Category Archives: Seasons

Indian Summer…Santa Barbara

enjoying the harvest

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precious times

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End of Summer…Martha’s Vineyard

respite from the cares of the world…

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 peace that passes understanding

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Postcard from summer…

yellow water melon – honeydew – mystery squash

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will they be as tasty as they are beautiful???

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’tis the season…

…not for Christmas, for red, ripe, strawberries…

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served over flaky, slightly crisp rounds

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of lemon scented scones

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springtime in a bowl!!!

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 26

How quickly the eye adapts; adjusting to the new normal of a drought-ravished landscape; forgetting the wonders of spring!  Although the promised abundance of rain has not materialized, enough has fallen to make a significant difference…

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bright spring green of new foliage and new fruit…

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new growth where there had appeared to be only dead wood…

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amazing bronze of avocado leaves

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and budding apricots

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and hedge roses…

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boysenberry vines re-emerging…

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even small patches of grass becoming a lawn once again!

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Are you also enjoying the gift of green???

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Postcard from the plum tree

glorious color and contrast…

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a beautiful palate inside or out!

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 24

waiting…

purest white against greening meadow grass, the egret enjoys good hunting…

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remnants of last years owl meals cleaned away, replaced with new shavings…

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last night’s sunset silhouettes the waiting box…

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the past two Januarys have provided our first sightings of new occupants for the owl box…today is the 29th…will they appear…???

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drawing from

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Postcard…US 101 South

Fall in Summerland

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Still waiting for fall…

‘Long hot summer’ perfectly describes  Santa Barbara as we near the end of October… too long, too hot, too much summer!!!  Tee shirts, flip flops and shorts – the only way to stay comfortable-

and salads for supper

a nice cold, crisp Caesar !!!

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Caesar dressing (absque ovum)

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2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard

4 anchovy fillets, minced

grated parmesan cheese

whisk ingredients together, adding 1/2 cup olive oil in a steady stream

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dress the whole grain croutons

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toss with Romain

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plate with boiled egg, shaved parmesan, cracked pepper

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So ready for a nip in the air, a cashmere sweater, a hearty beef bourguignon….

California dreamin’!!!

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Strike while the figs are ripe!!

I love to cook – especially in the fall as the days shorten and the air cools!  Not here!!!  We are still in the throes of a particularly hot Indian summer, as I long for the richer, weightier flavors of fall.  Finding both figs and fresh Brussels sprouts in my refrigerator…thanks to my wonderful personal shopper…

halved, salted and peppered

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seared

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figs quartered

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honey drizzled

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served with RANA mushroom ravioli with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of filet mignon

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a fabulous fall fix!!!

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