Author Archives: Cottage Gourmet

Mint Syrup and a Mojito

The photo doesn’t do it justice. This is hands-down the most refreshing summer drink ever. California lemons … mint plucked fresh from the garden … lotsa ice … and this mint syrup from the River Cottage Preserves Handbook. I made … Continue reading

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Apricot Butter

The winter apricot tree is bare and there isn’t much to do, other than pruning. We watch and wait, and in the spring its smooth, mahogany colored branches begin to bud. A few leaves poke out, then the blossoms burst … Continue reading

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Strawberry Jam

Spring is here at last — the weather has been odd by Southern California standards, rather cool and wet — but that hasn’t stopped strawberries from ripening. They’re lush and floral, fruity and sweet, and one of the most beautiful … Continue reading

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Eternity

A garden brings the promise of life to come: this pomegranate tree whispers fall secrets in your ear, calling you forward in time. So does this fig: See? Can’t you imagine yourself eating this sometime in July? And how about … Continue reading

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The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills is a world-class gourmet food store; we’re really, REALLY proud to have our products in their shop.  Norbert and Tony possess two of the most refined palates in town; they’re super-knowledgeable about cheese and … Continue reading

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Carrot Cake

Friends and family celebrated with us Easter Sunday; nine gullible children searched for eggs in the back yard, their faces glowing with excitement and anticipation. One “golden egg” contained a $20 bill — the older kids aggressively searched for and … Continue reading

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ArtisanalLA

Wow!! ArtisanalLA’s Spring Show is fabulous!! We’re at Santa Monica Place, 3rd & Broadway, with about 80 other vendors of local, quality products and services. Butchers, bakers and jam-makers — and so much more. The party started last night with … Continue reading

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