Giving Gifts

cookbooks

Val’s Got a Crush: New Cookbooks

Cookbooks are a deeply personal item, selecting the right fit is about choosing the style of food that best resonates with how you like to cook. For me, it’s always starts with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

preserved lemons

How To: Preserved Lemons

Don’t let the term “preserved” scare you; this is much easier and quicker (really, only minutes) than traditional canning.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gardenista

Whether they’re an eager beginner or already an expert, here are my favorite finds for the garden lover in your life.

cucumbers

Pickled Cucumbers

I’m honored that my roasted tomatillo salsa was included in the Summer 2012 issue of Edible Santa Barbara. Another great recipe in this season’s copy is for these pickled cucumbers.