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Burnt Sage Butter


Place about 1/2 c. butter (salted) into a medium frying pan, over medium heat.
Cook until butter is fully melted & almost golden brown in color-
Into the browning butter, add 10-15 culinary sage leaves (organic, whole sage leaves).
Swirling the mixture often, cook butter and sage leaves for about 4-5 minutes more, until the butter turns an almost deep nut brown color, sage leaves will be quite crisp and irresistible-

Inspired by Dario, Chef Extraordinaire
Ca’Dario Restaurant
37 East Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, California

It was by the hand of Dario that I was first graced with
“burnt sage butter”- now I’m hooked!

Ca’Dario’s is my favorite Italian Restaurant, if not my favorite restaurant overall-
Dario is as sweet as he can be & he’s a hell of a chef-

When you dine at Ca’Dario, be sure to order; RAVIOLI AL BURRO E SALVIA It’s heaven!


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Healthy Buttermilk Waffles









Makes about 10 delicious, light waffles-
(cook up what’s left over, it freezes well.  Just pop them in the toaster & serve)

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. self rising flour
3 T. brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 c. buttermilk
3 eggs, separated
1/3 c. butter (melted & cooled)

1. Prepare your waffle iron & spray lightly with oil-
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, baking soda, & cinnamon.
3. In another bowl stir together the buttermilk, egg yolks, & butter.
4. In yet another bowl beat the egg whites until just shy of stiff.
5. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, until almost fully blended.
6. Gently fold in the egg whites.
7. Using a ladle or tea cup, put about 1/2 c. batter for each waffle into the prepared waffle iron.
8. Cook until crisp & golden, about 2 minutes.
9. Serve immediately with E. Waldo Ward & Son syrup (our family favorite is Apricot).


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Healthy Way to Start the Day












In a blender add;

1-2 c. juice (my favorite is Guava or fresh orange juice)
4-5 heaping T. “Greek Gods” Greek Yogurt (or your favorite plain yogurt)
1 T. Organic Bee Pollen (from your area is best) *if you have allergic reactions to bees, check with your Doctor*
1 T. Calcium Powder (I prefer this to pill form)
1/2 – 1 c. frozen berries (I prefer organic raspberries)
handful of ice

Blend well for about a minute.
Makes 1 large serving (about 2 1/2 – 3 cups)


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Zaca Mesa Winery Event

I ♥ Zaca Mesa Winery!
Their team is kind & gracious, not to mention the amazing wines & beautiful property-
I’ll be in the main tasting room, getting sippers sold on Pepper Jelly; WHERE HEAT MEETS SWEET!
Saturday & Sunday, MAY 26th & 27th; Memorial Day Weekend-
Please make the scenic drive & join us for a family-friendly weekend of events including guided star gazing Saturday night!  Details here

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Green Day Recipe Contest Winner Announced

The first annual Green Day Recipe Contest winner is: Kathleen Nolan of Ojai, California!
Kathleen has an innate talent to work with any medium & turn it into a masterpiece-
Many that know her think of her fondly as the ‘Martha Stewart’ of Ojai!
Ms. Nolan didn’t submit a recipe, she submitted a MEAL, with photos fit for a museum, as well as a cookbook!
In the previous post you’ll see an old photo of her Spanish Grandmother & can read up on some telltale bits of her family history.  Kathleen always goes the distance & puts her heart & soul into whatever project she’s tackling.

Here’s what she submitted:









Contest Results:
1. Albondigas Soup with Ojai Habanero Jelly
2. Feisty Ojai Habanero Corn Muffins
3. Ojai Habanero Sweet Potato Bakes

Click on the links above to see the winning recipes!

HONORABLE MENTIONS are listed here:

Randy Graham; Ojai Pepper Jelly & Brie Cheese Appetizers

Virginia Thorson: Spicy Birds Nests Cookies

Marcie Duncan; 1. Spamble  2. Jalapeno Tiramisu Shells

Corkey Solow; Lucky Leprechaun Jalapeño Munchies

Sylvia Martini; Locos Avocados

Chuck Barnett; Channel Islands Fresh Lobster with dill butter & Ojai Habanero Jelly

Robin Graham; Shrimp Spring Rolls with Ojai Jalapeño Jelly & sprouts

THANK YOU EVERYONE that participated- Everything was delicious & it was so much fun to make & taste!


