Tomato Overload

There are many ways to save your harvest and if you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with here are some ideas.   First and foremost is…

Fontina & Tomato Tart

Add a baby green salad tossed lightly with olive oil & vinegar for a nice summer lunch or light dinner.

Zucchini Blossom Quesadilla

   I first tasted these at The Santa Monica Farmers Market about 15 years ago when The Two Hot Tamale girls were doing a demo for their restaurant, Border Grill…

Lemon Roasted Chicken

This is by far my favorite dish with hints of Meyer lemon and sea salt and I like to add some roasted baby potatoes to the pan to soak up…

Asparagus Gratin

I love sweet California asparagus, especially the small early stalks simply sautéed in butter and seasoned with a little lemon zest, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. But for serving…

Duck Breast with Grand Marnier Sauce

    Photo: Chef Jon

Christmas Roast

A Christmas Roast, Dec. 2016 After the huge cooking spree for Thanksgiving I’m happy to create a simple elegant meal for Christmas and I always turn to a rib roast.…

Chicken Piccata

An easy weeknight recipe, especially if you make the actual chicken cutlets ahead of time and freeze. Take them out of the freezer and place in the refrigerator before you…

10 must have pantry items for the holidays

10 must have pantry items for the holidays Basic Pantry Organic Chicken Stock Unsalted butter and a variety of oils (Olive Oil, Peanut, Vegetable & Grapeseed) Organic Large Eggs Organic Milk…

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

In honor of my friends birthday I made him these cookies and I had some leftover (this recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies). I took them to last nights cooking…

Santa Maria Style BBQ

Santa Maria style bbq tri tip is traditionally made with a simple rub and grilled over hard wood, sliced thin and served with salsa, pinquinto beans and tortillas. You can…

It’s Hatch Chile Time!

  Get out your BBQ’s or roasters, it’s time for Hatch Chile’s! You’ll want to stock up on these fabulous, versatile chiles while they are in season. Melissa’s Produce brings…