What Is Cooking From Scratch?

Good Tides Organic Bistro is so serious about making food from scratch, even their ketchup is made from scratch.

Now that’s some serious scratch.

But what does “cooking from scratch” even mean?

By most accounts, the term originated with sporting events. Some say it dates to competitive races in the 1800s, referring to a starting point, which […]

Try olive oil to enhance any food

Olive oil can be used on just about anything you eat, says Mari Lenci, of Oliveto Ranch in Templeton.

“You can cook with it. You can dip it . . . Anything you make with butter, you can replace with olive oil,” she said.

Olive bottlesOlive oil is […]

Memories of summer

Summer began with a blaze of heat in San Luis Obispo County this year, with parts of the county seeing temperatures warm up to 100 degrees or more. Yet, with school out and the vacation season in full swing, there was still plenty of activity in San Luis Obispo County.

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Now They’re Making Real Dough

SignGlenna and Mark Evans have come a long way to bake bread for you.

The couple were living in New England when they decided to embark on “encore careers” and move across the country.  But it took decades of life experience to get here.

Glenna, who grew up […]

Dairy Sheeps Provide Ewe-unique Cheese

Marie Abuhilal offers a sample of sheep cheese at the SLO downtown farmers' market. Marie Abuhilal offers a sample of sheep cheese at the SLO downtown farmers’ market.

As patrons walk by her booth at the Thursday night farmers’ market in San Luis Obispo, Marie Abuhilal calls […]

When in Drought, There’s No Doubt: Succulents Conserve

You’ve probably heard that the state lifted restrictions on water use in urban areas. Yet that doesn’t mean Californians don’t need to conserve water: Nearly 60 percent of the state remains in “severe drought,” and certain parts of San Luis Obispo County are still bound to significant water use restrictions.

Another words, we still need […]

June’s peaches and basil make for a delicious summer salad

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 peaches, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (leaves torn if large)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Finding Room for Mushrooms

Branden Janikowskioffers a variety of mushrooms. Branden Janikowskioffers a variety of mushrooms.

Standing behind baskets of gourmet mushrooms, Branden Janikowski briefly reflects on his 8-year career as a bookkeeper.

“I wasn’t digging that,” he says.

He’d always wanted to be a farmer, but he didn’t have enough land for […]

Kandarian Organic Farm to join SLO Saturday Market

kandarian organic farmBeginning Saturday May 21, 2016, Kandarian Organic Farms will be bring its ancient grains to sell at the SLO Saturday morning Farmers’ Market. Kandarian Organic Farms cultivates 100% organic, GMO-free Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, Teff, Chia, Emmer Farro, Ethiopian Blue Tinge Farro, Spelt, Rye, Kamut, […]

Marmalade: A Fruity Spread Fit for a Bloody Queen

orange2No matter how much marmalade Mary Tudor ate, she couldn’t get pregnant.

Of course, the queen of England’s plan to use fruity spread to produce an heir to the throne probably wasn’t one of her greater ideas. But perhaps “Bloody Mary’s” judgment was clouded by all the executions […]