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Lima-Bean Salad with Roasted Poblanos and Queso Fresco

Lima beans are a summer staple on the ranch. Farmers have been growing these big, meaty beans on the Central Coast for generations, and we enjoy them in a variety of dishes throughout the year....

Homemade Corned Beef

Some number of years ago (we don’t actually remember how long ago it was; we just know that it was in the “before times,” when we didn’t have kids yet), Austin and I were eating...

Grilled Tri-Tip with Fire Roasted Salsa

Grilled tri-tip is the Central Coast’s most famous dish—and for very good reason. The tri-tip (which is a triangle-shaped cut from the bottom sirloin) is a really flavorful piece of meat and a great way...

Apple and Blackberry Galette

A galette (really just a free-form pie) is as simple and delicious as it is beautiful. I often make the buttery crust in the morning, let it sit in my refrigerator while I work, and...

How to Make (and Use) a Fresh Herb Rub

One of the quickest, easiest ways I know to add flavor to a piece of meat is to make a fresh herb rub. All I have to do is chop up some thyme, rosemary, or...

Central Coast Guacamole

The other day, as I was coming home from checking on cows, I found the sweetest surprise: a neighbor had left a big paper bag of avocados, Meyer lemons, and oranges at our front gate....

Winter Squash Soup

This sweet, creamy soup is like a bowl of liquid sunshine. It’s the perfect meal for a cold night—warm and comforting and filling. I always start my soup by roasting the squash, to give it...

Sunday Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a staple in our house. We always have the ingredients lying around: I keep ground beef in the fridge to make quick dinners like pasta or tacos; there’s a big bowl of onions...

Pomegranate Meringues Cookies

I love meringue cookies. I’m always looking for some kind of simple, sweet treat that I can serve my family, and these are about as easy as it gets. Meringues look really decadent and fancy,...