For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe,

I will continue to seek out the unique…the delicious…the innovative products, services and traditions of San Luis Obispo County.

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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Shake things up this Thanksgiving by putting some wobble into your gobble. 

I received the following recipe for for cranberry salsa from my mom, which I adapted slightly and eagerly taste tested. My conclusion? Thanksgiving goodness. 

This festive appetizer puts an unconventional spin on classic cranberry sauce by mingling the tart crimson superfruit with a touch of sweet honey, a bit of fresh lime, and a whole lot of zingy jalapenos, green onions and Italian parsley. 

Set this nouveau dish on your holiday table alongside some crackers or bruschetta and watch your guests gobble it down. When they ask you for the recipe?  Just send them to my blog. 


Step 1: Bring water to a boil in a large pot. 
Add 12 ounces of rinsed, fresh cranberries to the boiling water for two minutes, 
allowing their skins to pop and fruit to soften. 

Step 2: Drain the cranberries, add to a glass bowl, then mash lightly. 

Step 3: Add 1/3 cup good quality honey and stir into the mashed cranberries. 

Step 4: Add the juice of two limes and a bit of salt & pepper. 

Step 5: Add two chopped green onions.

Step 6: Add two seeded, chopped jalapeños.

Step 7: Add 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley. Stir all ingredients, taste and adjust for seasonings. 

Step 8: Chill the cranberry salsa for 2 - 4 hours in the fridge before serving. 
This holiday recipe yields between 2 - 3 cups.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival: November 2014

"Peace Pipe Dream" by artist Josephine Crawford rests
 in the serene gardens of Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay. 

In the California coastal community of Morro Bay, surfboards aren't just for ripping waves. Local artists, schools, and community groups are carving a new path by transforming boards into one-of-a-kind canvas art for the inaugural Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival

Until November 28, more than 25 of these slick surfboards will be proudly displayed in sponsoring businesses throughout Morro Bay. 

Some of these bitchin' works of art have already been spoken for via the festival's online auction, and several other boards will be up for grabs in their auction gala on November 29. Partial proceeds benefit school arts programs, Project Surf Campand Morro Bay in Bloom  

To check out this Morro Bay surfari, click here to download a map showing all sponsoring locations where these inventive boards hang; or, stop by the Morro Bay Visitors CenterTickets for the November 29 live auction gala can be purchased here

Below you'll find my photo journey, where I uncovered some of this awesome surfboard art while traipsing through Morro Bay. 

I couldn't resist taking a peek.

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