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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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Hatch Chile Polenta Chips Recipe

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What is my favorite season? Hatch Chile season!! While I grow a lot of my produce in our small backyard farm, there are some rare fruits and vegetables I can’t grow like hatch chiles. There is only one place I go for produce outside of our backyard, and that is Melissa’s Produce. Hatch Chile Roastings Roasting chiles is a process. Melissa’s Produce takes the guesswork out of the process by hosting roastings at multiple locations throughout Southern California during the season. They make it so convenient by allowing families to attend a roasting, and bring home the chiles ready to eat. Hatch Chile Recipes There are so many options when it comes to cooking hatch chiles. Melissa’s Produce recently introduced a new item that I couldn’t wait to experiment within the kitchen. It is a Hatch chile polenta, which...

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Mexican Street Corn ‘Elote’ Avocado Toast

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Avocado toast is the key to my heart. I eat it almost every morning, and I love experimenting with different toppings. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Mexico and have been craving authentic elote (aka Mexican street corn). I’ll never forget the time that I drove my kids from La Paz to Todos Santos for lunch. We were sitting at a cafe when my kids heard the bell from an elote cart. I blinked, and they were gone. Running after the elote cart to get a taste of delicious elote. The bell from an elote cart in Mexico is pure magic. I recently got some fresh and ripe avocados and serrano peppers from Melissa’s Produce. The minute that I opened the avocados, there was no bruising, and I couldn’t wait to sink my tastebuds into them. The...

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Ensalada con Nopales: Delicious Cactus Salad Recipe

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

I can’t stop having fun experimenting with fresh cactus (nopales) from Melissa’s Produce. After making nopales con huevos (cactus and eggs) for breakfast, I then made a fresh and delicious cactus salad for dinner. The salad was fresh, delicious, and packed full of nutrition to fuel my kids growing bodies. It was very simple to make and is perfect for your next summer barbecue or potluck. Plus, if you have a picky eaters like me, it is super easy to hide the nutritious cactus in this recipe – mine didn’t even know it was in the salad. Preparing the cactus (nopales) is super simple. There are three different ways to prepare the cactus, but I choose to grill the cactus for this recipe so that it would have a smoky flavor. Also, feel free to add more of your...

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Nopales Con Huevos Recipe: Cactus & Eggs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had nopales (aka cactus)? Well, now is the time to try it. Nopales Con Huevos is one of my favorite breakfast dishes to enjoy while in Mexico, and after getting some fresh cactus leaves from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to make it at home for my kids to enjoy. Nopales Con Huevos can be prepared many different ways. When in Mexico, it is usually offered at an omelet station where guests of the restaurant can add their favorite vegetables to the dish. Nopales can also be prepared three different ways, but pan-fried or grilled is my favorite way to enjoy it. While boiling is the most traditional way to prepare the cactus. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to preparing the cactus leaves. It is super simple, and only takes a couple of minutes. Once...

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How to Prepare and Cook Cactus ‘Nopales’

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Guess what one of my favorite foods to eat in Mexico is? Cactus aka as nopales. Every morning, depending on what region I am visiting, I will either have machaca or nopales (cactus) in my eggs. This summer, I went to Puerto Peñasco and found myself in line at the grill to have eggs made with nopales three times. My daughter looked at my stack of plates at the end of breakfast and told me it was time to learn how to make nopales at home. I ordered some fresh cactus paddles from Melissa’s Produce, and the minute that I opened the box, I was slightly intimidated. My daughter grabbed one out of the box and let out a giant “ouch.” And then, she said, “It’s real cactus.” Everyone laughed. Thanks to our friends at Melissa’s Produce, they were...

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Portobello Mushroom Caprese Recipe

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One thing that I have never cooked with before are portobello mushrooms. I have always been so intimidated by them, but after getting some from our friends at Melissa’s Produce, I decided to try making a recipe with them finally. I’ll be honest. I sat looking at the mushrooms for at least a solid hour before cooking with them. I don’t know why? But, they are super scary looking. I knew that I had to make something kid-friendly with them and find a way to disguise them from my picky eater. Since everyone in my family loves caprese, I decided to make portobello mushroom caprese. The result? Kids loved it, and so did I. The recipe is super simple, and now one of my favorite weeknight recipes. I was able to prepare dinner in less than 5 minutes, and...

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Bell Pepper Pizza Recipe

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 1 comment

Do you have a picky eater? I know that I sure do in my house. Getting my youngest to eat vegetables is always a challenge, and I have to be extra creative to get nutrition into his growing body. Melissa’s Produce provided me with some beautiful Enjoya peppers this week, and I decided to try making bell pepper pizzas out of them. Guess what? My picky eater ate every bite! What I love about this recipe is that it took me less than five minutes to prepare. Plus, there was hardly any mess in my kitchen after preparation. It is my new favorite weeknight meal! About Enjoya Peppers Enjoya peppers are my favorite probably because they are so pretty. But, really because they taste so good. They are slightly less sweet than yellow bell peppers, are crunchy and juicy...

