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Finding New Products at Expo East!

We’re on the Hunt for Great New Products! September has brought us to Baltimore for the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show. We love attending seminars and meeting producers — it’s exciting to see the creativity and great new products!  Here are some of the fun and delicious things we’ve see at this show! I …

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Apples–The Fruit That Can Do Everything!

We’re Coming Up Galas at Lassen’s!   The Gala apples are gorgeous and so delicious!  I love the crispy snap of Galas, and the taste has just enough tart and just enough sweet.  A friend of mine recently used Gala apples, sliced thin, in a turkey sandwich!  Great idea! Yesterday I took advantage of the …

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Pears to the Rescue!

Simple, Delicious, Nutritious!   I have always love Bartlett Pears.  They are sweet and the texture is just right.  We would eat them by the dozens when I was growing up.  But when I left home for college I learned that some people did not love them like I did!     Maybe you are …

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Take Some Time to Save Some Time on Healthy Lunches

Homemade Lunch Rolls Making lunches before school was always such an ordeal at our house.  With kids going different directions and with different schedules and tastes, it was a huge challenge every weekday morning.     But one year I started doing something that made a big difference.  And yesterday I recreated it with four …

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Cool Summer Drinks–Healthy and Easy!

It’s Not All About Soda You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too! This morning I whipped up these babies–perfect for some hot summer afternoons! So Different and Delicious! I am not much of a juice drinker–I love my ice water–but for these I will make …

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What's the Big Deal About Organic?

I May Be Preaching to the Choir, Here You may already be convinced that eating organic foods is the best thing for you, your family, and the planet.  But just in case you aren’t, here’s some information and some reasons why choosing organic makes a lot of sense.   First, a Definition of Terms “Organic” refers …

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My Roasting Obsession

This Time It’s S–L–O–W  And I Do Mean SLOW Remember this post about one of my favorite cooking methods, roasting?  I roast vegetables at least 4 times every week.  That why I was so intrigued when I stumbled across this recipe for Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Cooking Light magazine that I picked up at the Ventura Lassen’s. Warning: …

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ADVENTURES AT NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST 2013

Once again the trip to Natural Products Expo West this year wast an adventure, both thrilling and dangerous! Thrilling because of all of the new and wonderful sights and smells! Dangerous because, well, by the time I left I thought my stomach was going to explode! I’m usually very good at stopping when I’m full …

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Focus on Local… Lori's Original Lemonade and New Oak Ranch Lavender

Yes, there is a Lori!     This is Lori, owner of Lori’s Original Lemonade.   It started with a lemon tree in the front yard  and three kids who wanted to make some money. So Lori made some lemonade and the kids set up a stand outside their home in Ojai to sell that …

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