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Harvest 2020 Food To-Go Available

Harvest 2020 is here! If you need to feed yourself or your crew, we are offering hearty meals easily eaten on the go. Just call or text your order to 805.403.9649 for quick pick-up anytime (we also offer limited delivery days and times). 48-Hr Notice Required  Breakfast: Burrito with Side of Homemade Salsa -Egg, Roasted Pepper, Onion, Cheese: $10 -Egg, Roasted Pepper, Onion, Cheese, Bacon OR Sausage: $11 Lunch: Wrap -Turkey, Ham, or Roast Beef with [...]

By |2020-09-09T19:26:14+00:00September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Roasted Veggies in Alfredo Sauce on Fettuccine

Some dear friends were on a road trip from Seattle to Santa Barbara and I was delighted to be on their list of stops. Always an excuse to fire up the grill, open some wine and catch up. We had an amazing dinner of grilled tri-tip and shrimp, roasted vegetables and garlic bread. Yes, we did raid The Ark and enjoyed some fabulous wines. I thank you, my beloved friends, for indulging, sharing and including [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:02+00:00May 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Beef Bone Broth Take II

You all know I am a firm believer in beef bone broth, which is really stock, since broth is made from meat and stock from bone. But Beef Bone Broth, Triple B or BBB just rolls so well! I make a lot of stock for my catering and private clients as well as myself. Recently, I made some adjustments to the stock I make for myself, as I like spice. I just made a double [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:03+00:00June 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Classic Ceviche a la Chef Louise y Chef Bernardo

So, we last met over Tropical Ceviche, before my new commercial kitchen ramblings! Any thoughts? Did you try making it? Ceviche is very easy to make, not much to do other than shop for fresh ingredients, chop, wait and serve. The following is very simple to make. So Classic Shrimp Ceviche is actually easier than the Tropical (less ingredients): This makes about 8 servings as 'soup' or a great amount as an appetizer served with [...]

By |2018-05-15T03:04:13+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


I'm not sure if you are all aware, but I have become the proud lease holder of my own commercial kitchen. I have used various kitchen over the years, including those belonging to restaurants, bakeries, B and B' and museums, to name a few. It has been, well, an uphill battle and I can see the sun above the fog, but I am just not quite there. A lot of work lies ahead. BUT... I [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:03+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tropical Ceviche a la Chef Louise y Chef Bernardo

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a fabulous almost week in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and had the enormous privilege and pleasure of meeting, talking with and watching the work of Chef Bernardo of Villa Aqua. With my sisters affinity, love and almost contagious obsession with fish, she asked for fish, fish and more fish - it was her birthday, after all - and we made her make dining decisions.  Ceviche was [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:03+00:00April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mexican Flair

I've had the most incredible, almost full week, in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. A fantastic family vacation, celebrating a milestone birthday. Such a pleasure to be part of this special event, spending time with family and relaxing, not to mention enjoying our own private chef offering his unique and regional take on familiar dishes. Lounging by the pool each day, soaking up the sun while catching up with the ever fast-moving lives of loved ones, [...]

By |2018-03-30T20:52:21+00:00March 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bone Broth

I know you have been down the grocery store aisle that displays "soups" as part of the contents of that row of endless foods.  As you look through the multitude of cans of chicken noodle soup, chicken and rice soup, turkey, turkey noodle, turkey and rice, vegetable, beef barley, hamburger, tomato, tomato and rice...and then the stocks/broths, which include low-sodium, fat-free beef, chicken, vegetable stock or broth, WHAT do you choose?  Most canned soups contain [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:03+00:00March 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment


Chef Louise here. So, I promised myself that I would start blogging in 2018. I was shooting for January 1st...or 2nd. But January flew by and so did February, apparently! Here we are near the beginning of March and I am just now getting started. I am new at blogging and sharing what's in my head. Oh no! You may not want to know. However, my brain is mostly filled with food: ideas and creating [...]

By |2019-07-28T18:14:03+00:00March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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