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Year of the Horse Salad

Katie Upton Local Santa Barbara Artist

A special THANK YOU to local Santa Barbara artist; Katie Upton.
I ♥ her work!

Wine Pairing; Zaca Mesa Winery 2011 Viognier

Toss together;
2 c. organic beets, spiralized, then lightly steamed, or micro’d ‘al dente’
2 c. organic Granny Smith Apples, spiralized or sliced thin
1/2 c. organic kale, or a handful of fresh parsley- chopped
1/2 c. organic celery root, (anise root, or jicama are also delicious)- chopped

(heat & mix over low heat, do not boil)
1/2 c. olive oil
2-3 t. Ojai Jalapeño Jelly

Once it’s cooled, complete by adding;
1/2 c. “White Apple Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 c. White Stilton Mango & Ginger Cheese
squeeze of lemon (♥ Meyers)

At the last moment throw in
a handful of “NutC” Sweet n’ Spicy Walnuts– broken up, irregularly
Toss & serve-


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Good Morning America

I entered my turkey sandwich recipe in a contest on ABC-

I’d had a series of unfortunate events really, that lead to me entering this particular contest-  I’d had a stumble whereas I literally found myself lying in the dirt saying “I’ve fallen & I can’t get up!”.  I’d severely fractured my sacrum (the ♥-shaped bone at the base of the spine).  Due to my circumstance, I watched more television than usual &  “Good Morning America” announced they were looking for the “Best Sandwich in the Nation”.
I thought, what do I have to lose?  I entered my favorite, unique & tasty sandwich & it was FEATURED!!!  Challenges do end up as blessings!  Give it a try-


  • 2 slices of bread (I like sourdough or rye)
  • Safflower mayonnaise (or your favorite)
  • Smoked or roasted turkey breast (sliced very thin)
  • Pepper Jack Cheese (or your favorite cheese, sliced thin)
  • Ojai Jalapeño Jelly!
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Fresh ground salt & pepper to taste

    Slather a little Ojai Jalapeño Jelly on one slice of bread, mayonnaise on the other & build your sandwich-

  • enjoy!

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    Jay wrote:

    Jay wrote: “I’m about half-way through my first jar of Ojai Jalapeno Jelly, and I rank it up there with my first taco and my first bite of authentic cheese cake. (In other words, in and among the very highest echelons of my personal Cosmic Deliciousness realms.) BRAVO.”

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH JAY- I enormously appreciate the GINORMOUS compliment!
    I’d say it’s high time you try my Ojai Habanero Jelly, which I’d like to gift you-
    Address please!