You Might Be A Hippie If….


Due to my recent involvement in the fermentation industry, I have been consuming a ton of fermented foods. I even got my hands on some scoby and am attempting to make my own kombucha. I know. Who have I become? I guess I always knew I was a hippy, I just didn’t know how bad it was.

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I went to The Backyard in Forestville, CA on Friday to indulge in their chefs’ obsession with fermentation. They serve kefir soda on tap! I started with a pickled platter, full of house fermented vegetables. The fermented trumpet mushrooms may have been the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten.

I also recently tried tempeh a month ago, so I had to order the local tempeh items on the menu, like the tempeh rueben and the tempeh scramble. I have to admit, I was glad there were such delicious sauces on the dishes. Sometimes tempeh has a bitterness to it that’s hard to get past.


My one glass of kefir soda wasn’t quite enough, so I headed to The Kefiry in Sebastopol after lunch to bring some bottles home. That place is amazing. Stop by sometime and go through their kefir tasting and let the experts teach you about kefir.

*DO not get kefir confused with kombucha. Kombucha is a great hangover cure, kefir is not! I learned that the hard way.



Today I Pickled, Tomorrow I’ll Take Over The World!

I can’t think of a time when I’ve had more fun in my own kitchen than I did today! As a part of my job as social media specialist for Spoiled To Perfection, I got to shoot a short video of me, attempting to pickle onions in my kitchen. Oh and was it an attempt alright. I’m not big on following recipes, which is probably why I’m horrible at baking, but make killer Mexican food. IMG_0723 2

I followed the basic pickling principles, (vinegar, water, salt, sugar) but added my own twist (mustard seed, cumin seed, peppercorns, jalepenos). Measurements, shmeasurements.

I must have found the two most powerful, evil, purple onions in the entire grocery store because I could barely see! I was bawling on camera and even my videographer had to leave the room! I still have a headache from it. Damn you, food alchemy!

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Aside from my burning eyeballs and a house that now smells like feet, I feel proud and accomplished! My “non-recipe” recipe came out perfectly and we really shot some beautiful video and stills. I must give all the credit to my videographer, Jenny Rustad, who makes all the silly things I do look good.

My new blog, Spoiled In Sonoma, is shaping up quite nicely and I’m having a blast! I can’t believe I get paid for this.