Monthly Archives: April 2012

Pickles, Pesto and the Zero Waste Radish

Ravishing Radishes herald Spring and I have long ignored their siren call. But seeing them in such abundance at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market this week tempted me to grab 10 bunches, which at $1 a bunch is very very friendly.

In a house of pickle lovers, the beautiful glass mason jar was the fate for all the red hearts.  After which I was left with endless bright green peppery leaves, far too many to go straight to the compost bin.  One bite and I knew it could only be pesto. Continue reading

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Introducing Lemonilla Marmalade (Giveaway)

For the LOVE of Marmalade!  We are so excited to introduce Lemonilla Marmalade.  Made with Meyer Lemons from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and whole Vanilla beans. This delicate jam with thin cut Lemon rind floating throughout,  is sweetened only with organic cane sugar and is the perfect snack with fresh chevre and crusty bread.  Order yours here.  Also enter to win a FREE JAR of Lemonilla Marmalade by leaving a comment on this blog.  A winner will be picked Sunday, normal Red Bread Shipping restrictions do not apply to this contest all US Citizens may enter.

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A Master Class in Pizza with Hitchcock’s Leading Ladies

Over a month ago I had the pleasure of taking a master pizza class with Kristen Ferguson, the Pastry Chef at Silver Lake favorite Forage.   Kristen is a pizza fanatic and an incredible teacher.  She also has these amazing chickens that run amuck in an idyllic backyard complete with a Cobb Oven.  Having gotten there early, I spent at least 30 mins squawking and running around with them.

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April Walks and Venice Sisters: A Force for Good Under 10

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Victory For Beginners or Cultivate Your Dirt

Today there are beets and watermelon sprouting in the garden.  Basil has broken through in the nursery. The tomato and strawberry transplants look full of promise for future fruit.  And the radishes continue to grow ravishingly in the raised beds!  I am helping things grow!  But I get way ahead of myself…

Two years ago I killed three basil plants while in student housing.  We moved and to see what was growing we let our new small garden go to seed for the season…and the next and another one because I had no idea what I was doing.  Until a short time ago, I had not given gardening a second thought.  That there were trees around, flowers blooming and food growing was lost on me, or rather common place.  I like most people, had no real idea what food looked like in its natural state.  The dirt.  A little over a month ago, I took on the LA Victory Garden for Beginners.  And dirt was only the beginning.  Gardening like most things is about paying attention.  With some basic knowledge, a watchful eye and sense of adventure your green thumb will grow.  Let’s cover knowledge here!

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Introducing Strawsilberry Jam! (Giveaway)

I am excited to announce our first seasonal jam at Red Bread.  Strawsilberry Jam!  Made with huge organic strawberries, fresh basil and lemon from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. This bright jam  is sweetened only with organic cane sugar and is the perfect treat on our Roasted Garlic Loaf, stirred into yogurt or sinfully heaped on a spoon.  We have already sold out the first batch to rave reviews!  Order yours here.  Also enter to win a FREE JAR of Strawsilberry Jam by leaving a comment on this blog.  A winner will be picked Sunday, normal Red Bread Shipping restrictions do not apply to this contest all US Citizens may enter.  Let the Jamming begin!

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An April Fools Birthday

A year ago this week we adopted the most incredible dog and named him Theodore Roosevelt.  Teddy is so handsome, more people in Venice recognize him than either of us.  We are the people with THE dog.  I am totally ok with this.  Teddy is THE dog.  He is every perfect stereotype. He loves fire hydrants.  Gets in Warner Brothers Cartoon worthy fights with squirrels, butterflies and rabbits.  He cannot decide who he wants to chase down or bark louder at:  the Mail Man or the UPS Man.  Once he saw a representative of both and was literally paralyzed with indecision.  The Fedex guy is cool though, he slips Teddy treats.

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