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From Chef Robin’s kitchen!
Food stories, seasonal recipes and tales woven
through the travels of a California chef

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Lavender Infusions

I love to promote the many uses of this purple flower that thrives in the Ojai Valley’s Mediterranean region. Lavender grows very well in this climate. the…
May 6, 2021
Stories

Celebrating Citrus

We're celebrating the sweet and tangy tastes of citrus! High in vitamin C, these juicy fruits will perk up your taste buds and help to keep your…
March 30, 2021
Stories

Wine Country Recipes

"A visit to wine country revives the soul and soothes the senses,” notes chef-author Robin Goldstein, in the introduction to her collection of luscious recipes inspired by…
October 14, 2020
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Making Borekas

The Mediterranean area, encompassing Israel and nearby Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, offers great cultural diversity and an abundance of freshly grown fruits and vegetables, much like…
April 20, 2020
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Shakshuka

These are my fondest memories of visiting this far-off land with a friend raised in this region. On my first journey to the Middle East, my traveling partner’s…
April 20, 2020
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Breakfast for Dinner

Smoked Salmon and Preserved Lemon Labneh Flatbread If you are looking for a breakfast for dinner idea, check this out. In Lebanon, Manakesh is known as the…
November 10, 2019
Recipes

Preserved Lemons

  Preserved Lemons This recipe combines both salt and sugar, making these preserves versatile in many sweet and savory dishes. A special preserving process requires making a…
November 10, 2019
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Thyme-Infused Honey

  Thyme-Infused Honey I love how easy infused honey is to make and how many ways you can use it. My favorite use so far is to…
November 10, 2019
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Chermoula Sauce

  Chermoula Sauce A North African sauce, traditionally paired with fish, chermoula is a delicious mix of fresh herbs, earthy spices, and acidic preserved lemon. I think…
November 10, 2019
Recipes

Bastilla

  Bastilla As it is generously doused with powdered sugar, this famous Moroccan chicken pie masquerades as a dessert until you cut into it. Wonderfully spiced with…
November 10, 2019
Recipes

Taktouka

  Taktouka For this very popular and traditional Moroccan salad use a variety of green chiles, rather than green bell peppers, which adds a spicy note to…
November 10, 2019
Recipes

Date-Filled Semolina Shortbread

  Date-Filled Semolina Shortbread Imaginative cinnamon-spiced and date-filled shortbread cookies–Lebanese ma'amoul–buttery semolina pastries scented with rose and orange blossom water. The filling is usually either dates or…
November 10, 2019
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Mavra’s Paximadia

  Mavra's Paximadia Come on over. I'll put the coffee on, and we can enjoy my Greek obsession, coffee with paximadia–one cookie in the morning and one…
November 10, 2019
Recipes

Turmeric Pineapple Cocktail

  Turmeric Pineapple Cocktail Pineapple juice is refreshing on its own. In this cocktail, the sweetness of the pineapple is mellowed by cucumber and invigorated with fresh…
November 10, 2019
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Souvlaki Ladolemono

  Souvlaki Ladolemono Embracing the distinct seasonings and flavors of Greece, fresh oregano and garlic give these grilled skewers their signature flavor which reflects the philosophy of…
November 10, 2019

A Taste of Ojai II Cookbook, Flavors of the Valley

A collection of recipes inspired by the bounty of local ingredients available in Ojai. Over 60+ recipes to help you create meals infused with the spirit of Ojai.
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