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What is better than California Grown? I am fortunate enough to live part of the year in the leading agricultural state in the country and the sole U.S. producer of almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, artichokes, figs and olives! 19.8 million acres of land in The Golden State is dedicated to farming, and I love that 90% of the farms are family owned.

Like me, Californians are hard workers, and I’m awed by the farmers, ranchers, farm workers, ranch hands and fisher people who work 24/7/365 to provide food, fiber and foliage for the world. California grows more than 400 different products and produces more than a third of the country’s vegetables and two thirds of the country’s fruits. It is truly a gift to visit the California farmers markets and get to know the people who grow my food.

This gorgeous al fresco California Grown dinner is perfect for gathering with friends on hot summer days. It’s the kind of dinner that isn’t about slaving over a hot stove or grill—it’s all about the produce. Bring all of this California magic together with delicious cheeses, figs and dried fruits, nuts, and a variety of olives. Add your favorite gluten free crackers or crusty bread, and there is something for everyone. Ideal for delighting a group and creating a simple, magical evening under the stars.

And have it your way by getting creative with some of my MAGIC ELIXIRSâ„¢ like Green Goddess blended with Skyr, Pistachio Pesto (amazing when mixed with California goat cheese, recipe below!), Marinated Onions,  and Refrigerator Pickles. Tomato Confit stuffed into ripe California avocado halves, roasted California garlic and gorgeous olives and you have a party! I am so excited to share this California Grown table with you.

What are your California Grown favorites?

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Roasted California Garlic

  • 3 heads of California Garlic
  • Olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 400.  Cut the tops off of the garlic and place on a pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for 30-40 mins until soft and golden brown.

California Avocados stuffed with Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRSâ„¢

  • 2 California avocados
  • Tomato confit MAGIC ELIXIRSâ„¢ (click here for the recipe)

Cut avocados in half and remove skin.  Fill with a generous scoop of Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRSâ„¢.  Enjoy!

Pistachio Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1 cup Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRSâ„¢ (click here for the recipe)
  • 1 cup softened California Goat Cheese

In a medium bowl, combine the pistachio pesto and the goat cheese, stirring to mix well.

Use all of this, along with your favorites grown in California to create a gorgeous spread.