A TASTE OF SANTA BARBARA/MEDITERRANEAN STYLE
This book is inspired by the incredible, life-changing opportunities of traveling and living on the central coast of California and Europe. Trips with friends, and visiting many countries on the back roads of Europe in a beat-up 1983 Volkswagen van, the delicious flavors, colors and aromas of the Mediterranean have lingered with me, influencing my personal approach to food. To my delight, I found many of these same flavors and the wonderful connection people have to their food when I moved to Santa Barbara. To share my experiences and the memorable meals from my travels, I have hand-picked my favorite dishes from the Mediterranean Coast, featuring dishes from the south of Spain, Provence, Tuscany, the Greek Islands, the Middle East and Morocco. Chapters include highlights and themed menus around each country's most prominent flavors, circling back to Santa Barbara, California for an eclectic mesh from faraway lands.
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WINE COUNTRY RECIPES
A visit to wine country revives the soul and soothes the senses, Wine Country recipes is inspired by the bounty of the central coast of California. The 70 luscious recipes and vivid photographs of the Santa Ynez Valley capture those feelings and celebrate fresh, local, seasonal ingredients as well as the Valley’s distinctive wine varietals.
For starters, there are bite-size Crab Beignets and Prosciutto-Wrapped Grilled Peaches—perfect for setting the mood for a party. The natural pairing of cheese and wine calls for setting up the Ultimate Cheese Board, as well as takes on creamy classics like Baked Brie with Caramelized Apples & Onions and Oven-Baked Cheese Fondue.
Roasted Corn & Crab Chowder, Grilled Scallops, and Parmesan-Crusted Chicken are just a few of the dishes
Chef Robin has created to pair with white wines, while the sight of the Valley’s fruit-laden vines has led to imaginative grape-infused recipes, such as Wine-Harvest Grilled Pizza, Grilled Lamb Medallions with Grape Glaze, and a sweet-savory Spanish Grape Tart. Red wine pairings mean hearty dishes like Syrah-Braised Short Ribs and Fresh Tomato Pasta Puttanesca. Dessert anyone? You’ll find recipes for an Autumn Fruit Compote with Lemon Panna Cotta, Mulled Red Wine Ice Cream, or the ultimate tribute to wine country—Dark Chocolate Wine Truffles.
A TASTE OF OJAI / FLAVORS OF THE VALLEY
There's something special about Ojai. Our beautiful valley, Spring-inspired In the Orchard recipes celebrate the Pixie with an Ojai Pixie Spritz cocktail; a Citrus Salad with fennel and crushed pistachio with a bright citrus vinaigrette; Olive, Fig, and Tangerine Chicken; Candied Pixies grace a Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake served with a delicious, creamy Pixie Tangerine Curd.
Shared lavender recipes include a refreshing lavender elixir Lavender-Cherry Shrub, in addition to other fragrant lavender-infused recipes: Lavender Fig Olive Bread, which you can turn into crackers; Basil and Lavender Pesto with a light Spring Chicken Salad; and a luscious Lavender-Blueberry No-Bake Cheesecake.