Tag Archives: Cottage Industry

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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Gift Baskets

The Warner Bros. show “Southland” ordered our gift baskets this season — they’re presented as a thank-you after filming. This particular basket was delivered to Olympia Medical Center in L.A. and contained Spiced Cranberries, Sweet & Spicy Preserved Figs, Hot … Continue reading

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Lemon Curd

The air is perfumed with orange and lemon and grapefruit blossoms and the trees are heavy with fruit — it’s definitely citrus time in Southern California. Lemon Curd is a refreshing addition to any spring dessert — it’s tart and … Continue reading

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