Looking for a Locally Grown OC Pumpkin?

October 25th, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke

If you looking to buy  local pumpkins this year here are some suggestions from a recent OC Weekly story.

Harvested Pumpkins1) Westminster High School’s Future Farmers of America program, which sells the harvest of pumpkins and fruit every Wednesday afternoon at the farmer’s market at the Westminster Mall. One day every year, the farm is open to the public during it’s annual Fall Festival. This year, it’s Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They grow six varieties of jack o’ lantern pumpkins, including Fairytales and White Ghosts.

Westminster High School, 14325 Goldenwest St., Westminster. (714) 893-1381.
To get to the farm: enter from Goldenwest Street, turn onto Main Street into campus, and follow it past the football fields until you reach the farm.

2) Tanaka Farms in Irvine welcomes the public daily to pick pumpkins from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no admission fee.  A  6-to-8-pound pumpkin runs $3.25, and there’s a sliding scale from there, up to a 30-pound pumpkin. Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine (949) 653-2100; www.tanakafarms.com.

3) South Coast Farms  in San Juan Capistrano on the last  three weekends in October for a pumpkin “choosing,” and craft activities for the youngsters. They do not grow jack o’ lantern pumpkins, so you can’t take the kids for a pick-from-the-field experience. They truck those in from elsewhere, and you choose from the pumpkins set up in their farm stand parking lot. Pumpkins cost 49 cents per pound. They do grow organic pie pumpkins though which you can use for your holiday baking.

South Coast Farms, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 661-9381;www.southcoastfarms.com.

For more info and detail see the original OC Weekly story here.

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Craft Cocktail Class Mixologist Benjamin Webb Wins The Bungalow Muddled Cocktail Contest

July 23rd, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke

This summer on June 27th, The Bungalow Restaurant, in Newport Beach, held a Summer Muddled Cocktail Contest. We are proud to share the news that our mixologist, Benjamin Webb, who is teaching our upcoming class on Craft Cocktails on August 4th, won the contest with his amazing concoction called The Mifflin.

Since this was a muddling contest a little more about what muddling means: muddling is combining ingredients in the bottom of a glass or shaker then gently pound them with the handle of a long wooden spoon, or a similar implement known as a muddler. Usually this involves herbs, such as the mint and the muddling releases the aromatic oils in the herb, letting them infuse into the drink as you add the other ingredients.

So with Ben’s permission here is his first place, award winning cocktail recipe. Over the summer you can also enjoy a Mifflin at the Bungalow as it is the featured drink for the summer on their menu.
Benjamin Webb explaining how to make The Mifflin
The Mifflin
Recipe by Benjamin Webb, Corona del Mar

Purple basil leaves
1/2 ounce FRUITLAB Orange Liqueur (or other orange liqueur)
1 1/2 ounce IXA Tequila (or another silver, 100 percent agave tequila) 1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce lime juice
1 dash BarKeep Fennel Bitters
Club Soda – to taste, generally about an ounce
Garnish: Purple Basil Leaf

Glassware: Either a Collins glass with ice cubes or a coupe glass, drink served neat.

In a shaker, lightly muddle basil with orange liqueur. Add tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit and lime juices and bitters. Shake with ice. Double strain into desired glassware, top with club soda. Stir, garnish and serve.

If you would like to learn how to make more excellent cocktails featuring Gin and Whiskey check out the Slow Food Craft Cocktail class Ben is teaching on August 4th in Corona Del Mar.

To purchase a ticket go to http://slowfoodoccraftcocktailclass.eventbrite.com/

Eventbrite - Slow Food OC Craft Cocktail Class

 

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Recipe from June Potluck – Spanish Potato Salad

June 16th, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke

There were so many incredible tasting dishes at the potluck so thought I would share one of the recipes for
anyone who wants to try it at home. Linda Elbert provided this recipe.

Spanish Potato Salad
Makes 8 servings

1 lb Fingerling potatoes, different colors are fun
1 tablespoon salt, for cooking water
olive oil, for cooking
8 oz. chorizo, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced, you can substitute soy based chorizo to make it vegetarian – it taste really good but don’t slice it, crumble it
½ cup sundried tomatoes, drained and sliced
lemon, zest and juice
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and coarsely ground black pepper
2 handfuls arugula
5 oz. anchego cheese, shaved curls

Put potatoes in a large sauce pan and cover with water by 2 inches. Add salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. They are done when a sharp knife pokes the potatoes without resistance. Drain and leave to cool completely then cut into 1/4 inch slices. Transfer to a large bowl.

Heat a skillet lightly coat with oil and add the chorizo and sauté until crisp. Remove and add to potatoes along with sun dried tomatoes, lemon zest and onion.

Whisk together the minced garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper and pour over salad. Toss gently. You can do all up to this point ahead of time.

Right before serving toss in the shaved manchego and arugula. Taste for season and adjust immediately before serving.

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