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Valerie Rice

Garden

Why have a garden? Especially If you live in Santa Barbara, with its great soil, weather, and diverse growing options, the real question is, what are you waiting for? There are a multitude of benefits to growing your own fruits and vegetables: fresh, organic produce, no pre-handling or washing, the therapeutic aspects of gardening, exposure […]

borscht

Borscht

I made this as a starter for 70 guests at a end of the school year appreciation luncheon. The beets were just popping out of my garden and I though it would be so fun to use them in a non-traditional sort of a way…

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Zucchini Ribbons

The last time we were in Tuscany, this simple zucchini salad was brought to our table family style. It proves the old adage “simpler is better…”

healthy buttermilk pancakes

Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes

After making this easy pancake recipe you will never use a store bought mix again. This recipe originated from a chef friend of mine, Maili Brocke…

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Aunt Penny’s Marinara

This is so easy and delicious. I always have it on hand and use for pastas, pizza and stuffed zucchini blossoms. You can also use fresh tomatoes, too…

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Zucchini and Zucchini Blossoms

I look forward to fried zucchini blossoms as soon as I plant the seedlings in the garden. Here’s a great recipe I hope you enjoy as much as I!