The mad skills of master carver Chef Ray L. Duey – a self-taught witty wonder

And so many more wonderful, kind, and generous people…

And now… grab your Latte and enjoy some of our favorite pics from the day!

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National Heirloom Expo Day 2

Today was the 2nd day of the National Heirloom Expo!

This event it truly an amazing gathering of like-minded people focused on pure foods.

The produce displays are out of this world: produce from all around the country, varieties that I’ve never seen or heard of before. Wild Boar tomatoes? Yes, they’re here. Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon? Yes, those too. To have so much come together under one roof (or several roofs) is quite an accomplishment.

The Heirloom Expo is only in its second year, but already the attendance is twice as it was last year. No small feat.

I’m back again tomorrow for a cooking demonstration at 5pm and signing my cookbooks.

For those of you in the nearby area – this is really an affair to see – grab your Latte and come on out!

National Heirloom Expo This Week!

The 2nd Annual National Heirloom Expo is taking place in Santa Rosa, California this week, Tuesday, September 11 – Thursday, September 13 and I couldn’t be more excited!

I’ll be speaking on Wednesday at 5pm on the main stage (Speaker Hall 1) and doing a cooking demo on Thursday at 5pm on the demo stage.

I’ll also be there all day Wednesday and Thursday signing my cookbook, answering your cooking and seasonal produce questions and checking out the amazing speakers that are lined up for this event. (Not only great speakers, but there’s music, movies, food, produce exhibits, art and so much more.)

This is going to be a truly inspiring and informative event.

Come out, bring the family, bring your Latte and enjoy!

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National Heirloom Expo Schedule

It’s official!

I’ll be cooking, speaking and signing books Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 at the National Heirloom Expo.

I’ll be there all day signing my cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, and doing my cooking/speaking demo at 5pm on both days.

So, grab your Lattes and come on out. There are so many great speakers to see in addition to  booth after booth of fresh produce, farmers, artisans and lovers of sustainable agriculture.

See you all there!