Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Whoa Boy

It's been a while!
Catering. That is going well. Have an event this weekend (small) thanks to another catering friend in SBA, and 5 next weekend (to make up for this weekend I guess...)

Robert, my business partner, is soooo happy that Becka is his new best friend. I like that we are keeping it all in the family.

Laine and I are happy. I wish I had a cool story to tell, but alas I do not. Except that we are getting our liquor license, we are in on starting a food co-op here, and um....I'm catering.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Smothers Brothers


They have song lyrics that go:
"working, working, working, working."

That's ME! I just planted new herbs, flowers and mossy stuff in the front of our shop. very rewarding personally. Chef Julia is in the kitchen making TONS of local organic tomato saucy soupy stuff and canning it all. we can sell it back to the farmer who sold us the tomatoes, and he can sell it at his farmers markets. julia will take some of it to sell, and the rest will be ours!
I moved to Ojai with Laine. We live on Jo & Kris young's property under one of their oak trees. Here is a picture of me.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Time Flies

Whoa! It's March!!!
Actually, it is almost April, isn't it?

Personal: I taught Laine how to play the coolest card game, Hand & Foot. This link is the best version of the rules Memaw taught me when I flew out to see her after Papaw passed away. Memaw's rules are a little different, but you get the drift. It's is one FUN game!

Laine's mom, Doris, was looking on last night, and she found another deck of cards this morning so that she can join in on the awesome card action tonight. We're wild and crazy around here, I tell ya.

Work: Robin and Aaron did some serious design work on the Main Course California website. If you haven't seen it lately, do yourself a favor! Don't you like the new logo?

Food: I have removed myself from the core group of Eat Local One Year. I'm still a local eater, but there is too much free and delicious food at work for me to eat. It's silly to spend money on other food when I - Have - No- Money - Right- Now. However, Laine and I went hiking in Ojai yesterday, and we picked about 8 pounds (yes!) of chanterelle mushrooms from under the oak trees. Can you believe it? We saw another couple walking out of the woods with THREE BAGS of chanterelles. Boy do I love spring!

I made a saute of chanterelles, tomatoes, buffalo, onions & garlic last night for dinner. This morning we had chanterelles, onions, and garlic simmered in dry vermouth. I threw in a few meatballs from the freezer. Delicious!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Company

Today I treated Laine and his mother to a 100% local dinner.
It was delicious.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm only human

of flesh and blood I'm made....I'm only human - born to make, mistaaaeeeeks.

Ok, Jovi & Becks, you've GOT to know that song, right?

So, I had a cookie today. Granted, I DID have to quality check the cookies because we have a new baker, but I ate the whole damned cookie. I dunked it in coffee even (coffee is an exception of mine, and it had local organic half & half in it...).

But still. I knew what I was doing. Hmph. Boy was that cookie good. My sous chef, Aimee, called me up on Sunday or Monday night and said her mom, who is visiting from Chile, has always dreamed of making cookies in a restaurant. She asked if her mom could come in and make cookies for fun. Of friggin course!!!!
Turns out, her cookies are divine. really.
Robert came in to the kitchen today and hired her. Too bad she leaves in three weeks.
Her vanilla bean sugar cookies are delicious. I asked her to make pine nut Mexican wedding cake cookies tomorrow. And her oatmeal raisin cookies are the best ever.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Food? I live on coffee, water & Wine

The water I drink is local. Some of the wine is - though I drink whatever we have in the house. The coffee has been 100% crap of late - until now!
Coffee, as you know, is one of my exceptions for January, and I believe it will stay on the exception list thanks to Bourbon Tree's Tanzania Peaberry single origin roast. It wholesales for $7.95 per pound, and I couldn't be happier to contribute to their revenue stream.
Cool thing is that the two fellows who own the roasting company do this running and roasting 5 blocks from our restaurant/deli/fun food place I'm currently calling "home."
I went over to their little warehouse to smell buckets of green beans yesterday, and you know what? It was just like smelling the scent boxes in a wine-aroma kit! The Yemen coffee smelled like yeasty bread; the Indian coffee like dried hay. One coffee smelled like fresh grass, Peruvian coffee was vegetal - like a green bell pepper, and another like old hay soaked in turpentine. The green Tanzanian beans immediately smelled like a high-quality 80% cocoa chocolate bar - rich with berries, tannins, a hint of cedar. I fell in love instantly. Who knew those green, waxy beans could produce such a rich, dark burgundy aroma?
I'm in love!

Monday, January 12, 2009

My BEEF!

Oh, I love my beef! It turns out that the beef I get at the restaurant from Nick Ranch is within the 100mile radius of the locavore project I belong to.
Oh, joy!

I love beef.