Savory Ojai Pasties

Photo: Randy Graham

So what’s a pasty? No, it’s not what Carol Doda wore. The best way to describe a pasty is to say it’s a pot pie without the pot. They are thought to have been the culinary invention of the Cornish in England and were brought to the United States when Cornish miners immigrated in the 1800’s. Continue reading

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Curtido Slaw

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

Curtido shown with fresh fried papusas.

Curtido is to Mesoamerican fare as sauerkraut is to a ballpark hotdog or kimchi is to a Korean pancake. This funky, vinegary cabbage, onion, and carrot slaw brings flavor and crunch to dishes that call out for brightness and texture. Continue reading

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Gourmet Vegan Cooking Class!

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for this class next Sunday!

Lavender Inn Class BLUE - Fall 2016

Ojai author and chef Randy Graham will show you how to make (and to eat!) healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare gourmet vegan appetizers. Menu items for this class include California Quesadillas, Salvador Curtido, India Samosas and French Socca. A signed copy of his new Ojai Valley Vegan Cookbook is included in the cost of the class which will be held at The Lavender Inn on Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 1pm to 3pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Call (805) 646-6635 for reservations.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza (GF)

Post Linkedin - Gluten-Free cauliflower crust pizza

Why?, you question. Why cauliflower crust on a pizza? Ask not why; ask how good. Continue reading

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Mondo Sandwich

Robert's Mondo Sandwich Aug 15 2016

This is one of our son’s creations. I call it “Robert’s mondo sandwich.” His creation. His photo. So proud of him!

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Beer-Battered Avocados with Grilled Peach Salsa

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

Served in homemade tortillas with curtido (left) and salsa (right).

The inspiration for this appetizer came from my friend, Sandy S., who asked what I would serve with my grilled peach, avocado and jalapeno salsa. Continue reading

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Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

This vegan recipe takes chocolate chip cookies to the next level with oats and an infusion of espresso-spiked dough. I like to use a dark chocolate that is at least 79% cacao. Continue reading

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