The holiday season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to share traditional foods and recipes with your family. Dr. Jaime Friedman reviews some kitchen safety basics to help you make sure the kids are safe while cooking, baking and making new holiday memories!
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Stella Public House
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Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
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We have something local and special for you! Westridge-San Elijo Hills resident from Italy Chef Fabrizio Facchini has handmade fresh Italian holiday meals ready for delivery this holiday season. Get you orders in soon for Christmas and New Year’s. See San Elijo Hills Menu for selections and pricing. Call Frabrizio with questions at 760 846-9692 and text orders to 760 846-9692.
By: P-Dish (A new guest post from SEH Local food fanatic)
If you’re like me, food is an integral part of life. Food inspires, nurtures, and brings people together. What has shaped my love and passion for cooking spans my lifetime. Maybe like you, some of the best memories center around amazing meals cooked for me and dare I say, by me..Lately, I’ve had the good fortune to be invited to numerous BBQ parties which always stirs up a little insecurity. See, I was not raised with a grill master nor did I marry one! So, I leave the grilling to the experts and try to complement their cooking with dishes that celebrate summer and round out a great meal.
Summer food=simplicity. Let the food speak for itself. If you’ve ever had a ripe, home grown tomato, you know what I mean…and since I can’t manage to grow tomatoes because of the creatures that get there before me…I head to Chino’s Farm in Rancho Santa Fe. They truly have what California’s bounty has to offer..and the staff are really friendly too!
So here is a tried and true recipe that I always look forward to making this time of year, because of it’s simplicity and flavor:
Tomato Basil Pasta Salad
3 large vine ripened tomatoes(diced)
1 bunch fresh basil..as much as you want but 1 cup is about right (chopped)
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
Proscuitto (6 slices chopped, sorry I wing the measurements) I buy this at Costco or Trader Joe’s because it’s good quality and affordable.
1/3 cup Olive oil
Parmesan to taste..good quality makes all the difference
Crushed Red Pepper (if desired)
1 lb Penne pasta
In a large heat proof bowl, add diced tomatoes, garlic, 1/2 the basil, 1/4 cup olive oil (or more), salt, pepper, red pepper. Stir gently and let sit while you cook pasta.
To the bowl, add the cooked pasta, toss in the proscuitto and rest of basil, and parmesan.
** This Dish is perfect for the vegetarians in the group. Minus the proscuitto and you have 2 dishes in 1.
Thousands of food truck fans trekked to San Marcos’ San Elijo Hills earlier this month, when the housing developments’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting coincided with their first Foodie Fest – a collection of close to twenty food trucks from Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. The aptly named Cluster Truck Events and their team of food truck wranglers helped to organize the mobile food frenzy, which included local MIHO Gastrotruck (farm-to-table fare), Joe’s on the Nose (gourmet coffee drinks), Sweet Treats (ice cream and baked goods) and the Devilicious truck, which marked its grand opening with a menu that included lobster grilled cheese and a smoked bacon hot dog with agave mayo. READ MORE VIA SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE
In the spirit of giving? If so, don’t forget about the Hometown Realty Holiday Food Drive this Saturday, the 11th for San Elijo Hills. It’s a perfect way to help those in need and all donations benefit InterFaith Community Services. Here are the details:
Grab the brown paper bag you received in the Fountain Newspaper, fill it with canned goods and leave it on your driveway or in a visible area Saturday morning. Pick-up begins at 9am.
Plan to arrive at the Foodie Fest early. We expect lots of people, so we strongly recommend you and your family walk to the event. Not only do you not have to worry about parking, but you’ll work up a healthy appetite for all of the food trucks!
Do Your Homework
Prioritize! Know what food trucks are coming to Foodie Fest and make a short list of your must have’s and must try’s. Click HERE for a complete list of participating trucks.
DRESS REALLY WARM!
Come rain or shine, the trucks are coming. Depending on Mother Nature’s mood, jackets, umbrellas, hats and mittens may be needed.
“Bring yo’ money, honey”!
Be on the safe side and bring cash. While a few Food Trucks take plastic, cash is preferred and great to have on hand.
Divide and Conquer
Bring your foodie friends to Foodie Fest (only ones who love to share). Each teammate can take on a different food truck line and bring back their winnings to share with the group. This way, you can try more food and split the cost.
There’s more than food…
Come for the food, stay for the fun. Be sure to give your tummy a break and check out what else may be going around you, like the beautiful tree lighting and ornament decorating for the kids! Also, the towncenter shops will be open into the evening. Take advantage of the specials!
Tis’ the Season to Vote… the Foodie Fest contest is on!
Vote for your favorite food truck at the Foodie Fest! Cast your vote on the San Elijo Hills Facebook page by ‘liking’ the photo of your favorite trucks. The truck with the most ‘likes’ will win a Flip video camera to document their food trucks adventures. Voting ends December 10th.
Post a photo of you, your friends or family enjoying Foodie Fest (maybe enjoying a beer at Happy Hour, getting a mani-pedi, painting an ornament, or anything else you can think of) for a chance to win an American Express gift card! Post your photo on the San Elijo Hills Facebook page. A winner will be selected on December 10th.
To kick off the holiday season, on December 3rd, 20 of Southern California’s hottest gourmet food trucks will surround the Town Square for the San Elijo Hills Foodie Fest & Tree Lighting. Choose from a wide variety of around-the-world delicacies ranging from sushi to sweet potato fries and Mexican-Korean barbecue fusions to Indian curries as well as an assortment of desserts and treats. Entrée prices range from $3 – $10. Most food trucks do not accept cards, so please be sure to bring cash.
The event will start with a happy hour at 4 p.m. at surrounding eateries. The culinary feast on wheels will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m and the annual tree lighting will start at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening there will be holiday entertainment and festive crafts for kids.
Please dress warmly! San Elijo Hills residents are encouraged to walk to the event due to the high amount of traffic anticipated in the Town Square. For more information, please contact (760) 798-1765. For a complete list of participating food trucks, please click HERE.