Happy Birthday to Me

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Photo by Evan Janke

Happy Birthday to me! Suzanne Goin* is wearing my Garden Apron in this Bon Appetit video! It’s a great video of Suzanne cooking just down the round at Coleman Family Farms in Carpinteria. Suzanne talks about two of my favorite subjects— farm to table cooking and involving kids in the kitchen.

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*A note about Suzanne Goin-Where to begin? How about Los Angeles based chef & restaurateur, James Beard Award Winner, the mastermind behind AOC, Tavern, Luques, Larder on Burton Way & Larder on Maple Drive.

Suzanne is also the co-founder of LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade, an annual event (now in it’s 4th year) that brings superstar chefs and mixologists from around the globe to Los Angeles to lend their support to ALSF (Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation) and the fight against childhood cancer.

Can you see why I am thrilled she is wearing my apron?


Off to celebrate with a cardio funk dance class with friends followed by Champagne and plenty of carbs. Bon Appetit!

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11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me”

Happy birthday, amazing Val! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others with all of your beautiful posts, amazing recipes, wonderful gardening tips and charming videos! You have created such beauty for us all to enjoy. Thank you! Have the happiest day. Looking forward to seeing you very soon!!

Happiest of Birthdays, Val! Thanks for the shout out on LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade. We are incredibly fortunate to have folks like you and Suzanne as supporters! Hope your day is as spectacular as you!!

Happy, Happy Birthday to you! That makes you part of the “12th” Club, whose principal participants are Josiah and Justine. My nephew is an October 12th, so he got to be a member too. Sounds like you’ve got lovely plans for your special day. Enjoy!!

Dear Valerie – Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! I miss seeing you around!! Love your blog. You do such an amazing job!!! With love to you & your family, Jill Nida

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