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The Ins and Outs of Citrus

A squeeze of lemon or lime can transform the mundane into the miraculously bright and fresh. A creamy avocado becomes addictive guacamole, a fish fillet flips on the plate and cocktails simply come alive. But there’s so much more to citrus than the fresh juice. Here are some of our favorite ways to get the most out of delicious lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges. Keep in mind that you should i…

Oakwood Roasted Coffee

We strive to find producers with a passion for creating the best of Italy for your table. We were lucky enough to find the perfect coffee right in our neighborhood from the Di Ruocco family. Their coffee is an homage to the classic flavors of old world Italy refined for today’s tastes. When Carlo Di Ruocco immigrated from Italy to California, there was one thing in particular he missed fro…

Garlic - Head and Cloves Above

Garlic is a gift to any meal you put together. Simply rubbing a cut clove on a piece of toasted Italian bread and topping it with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and a sprig of basil is enough to make anyone swoon. Hmm. We might have to make that for lunch today. What’s most important is that you get the most out of your garlic so here’s a variety of tips we’ve learned that we hope you’ll find helpful…

Quick Pickling: Not Your Grandmother’s Recipe

If you grew up watching your grandmother clear the kitchen counter for pickling production, you know it was quite an ordeal. With dozens of meticulously sterilized Mason jars lined up and a huge stockpot with a contraption designed to lower and lift the jars into the boiling cauldron, not only did it look like a lot of work but it seemed downright dangerous. While the result was rewarding and like…