Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Real Food

I am very blessed to live in Placer County, California!  Our county has an agricultural heritage which is being nurtured and kept alive by many individuals, family farms amd orchards and local restauramts.  We are lucky that we truly can "eat locally" here in our part of Northern California.  Year-round Farmer's Market's make it possible to enjoy fresh meat, fish, and poultry as well as all kinds of seasonal produce.  I am taking full advantage of it, making major changes in the way we eat.

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I attended the release party for a cookbook titled "Real Food".  The cookbook follows the authour Joanne Neft & local Chef Laura Kinney from their weekly visit to the Farmer's Market, purchasing local, seasonal food, to the dinner table, creating & serving delicious, healthful meals with what they have purchased.  Every week for one year, this duo amazes!  As far as I can see, there is not one meal I wouldn't be thrilled to serve & eat!

I personally can't wait for the week of July 6th, when the menu is "Fig Fantasy"! (ILOVE FIGS!)
  • Mixed Geens with Figs, Blue Cheese & Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette 
  • Grilled Figs with Peaches and Proscuitto
  • Roasted Chicken with Fig Glaze
  • Creamy Polenta with Fig Compote
  • Romano Beans with Almond Pesto and Figs
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Figs and Blackberries
Just pick two or three of those and have yourself a yummy time!

Here's the link to the video of the cookbook release party.  Enjoy!


P.S. Are you eating Real Food, or trying to?


  1. What an awesome cookbook! I can't wait for you to get to your fig time either!!! The recipes sound so delicious!!!

  2. Chris-I am so glad to "meet" you! All of these recipes sound good! I love figs too and have wonderful memories of eating figs with cream and sugar for breakfast as a child at my granmother's house. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I always love things like this. I am growing a large garden this year and hope to have more real food from it. Blessings,Kathleen

  4. Hi, Miss Chris!
    You're back!!! Yes, ma'am, we're trying to eat more real food, everyday. And I try to steam or grill those veggies to keep that wonderful, fresh taste and not lose all the vitamins and crisp flavor!
    That cookbook sounds delicious; I'm gonna have to look it up!
    Figs? I WANT to like them - I've tried for years...but I think my mother ruined them for me. It's a shame 'cause I read that they're good for you. How about if you eat my share? I'll eat broccoli for you!!! Or asparagus!!!
    Many Blessings,

  5. Hello Dear Chris!

    What a wonderful post! There is indeed nothing like real food and I too love figs! I have a little fig tree in perfect view from my studio window.:o) I have a feeling the fruit is going to be wonderful this year!

    Enjoy a most lovely weekend my friend.




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