Day-to-day: Family Christmas Markets trip

December 2016, we took a Christmas Markets trip over the school holidays. DH had wanted to do this for years and because the kids were out of school on December 15, we had enough time before Christmas to make this trip possible. Christmas Markets are an annual tradition in Europe, street markets that celebrate the season

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My CSA Box: Tomatoes and more tomatoes

Our tradition, for the last three weeks, is that I bake a loaf of no-knead sourdough bread Sunday morning and we have BLTs for lunch, using bacon from the 1/2 pig we purchased from Linda’s Tasty Pork in Carmel Valley. A 9th generation Californian, Linda Ferrasci operates Rancho Chupinos, which has been in the family since 1878. In

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Family Dinner Plan: First squash of the year

  Our box from Mariquita Farms contained the above beautiful Padana Squash, which will last for a long time on the counter, until it is more what I think of as squash season, ie. cooler temperatures. For now I am still into the fresh tomatoes and chiles, the squash will come later. In addition to

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