|An Orange tree in your backyard? Welcome to California.|
|Poolside in Palm Springs|
When I received an invitation from my summer neighbors, Steve and Kevin, to join them for a few weeks in February at their home in Palm Springs, I was not about to decline. Kevin and Steve are the ultimate hosts. No detail is missing when you visit and their dinners and dinner guests, at home or on the town, are always memorable.
|At the Wednesday market in Palm Desert|
Note that with a foot and a half of snow standing in my yard at home, I was visiting the local farmers market yesterday down the road in Palm Desert, awestruck by fresh golden raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, an endless array of citrus fruit and oooh, the vegetables. Artichokes the size of softballs, fresh ripe tomatoes covering whole tabletops, gorgeous greens and perfect root vegetables; this is FEBRUARY?
|Malibu Olive Company|
|Sharing a scone from L'Artisan|
|Tomato, Kalamata & Feta Focaccia from L'Artisan Bakery|
|Locally grown olives|
½ -1 tsp Ground Cumin (to taste)
¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper flakes
1 Tbsp cilantro, Italian Parsley or Mint or any combination of the 3, chopped
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Organic Navel Orange, peeled and cut into pieces
1 Organic Blood Orange, peeled and cut into pieces
2 Tbsp Red Onion or Shallot, very thinly sliced
2 Tbsp Green and Black Olives, minced
Cut the peel from the oranges and slice into small pieces.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, herbs, pepper flakes, cumin and salt. Whisk in olive oil.
Add the orange slices, olives and onion to the bowl and quickly toss together.
This can be served immediately but is better if left to marinate for an hour or more.
|Tomatoes that taste like...tomatoes. Crazy.|
|Did I mention the Orchids?|
Last night Kevin and I feasted on a simple salad of Mixed Greens in Ruby Grapefruit-Balsamic Vinaigrette with the focaccia we purchased from L’Artisan Bakery, bringing together the treasures from our morning foray to the market; a delightfully local meal in the desert.
|Our farmers market dinner|
|Fresh local berries in February were irresistable|