The Los Angeles Gardener with a Brilliant Quesadilla Recipe
The Way We Eat
Kathleen is gardening goals, but is also honest enough to say that white wine, popcorn, and yes a simply brilliant quesadilla, can be the perfect dinner.
Sep 24, 2019
Farmers’ Market Report: Figs Los AngelesGroceries
Sweet, second harvest figs have been popping up all over the trees in our neighborhood (right behind our apartment!) and at local farmers’ markets. At the Hollywood Farmers’ Market this past weekend, we found luscious Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Kadota, and Calimyrna figs.
Jun 5, 2019
Recipe: Sunflower Date CookiesRecipes
While perusing one of our favorite stands at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market last weekend, we glanced at their collection of customer-submitted recipes for new ideas. A recipe for sunflower date cookies caught our attention; we scribbled down the ingredients, found all but one within the market, and made them as soon as we got home. Chilled rather than baked, they are easy and perfect for warm days when we’d like something sweet but don’t want to use the oven.
May 24, 2019
DIY Copper Kitchen Shelves Made with Parts from Home DepotKitchen
Scott and Kristan, owners of LA’s vintage style store Hammer and Spear, have a knack for smart DIY solutions. Their personal style, self-defined as “a mix of styles, periods and materials, bound together by a neutral color palette,” defines their Downtown Arts District, Los Angeles loft, but it’s the kitchen — with its DIY copper shelving — that really stands out.
Jul 23, 2014
Faith Blakeney’s Joyful, Art-Filled KitchenKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Faith Blakeney and daughter Noa Where: Los Angeles, California Rent or Own? Rent Faith Blakeney is quite the style maven. She puts together eclectic homes with a sense of whimsy, color, and humor — qualities definitely on display in her own small kitchen, which is as joyful and exuberant as she is. The bright white walls provide the perfect backdrop to her daughter’s artwork, as well as Faith’s favorite found objects and collectibles.
Jun 10, 2014
A Glimpse Inside (and Outside) My KitchenKitchen
Three years ago when Gregory told me that Alysia’s apartment was for rent and we should check it out, I was skeptical. We weren’t actively looking to move and as we toured the apartment, I thought I was simply humoring him — until I stepped into the kitchen. Sunlight poured through the open windows, from which I caught a view of the sparkling Silver Lake reservoir. The kitchen was surrounded by trees and songbirds flitted through the branches. “Yes,” I said.
Feb 25, 2014
Sweet by Valerie GordonPeople
I’ll admit that I starting off judging this book by its cover. Not that Sweet doesn’t have a nice cover; as you can see above, it’s very enticing. But when my review copy arrived in the mail several weeks ago, I just assumed this was another average sweets/baking cookbook, and while I do bake on occasion, it’s really not where my passion lies.
Dec 3, 2013
The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin and Caroline StynePeople
Suzanne Goin’s previous cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, is one of my top favorite cookbooks of all time. I love it for its casual elegance, for its tried and true restaurant-tested recipes that are also accessible to the home cook. Not a beginner’s cookbook, it is aspirational but within reach, a perfect balance of professional technique and warm, inviting recipes that make you want to invite a bunch friends over to dinner right now!
Nov 5, 2013
Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow KitchenKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Justina Blakeney, her husband, and their 1-year-old daughter Ida. Location: Los Angeles, California Type: Rental kitchen Justina Blakeney is a designer, maker, mother and all-around style maven. She cooks much like she decorates, with a wild sense of color, flavor, freshness and authenticity — and she does it all in a small space with a whole bunch of stylish tips and takeaways for those us in awkward, imperfect kitchens!
Sep 3, 2013
Joy the Baker’s Tiny, Adorable, and Organized KitchenKitchen
Who: Joy Wilson, otherwise known as Joy the Baker Where: Venice Beach, California Today on The Kitchn we are joined by a special guest, Joy the Baker! After years of following her blog, laughing at her podcast (co-hosted with Tracy Benjamin), and devouring her last cookbook, I had the privilege of touring her approachable and exceedingly organized kitchen in Venice Beach, California. Guys, this is where all that butter, sugar, flour, magic and alchemy happens!
Aug 27, 2013
A Visit with Sugar & Salt Creamery: Jon Carpenter’s Delicious Vegan Ice CreamPeople
Who: Jon Carpenter What: Sugar & Salt Creamery Where: Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, California I’ve spotted a curious blue short bus all over Santa Barbara lately, always surrounded by happy kids munching on ice cream. My curiosity finally got the better of me, and that’s when I discovered Sugar & Salt Creamery and its founder, Jon Carpenter. Jon, together with a small team, creates creamy sorbet from sprouted almond milk and local, organic produce. Yes!
Aug 8, 2013
Christy Vega’s Personal KitchenKitchen
If you live in Los Angeles you probably know of or have dined at Casa Vega, a family owned Mexican restaurant that has been open since the 50s. You may also be thinking, “Wait! I know Christy and Casa Vega from someplace else…” Yes, she was on Bravo’s Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis. It is always really intriguing to see the personal kitchen of someone who works in the restaurant business, so I was very grateful when she gave me a sneak peek.
