Cranberry Persimmon Chutney

I recently took a short trip up to Solvang for the weekend and found it just lovely.  They have an abundance of good food and wine for such a small town, and one of my favorite places was Succulent Cafe & Trading Company.  We went there for dinner the first night and liked it so much we went back for bunch before we drove home.  We also stocked up on some of their delicious preserves like Sauvignon Blanc Jelly, Dill Pickles, Santa Ynez Sage... Read More

Pea tip, Persimmon and Pomegranate Autumn Salad

This is a post I wrote last year right around this time.  I never posted it because my white balance was way off and I was unhappy with how the photos turned out.  But when I stumbled on this recipe recently I remembered how delicious it was and I knew I had to share it anyway. Pea tips are the leaves of either snap or snow pea plants, sometimes called pea tendrils.  They are most often used in stir fry or simply sauteed with garlic or ginger. ... Read More

Persimmon Aat Muffins

Persimmons are so adorable.  They look like tiny little pumpkins, except they are tender and sweet. They have a unique, some would say unpalatable, taste if eaten when not ripe enough, but they are irresistible when baked into treats or dried. They are most definitely in season right now so you can find them at the farmers’ market or even in some grocery stores.   Persimmon Oat Muffins 1 c soy milk 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp almond... Read More