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Back to Basics: Avocados

By Ashley Beck | July 2, 2013

Avocado toast with sliced radishes for an added crunch!
Photo: barron

Photo: barron

Name: Avocado; Persea americana; Alligator Pear; a fruit, specifically a large berry that contains a single seed.

Origins: Avocado trees are native to Central Mexico, and classified in the flowering plant family, Lauraceae, which also includes cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel.

Peak Season: April – July; does not tolerate freezing temperatures and can only be grown in tropical and subtropical climates. Read More

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How To Keep Guacamole Green

By Christopher Stewart | June 26, 2013

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Photo: Elsa

Guacamole is one of those crowd favorites, that if it’s there, that is the first thing your guest are going to go for. Whether it’s a traditional recipe or you have added a personal touch to it, like grilled corn, guacamole is always wanted at a party. The creamy vibrant colors of a freshly prepared bowl of guacamole are great to look at but even better to eat. Avocados, like other fruits, when sliced begin to turn brown due to being exposed to oxygen, which is called oxidation. In a matter of hours your amazingly vibrant guacamole can become a unattractive mess. There are 2 simple ways that you can keep your guacamole green and vibrant, the next time company comes over, and one way starts with the avocado itself. So how do you keep your guacamole bright green?  Read More

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Our Most Popular Stories This Week

By Mac Malikowski | April 26, 2013

Roasted Radishes

This week was all about revitalization, with fresher ingredients and warmer weather, we have very few excuses not to treat our bodies right. We looked into the many health benefits of the ever-faithful avocado, recovered from a big night out and put some of our favorite spring vegetables to the test. Here’s a recap: Read More

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The 5 Best Seasonal Ingredients in Southern California

By mahir | May 31, 2011

Chef Greg Hozinsky

Chef Greg Hozinsky

Greg Hozinsky is a talented young chef cooking out of Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. As an up-and-coming chef at the hotel’s Zinc Lounge, Chef Hozinsky is praised widely for using seasonal, local ingredients in innovative tapas and small plates. Check out his previous list of  5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know. Now, as summer approaches, Chef Greg has the lowdown on the 5 best seasonal ingredients in Southern California.  And even if you’re not out West, there are some great American staples on his list that will be hitting market stands within a few weeks.  Read More

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