Citrus Burst

Los Angeles has been experiencing a cold snap for the past few days.  I’m not talking about a slight chill in the air, but a frost advisory night after night.  The lettuces that were growing in my window box have all but wilted thanks to this weather and I have been wearing layers and long sleeves…and that’s indoors!  Now today, it’s wet and rainy with a canopy of grey clouds.

So in the midst of all this Winter weather, I tried my hand at marmalade.  The grocer’s produce bins have been chock full of citrus fruits.  Navel, Cara Cara, and Moro oranges are aplenty.  With an Ina Garten recipe that was easy as pie, I have two jars of marmalade at the ready–blood orange and orange marmalade from Navels.  I halved the recipe for my use and didn’t let it sit overnight before the second boil.  I let it cool for 5-6 hours only.  My new favourite breakfast is toast topped with homemade ricotta cheese and marmalade.

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My First Feature

I responded to an ad on Craigslist at the beginning of September.  It was an ad looking for people to cook and write about food.  You had to submit a writing sample, so I directed them to my (other) blog at Kat Cooks Bakes Eats.

Last week I receieved an email from one of the owners.  We batted emails back and forth for a bit…sample recipes from me, who they are from her, phone numbers…and after a short phone call a meeting was set up for the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesday.

I came home with a bag full of produce and a head full of ideas.  If they liked what I did, I would be featured in their weekly newsletter, showcasing recipes and ideas for the following week’s box of fruits and vegetables.

Well…they liked me!  They really liked me!  If you get a chance, check them out at FarmBoxLA.  You can also download the newsletter with my recipes here:  30 September Newsletter.

I look forward to working with them again soon!

Good News…

…for Californians who are considering starting a food business.  Governor Brown signed AB 1616, also known as the California Homemade Food Act.  This gives people the opportunity to use their own kitchen to make goods and sell them at farmers’ markets, to restaurants, or grocery stores.  There are limitations:  nothing made with dairy or meat can be made in a home kitchen (you’ll have to use a commercial space), but it’s a start.  

Bakers of bread, makers of jam, mixers of spices or salts, if you’ve been playing in the kitchen with ingredients dreaming about starting a little something but couldn’t afford the cost of renting kitchen space, here’s your chance to give it a go.  

You can read AB 1616 here.  

As for me…this past weekend I had overripe bananas and a bag of chocolate chips to do something with.  A muffin with Sunday brunch is an excellent way to begin the day.Image

A Taste for Mom and Dad

So I Skype’d with mom and dad last week and they said they wanted me to make something for them.  And they’d pay me.  You know, since I set up the Etsy shop, my brother has ordered twice.  Is it bad form to have your family pay for your goods?  I kind of like that he put in an official order and all.  Though for mom and dad…well, I’m not going to take their money for an order…but I am very happy to make something for them.

Mom wanted raspberry.  So raspberry is what she’s getting.  She is also getting a taste of my second cookie obsession…shortbread.  How can you not love a cookie completely laden with butter?  I know I can’t.

Raspberry Shortbread for the Parents

The Shop

Up and running on Etsy is the shop for Semplice Gourmet…a step in the right direction…a step into the unknown…the first step to who knows what…but successful regardless…

Semplice Gourmet on Etsy

The scent of garam masala is wafting through the kitchen at the moment…even a 100 degree day won’t keep me from turning on the oven.  I don’t know what direction the roasting vegetables will take, but with that scent, it will be delicious…