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Green Day Recipe Contest!













Enter now & join in on the fun!
First Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Recipe Contest!

In an attempt to encourage you to: Play With Your Food, we’re having a contest!
Help us discover your favorite, unique way of using Ojai Jalapeño Jelly or Ojai Habanero Jelly.

1. Submit your name, address, phone number, & email address
2. Submit your tasty edible epicurean-delight
3. Submit a photo of you, plus one of you with your food-item
4. Submit your “step-by-step: recipe

Please send all of your information to:

Please try to send it all at the same time.

For some ideas, have a look @ my ‘Jelly Blog’ online- but please be original

Check my website to see where Green Clover Creations products are sold in your area-
If you can’t find Ojai Pepper Jellies in your area, you can order it online.
Feel free to recommend a specialty market (or grocer) in your hometown where
Ojai Jalapeño Jelly & Ojai Habanero Jelly should be sold!

Deadline for entries; March 16, 2012
The winner will be announced: Saturday March 17th, 2012- Saint Patrick’s Day!

Winner of this contest will receive ONE CASE of their favorite Pepper Jelly!
TWELVE 11-ounce Jars of Pepper Heaven!
We’re here to keep you in Jelly!

PLEASE NOTE: any/all items submitted will not be returned

RULE: You should be old enough to BELLY UP to the stove to enter-

Have fun!


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Local Ojai Business; Messermeister Knives

Messermeister is a locally owned business, they make great quality knives (& much more I’m discovering), in part because they recently posted a ‘cookie making contest’ that I couldn’t pass up…  My video = poor My music = good quality of recipe = EXCELLENT!  I entered “Get in my Belly- Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies”, those of you that know me well know these as Colby’s Cowboy Cookies- They’re like a protein bar or gorp- remember gorp?
I first discovered Messermeister’s at a local school fundraiser.  I placed a ‘silent bid’ on a set of three beauties & won-  They are beautifully crafted, I use them every day & I love them!

Good luck to all that entered the Cookie Contest-
FYI; my favorite entry BY FAR was submitted by Kristin Eldridge & her adorable son (& fantastic helper), Benny!!!  Check it out here.



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Holiday gift ideas with a little SIZZLE


Spice up your Holidays
with my gourmet Pepper Jellies!

Ojai Jalapeño Jelly & Ojai Habanero Jelly-

This time of year can be a blur- with our busy schedules, juggling our work-day, and a holiday social schedule.
It’s time you take control and arrive at that party with my ever-flavorful Pepper Jelly-
Help the crowd stomach the cardboard Costco Quiche…  because everything’s better with Jelly!
Your friends and co-workers will thank you- you might even get an honorable mention, or a pay increase!

  • eyebrows will be raised!
  • conversations will stir!
  • recipes will be born!

Add a little spice to your life and heat up your night!

No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives-
It’s just naturally that pretty!

  • It’s a great party favor
  • A thoughtful, unique, and flavorful hostess gift
  • A lovely gift for the good cook in your life
  • An even lovelier gift for the ‘wanna-be’ good cook in your life
  • Fun gift for the woman in your life
  • Great gift for the guy in your life

Be sure to check out my “Jelly Blog” for serving suggestions & recipes, or just click around in the TAG ‘CLOUD’ listed “WHAT’S HOT”.

My Favorite Dessert: My “COCONUT CAKE” is beyond heavenly!!!



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Village Cheese & Wine, Montecito

My family and I have enjoyed going to Village Cheese & Wine for many years-  We LOVE Haoni (John), the sweet ‘Kiwi’ born owner, and sandwich maker aficionado!  He always has an interesting tale, or a funny story to tell, & GOD knows he makes the most amazing sandwiches!  My favorite is the ‘half on a whole, turkey n’ cheese’.  Now Village Cheese & Wine sells Ojai Jalapeño Jelly & Ojai Halapeno Jelly!!! It rocks any sandwich!  That’s right!