Summer is Coming!!!

Yellow Nectarines & Flavor Rosa Pluots

For the past month I’ve been waiting for any sign of summer.  Constantly checking the calendar, and then going out side in the hopes of seeing the sun and feeling any type of warm weather.  This year, like last, the Central Coast’s spring was hijacked by winter.  Day after dreary day, it seemed that summer would never arrive.  That is until this week.  While I was walking the Tuesday night market in Monterey I saw fruits reminiscent of summer.  My eyes weren’t deceiving me, the stone fruits are here and they’re wonderful! Continue reading


Cooking for Solutions 2011

Cooking for Solutions 2011

It was time again for Cooking for Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which also meant celebrating our two year anniversary on the main deck, over looking the ocean.  Last weekend on the Monterey Bay could not have been more beautiful.  The weather predictions said to expect heavy cold drizzly fog and it seemed early on that the weather report was going to dead on however, mid morning the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. Continue reading

Talks & Tastes: Raspberry Jam Three Ways

Cooking for Solutions 2011 (click to zoom in & see us on the official Aquarium presentation schedule)

A few weeks ago we received an email from Whole Foods asking if we would be interested in doing a presentation at this year’s Cooking for Solutions.  At first we were completely terrified because talking in front of a group of people seemed very intimidating.  However, after giving it some thought, I remembered that you have to confront a fear to overcome it.  A reply email was sent back saying, “Yes, count us in.  We’d love to give a presentation!”  We decided 30 minutes really wasn’t long enough to make a batch of jam.   Instead, we choose to  show how we use our jams in our home.  One jam, three ways. Continue reading