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Pasta Recipe

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to caramelize onions. It is so relaxing, and it makes my home smell amazing. While at Melissa’s Produce this week, they sent me home with some beautiful organic onions and fresh swiss chard. I couldn’t wait to cook something with the fresh produce when I got home. Swiss Chard Nutrition Swiss chard is a great leafy green to incorporate into your kid’s diet. It is packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and flavonoids. I always add some chopped swiss chard when making our salad mixture for the week. It’s beautiful colors make a salad bright and appealing. How to prepare Swiss Chard With my kids having a lot of late nights at school this week, I wanted to make something filling yet packed full of nutrition. I decided...

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Making Gluten-Free Weeknight Meals Easy with the Instant Pot

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever used an Instant Pot before? I remember getting one for Christmas a year ago when everyone was talking about the Instant Pot. However, after seeing kitchen horror stories as a child come to life in my mother’s kitchen with her pressure cooker, I never seemed to take it out of the box. When our friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to learn more about The Gluten-Free Instant Pot cookbook, I was curious to learn more. I arrived at Melissa’s Produce ready to enjoy some delicious bites, and I quickly learned that I was going to savor more than just a few tasty bites. I first met with the authors of the cookbook, Jane Bonacci and Sara De Leeuw. They signed their cookbook for me, and then they welcomed everyone to take a seat while they went...

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When roasted garlic and heirloom tomatoes come together, it is pure bliss. I have recently been kinda obsessed with Trader Joe’s pre-made flatbread lately. It is so fresh, light, and makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ve been having fun creating new recipes using their flatbread, and Melissa’s Produce brings the bread to life. Another one of my favorite foods is burrata cheese. I always have a container in my refrigerator at all times. When the kids came home late from school one-night last week, and I was faced with the question of, “What to cook?” I used some of my favorite staple ingredients to make this tasty flatbread recipe. The recipe only took minutes to make, and after cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, dinner was served. This entire recipe can be made within 15 minutes, making...

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Seaside Baker: Decadent Fruit Desserts

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 2 comments

Dessert for lunch? Yes, please. I love going to Melissa’s Produce to have lunch with all my favorite foodies, celebrate a new cookbook author, and indulge in delicious cuisine. When I got an invitation to come to Melissa’s for a delicious day of desserts, I cleared my calendar to attend the event. Let’s just say that I have a little sweet tooth.. I love to celebrate bloggers who publish their first books. Jackie Bruchez is a well-known blogger (Seaside Baker) who is now a celebrated published author of the book Decadent Fruit Desserts. She is incredibly talented, and the minute that I walked into Melissa’s Kitchen, and saw all her desserts, I was in sugar heaven. Melissa’s Produce converted into a dessert version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the day. The counter was filled with samples of...

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Adya is one of the best places to bring your family to get Indian food. Both locations in Irvine and Anaheim offer a relaxed family-friendly dining ambiance. Plus, they have delicious food that even the pickiest little eaters will love. During my recent visit to Adya, I attended a cooking class with Chef Shachi Mehra using fresh Melissa’s Produce. I have always been intimidated by the thought of making Indian food at home. During the interactive cooking class, Chef Shachi showed me how simple and easy cooking Indian food at home for my family can be. We learned how to make four simple family-friendly recipes using fresh Melissa’s Produce. The two favorite recipes that I learned how to make was the tangerine and radish salad with fresh mint and fennel. The salad was fresh, and when made with Melissa’s...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s breakfast, and kids love it. There are so many creative ways to serve avocado toast to your kids, and this is guaranteed to become one of their all-time favorites quickly. What are Kiwi Berries? According to Melissa’s Produce, Kiwi Berries are a cousin of the Kiwi Fruit. They are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or from a local retailer, you’ll want to cook with them right away – they don’t hold long in the refrigerator. You can make your own bread. But, if you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have time for that on a weeknight. Trader Joe’s has incredible flatbread (found in the bread section of the store). They also have...

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A Little Book of Cheese at Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Cheese? Yes, please! When I got an invite to attend a celebration of Chef Debbi Dubbs cookbook, A Little Book of Cheese, I immediately said, “Yes!” When I arrived at Melissa’s Produce, the kitchen smelled amazing. There were multiple dishes featuring cheese, and I quickly learned that the aromatic dish was the minestrone soup. I enjoyed a quick meet and greet with Chef Debbi. She signed a cookbook for me to bring home to my daughter, and also gave me a copy of her second cookbook. Next, it was time to taste some of her recipes. Lunch at Melissa’s Produce I started by trying her apple pecan salad with goat cheese. Then, I had a taste of the Italian chopped salad. Both of the salads were amazing, but I found myself going back for seconds of the Italian chopped...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want to prepare something with them right away – they do not hold long in the refrigerator. We were so lucky to get so many squash blossoms that my daughter and I made lemon and ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Plus, we also made a squash blossom and burrata pizza to pair with it. It was the most delicious night ever in...

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