Feb 14, 2013
Kathy Delgado’s Authentic French KitchenKitchen
I’ve driven by Kathy Delgado’s store, Vintageweave Interiors, a dozen of times. She specializes in amazing French farmhouse style antiques and home decor. I am not sure how I got so lucky to get an invite to have lunch with her and tour her own kitchen, but I did! When I walked through Kathy’s front door I went right to the kitchen, where I promptly ooh’ed and ahh’ed. There are lots and lots of linens, and everything in the kitchen is very tactile.
Jan 8, 2013
Dakota’s Green, Shaker-Inspired KitchenKitchen
I met Dakota Witzenburg a few years ago at a friend’s store. He is a wonderful cabinet and furniture maker (co-owner of todosomething, based in Los Angeles) with an incredible eye for design! And I just found out that he loves to bake, especially his grandmother’s secret pie recipes. He has my dream kitchen, a kitchen which he built himself. It’s a beautiful blend of modern and traditional — with unexpected green cabinets!
Apr 17, 2012
Alison’s Beautiful Modern KitchenKitchen
Alison’s awesome family kitchen is perfect for entertaining and keeping family meals running smoothly. I love the bright colors, the spacious countertops, the tiles and wood—all of which help create a warm yet modern, fully functional yet sophisticated family-style kitchen. 10 Questions for Alison (and Her Kitchen)1. What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
Italy will always be my main source of food inspiration.
Apr 3, 2012
The Classic Bagel from Emily of Cupcakes and CashmerePeople
What do our fellow bloggers, writers, and online friends eat, first thing in the morning? We are asking some friends to share their favorite morning nourishment with us. I will cook and eat it too, and bring you their thoughts on what to eat first thing in the morning. Here’s Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere.Emily passed along her favorite way to tuck into a bagel, for me one of the ultimate comfort foods.
Dec 7, 2010
Look! Zebra PotatoesGroceries
From tiny turnips to edible blossoms, we’ve had lots of fun discovering new ingredients at our farmers’ markets lately. Yesterday we came across something truly unusual: bi-colored potatoes!Available from Weiser Family Farms in Southern California, the purple and gold potatoes are an experimental variety currently being grown and sold in small quantities. We couldn’t resist taking some home and hope more people will get to try them, too.
Jun 7, 2010
Native Greens: PurslaneGroceries
If you’re lucky, you might have this growing in your front yard or garden. The next best thing is finding it at the farmers’ market!In areas with large Mexican populations, this edible weed is frequently referred to by its Spanish name of verdolagas. It’s also known as purslane, pigweed, or hogweed. Sadly, it’s often overlooked and discarded here in the United States, but it’s widely eaten in Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
Jun 22, 2009
Farmers’ Market Report: Kumquats Los AngelesGroceries
We hope you’ll forgive us for writing about kumquats again, but these ones are different! We just can’t contain our excitement over finding these two unusual kumquat varieties at the Hollywood farmers’ market this weekend. They exemplify one of our favorite things about farmers’ market shopping – the unexpected discovery of new colors, textures, forms, and flavors.
Feb 23, 2009
Farmers’ Market Report: Fresh Dates Los AngelesGroceries
Last weekend, we found branches full of fresh Barhi dates at the farmers’ market. While we were sampling the crunchy young fruits, the man who grew them urged us to peek around the corner…Along the sidewalk, just behind the Dates by Davall stand at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, are several date palm trees, laden with green fruits. Although we’d seen such trees around town before, we admittedly had no idea they were the same as the dates we snack on.
Sep 17, 2008
Recipe: Red Ogo Seaweed SaladRecipes
One of the newer vendors at the Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers’ markets is Carlsbad Aquafarm. Hailing from the Agua Hedionda Lagoon outside San Diego, the family-run business provides farm-raised, sustainably-harvested oysters, mussels, clams, and abalone. (The business was interviewed on Good Food earlier this year.) Being a vegetarian, I must admit I had been passing the stand by, until I discovered that they also carry fresh seaweed.
Aug 6, 2008
LA Farmers’ Market Report: Peaches and Goat CheeseGroceries
Our favorite meal of the week is also the simplest one. Every Sunday, we make post-farmers’ market sandwiches using ingredients from our trip to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. The components change from week to week depending on what’s in season and looks good to us that morning, so the sandwiches are absolutely fresh and alive with flavor.
Jul 23, 2008
LA Farmers’ Market Report: Garlic Scapes and BlossomsGroceries
The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is bustling even more than usual these days, as shoppers take advantage of the early summer sunshine and produce. Tucked between stands overflowing with stone fruits and strawberries are other, more delicate and fleeting specialties: garlic scapes and blossoms.Garlic scapes are the tender young stalks of hardneck garlic plants, cut in late spring and early summer to encourage bulb growth.
Jun 11, 2008
Surfas Commercial Kitchen SupplyTools
One of the pleasures of going to a new city is finding the shops you don’t have in your own city. As our world gets smaller and smaller, this is an experience that is harder to come by. Surfas is one of those special places. Surfas is commercial restaurant supply meets chef’s boutique. When I’m in LA, Culver City isn’t exactly my favorite place to visit, but it’s worth it just to go to Surfas and browse the aisles, or stock up on baking supplies.
Jun 6, 2006