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Sunday, April 06, 2008 

The Shangri-La Called Ojai


R 18 Rt150 Ojai
Originally uploaded by burawski@sbcglobal.net.

Ojai is just south of Santa Barbara and is an amazingly beautiful (and hot!) part of agricultural California. Avocados. Lavendar. Cherimoyas. Oranges. Pixie Tangerines. All abundant in this modern day Shangri-La. Abundant, also, are talented farmers growing/raising some amazing edible bounty, venues selling it and chefs using this local goodness to showcase their creations.

Ojai Farmer's Market
Feast Bistro.
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
The Oaks Spa
Rainbow Bridge Natural Store
The Ranch House
Suzanne's Cuisine
The Ojai Culinary Studio
Ojai Olive Oil
Ojai Valley Bee Farm
Ojai Pixie Tangerines
and home to "Edible Ojai", the first in the "Edible" magazine community.

Tangerine Macadamia Nut Cookies
(From the community cookbook "Ojai's Bounty" - recipe from Anne Thacher)

1 stick butter (1/4 lb.)
3/4 cup sugar
Grated rind of one tangerine (outside peel only)
1 Tablespoon Tangerine juice
1 1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Cream butter and sugar, add egg and tangerine stuff, then flour, baking powder and nuts. Drop teaspoon amounts on a cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Best if made with Ojai tangerines!

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