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Places California: Regalo Premium Olive Oil, Ojai, California

March 11th, 2014 Comments off

I wrote about our day trip to Ojai, a few days ago and Regalo Premium Olive Oil was one of our last stops for the day. We tasted a variety of fine olive oils, all pressed from olives on the estate, crushed and bottled in their small facility right next to the tasting room. We ended up leaving with a coupe of bottles of oil, even though it wasn’t cheap, but the quality was very, very high. I look forward to some great salads and pasta dressed with it in the coming months. An olive olive tasting at Regalo is a great way to spend some time in a lovely setting in, the already lovely town of Ojai. I think a tasting before lunch or dinner would be a great way to whet your appetite for a great meal at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.

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Watercolor photograph of Regalo’s Tasting Room

Regalo’s tasting room is open Friday and Saturday from 10a-5pm and Sundays from Noon until 5pm. The setting is lovely amid the surrounding olive and citrus groves and they have a variety of oils and imported balsamic vinegars to taste. I want to return again between October and December to try and catch the harvest and crush. I love seeing how products are made and olive oil production is something I know little about.

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Regalo Premium Olive Oil, 283 Carne Road, Ojai, CA

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Photo: Suga Scuie Scuie pasta #food #pasta via Instagram

March 11th, 2014 Comments off

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Make this dish yourself – Suga Sciue Scuie Recipe from Recipes in Rotation

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Link Focus: Food | Hedgehog Cupcakes by Maria Olejniczak from Cupcakes Take the Cake

March 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Hedgehog Cupcakes by Maria Olejniczak from Cupcakes Take the Cake

Whether you have hedgehogs in your garden (or just wish there were) these amazingly cute sugary hedgehogs are a triumph of food art. Far beyond my own food skills and patience I think there are absolutely adorable.

There isn’t much information on the web site, but it looks like these are made from marzipan paste with chocolate sprinkles for the spiny coat. Those mushrooms are wonderful in their own right.

Hedgehog cupcakes

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Food, Glorious, Food – End of the Day for March 5, 2014

March 5th, 2014 Comments off

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If you have been reading “My Word” for any length of time, you already know that the topics covered here ebb and flow, just as interests and opportunities ebb and flow in my life as a whole. It only makes sense, as My Word is basically a reflection on what is happening in my life. You will have noticed lately an increase in food-related posts (along with photography) in the last few weeks. That might seem odd, considering I am still trying to lose weight, but rather I think it is a result of that. Since I am eating less, I find that I am enjoying it more. I don’t get lots of sweets and snacks, so when I do have them, I want it to be the best possible. If I am going to have a burger, I am going to have a really good burger, not your average fast food variety. This new focus has led me into another possible series for this blog, too, focusing on artisanal foods. My concept of food can also be extended to mean “brewed” foods like beer, coffee, cider, distilled spirits, and more. (SMILE)

A new (food) series

Next week I will be recording the first interview for this new series (as yet unnamed — any suggestions?). This will be a video interview, on-site with a food maker, but I foresee possibilities of also doing audio podcasts, Google+ Hangouts and more as the situation allows or warrants. As I often say about podcasting and new media in general, it is best to follow your interests — those things that intrigue you — as it only makes sense that it will interest others.

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Suggestions?

With any blog, podcast or YouTube series, it is important to generate as many ideas for topics and guests as possible before you actually start. This allows you develop a scheduled and flow without constantly worrying where the next guest is coming from. If you have any favorite artisanal food products and/or food makers, please pass along their contact information. I’d love have them on the show and share their products, thoughts and desires with as many people as I can.

Ideally I would like to talk with individuals or small groups who are producing products in small volumes, in house. I love to highlight the underseen and underheard in any area of my work, as those who have already developed a certain level of success don’t need the exposure quite so much. That said, I am open to any suggestions you might have. If you think they and their products are interesting, I will certainly talk with them further. 

Look for the first (test?) episode of this new series sometimes late next week. Send me ideas for guests and products. I think it will be fun, interesting and, best of all, tasty!

 

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Photo: On tap for Food truck Friday this week — White Rabbit and Burnt to a Crisp via Instagram

March 5th, 2014 Comments off

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Photo: Salted Caramel Polenta Coffee Cake at Creme Caramel LA via Instagram

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In sickness and in health – End of the Day for February 24, 2014

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

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The Winter colds have arrived, but I hope that I remain cold-free for at least a little while. Joseph was home with the typical sinus and sore throat complaint, like a lot of other kids and adults. I have noticed that since I had my gall bladder out and lost some weight I seem to be a little less susceptible to colds and such. Unfortunately, this seems to be offset by a higher incidence of allergy trouble. I never really had much problem with that in the past, but it seems I have grown more sensitive as I have grown older.

Of course, with the boy home from school, work didn’t proceed as normally as I would have hoped. I got a lot done, including a question and answer video for a UCLA Extension Voiceover class and my usual, weekly Career Opportunities podcast, but other things had to be set aside. I made us a great big pot of spicy ramen using somen noodles and some do the pulled pork we had left over. Add in a little creole spice mix and it was a great comfort to both of us. I am hope Joe can get back to school tomorrow as it is also an important day of rehearsal for the musical along with all his usual school work.

Recipes in Rotation: Tuscan Sausage and Potato Soup - 1

Not tonight’s ramen, but another one of my warming and comforting soups from dinners past

Recipe: Tuscan Sausage and Potato Soup

Meanwhile I will cross my fingers and toes, drink a little more OJ than usual and make sure U get a bit more sleep, just to stave off anything that might be in the air. For me, I often catch things worse than the original recipient as my immune system seems less capable of fighting stuff off.

They are predicting cooler temperatures and rain from Wednesday though Sunday, so I am also thinking it might be a great time to curl up, hunker down and let the storm (in all its forms) pass on by.

 

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51 of My Favorite Things for February 21, 2014 – Shared links from Douglas E. Welch

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

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As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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February 20th, 2014 Comments off

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Photo: Pho! via #instagram

February 15th, 2014 Comments off

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