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easter 2012

spring is here!  here are a few photos from our easter weekend with family…

{al fresco brunch by ashley: lentil & roasted vegetable salad + asparagus with toasted pine nuts, shaved parmesan & poached eggs}


{delicious dessert by pam: layers of fruit & cream}



{grandmother & granddaddy with a few of the camp cousins}

we also spent the night with both of our parents, ashley & cousins (including little jack) playing tabboo late into the night. it was a fun, full & memorable spring day.

xo, anna


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random, but true. these are my current obsessions…


gerolsteiner mineral water: with every meal
(bubbly water rocks & this is my favorite brand right now.)


modern family (for awhile now)

manny: “she’s like a dream, wrapped in a wish, poured into jeggings.” (this keeps making me laugh.)

the writing is so well done that i can watch an episode more than once & catch lots of funny lines i didn’t notice the first time.


trader joe’s organic popping corn:
especially with so many great recipes from here

it tastes fresher than bagged, microwave-popped varieties & is easier than you’d think to make! (hint: we make in a covered pot on the stove.) i love that we can really limit the amount of salt & butter we put on it too.

xo, anna

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fig + fauna

to celebrate our first week cooking with our fresh CSA produce, here’s a beautiful little video by tiger in a jar inspired by a similar message to create a meaningful relationship with your food and seek out local suppliers. :)


i hope you enjoy it!

you can check out tiger in a jar’s blog here

xo, anna

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community supported agriculture:csa



we signed up for a CSA & just got our first box full of fresh produce. this week’s bounty included romaine lettuce, radishes, onions, beets, tatsoi, zucchini, brown rice, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, oranges & cilantro. i immediately noticed how especially fresh & healthy all of the veggies look. all of the produce came from local organic farms. i love so much that we are supporting local agriculture.

we can’t wait to put our box of goodies to good use. tonight’s menu: homemade veggie pizza with a crispy salad.

is it super nerdy that we’ve been excited all day to pick this up?

cheers, anna

p.s. we ordered our CSA through the market on holly, and it was organized by silver lake farms.


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broccoli, cauliflower & caramelized onion gratin

as far as los angeles goes, it’s been pretty chilly the last couple days.  the cool weather makes me crave warm, filling dishes of vegetables.  i served this for dinner with an arugula salad and freshly boiled corn on the cob.

this recipe is adapted from the potato gratin recipe in alice waters’ chez panisse vegetables cookbook. 

serves 4.

1 large bundle of cauliflower & 1 large bundle of broccoli, cut into small pieces
1 lb. potatoes (i used miniature yukon golds), peeled
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
olive oil
salt & pepper

preheat your oven to 400F.

in a large pan over medium-high heat, heat a couple circles of olive oil.  add the onion, along with a little salt and pepper.  cook (stirring occasionally) for about 7 minutes, until the onion is translucent and just beginning to turn golden.  reduce the heat to low, and cook (stirring occasionally) until the onions are a light golden color and almost caramelized, about 10 minutes.  add the garlic & cook a little more.  then add the cut broccoli & cauliflower to the pan.  cook until all ingredients are soft, but not overdone.  remove from heat & set aside.

next, slice your potatoes about 1/8 inch thick.  now you’re ready to assemble the gratin:

butter your baking pan or gratin dish.  arrange 1/3 of the potato slices in a slightly overlapping layer, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  in this order, top with: 1/2 of the caramelized onions & broccoli/cauliflower mixture, 1/3 of grated cheese, dot with butter.  drizzle a bit of olive oil on this layer (1-2 tablespoons).  next, arrange another 1/3 of the potatoes on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  top with the last of the caramelized onion & broccoli/cauliflower mixture and another 1/3 of the cheese.  dot again with butter.  arrange the final layer of potatoes on top.  dot once more with butter. using clean hands, gently press down on everything so that it settles in the baking dish.  top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper & the final 1/3 of cheese.

bake at 400F for 40-45 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through & the top is a crispy, golden brown.

enjoy! ♥

i apologize for the lackluster picture, but i assure you that it turned out delicious!  picture fresh crusted cheese on top of soft, buttery potatoes with lots of veggies layered in.

it also got the husband’s seal of approval.  especially since i called it a “potato casserole” … that boy is the healthiest eater i know, but he also loves anything more when it’s considered a casserole or stew!

xo, anna


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