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Quick Eats: Armenian Cucumber and 3 Carrot Salad

It’s that time of year when the Farmer’s Market is going off and Persian cucumbers are readily available, not to mention amazing carrots grown locally by Roots Farm. This recipe by Duo takes advantage of the best of the market and puts it all into one tasty salad. Enjoy!

Armenian Cucumber and Three Carrot Salad:

Serves 6-8

– 3 Armenian Cucumbers (feel free to substitute another seasonal cucumber)- thinly sliced

– Carrots cut on the bias – 4 cups (ideally use a combination of Purple, Yellow and Orange carrots)

– 4 ounces Chevre (you can substitute Greek Feta)

– 2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (oregano, mint and basil)

– 1 teaspoon Flaked Sea Salt (we use Maldon Sea Salt)

Honeyed Lemon Vinaigrette:

– 1 tablespoon Honey

– Juice of One Lemon

– 1 tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

– ¼ cup of Olive Oil (First Press, Extra Virgin)

– Salt and Pepper to taste

To Make Vinaigrette:

Combine first three ingredients. Stream in olive oil (whisking constantly). Season to taste.

To Assemble:

Combine Cucumbers, Carrots and Herbs. Toss with Vinaigrette. Add Flaked Salt. Crumble Chevre over the top. Wild arugula is also a nice addition if you would like to add greens to the salad, the spicy notes compliment the sweetness of the carrots and the vinaigrette.

Photographer: Karen Wise Recipe: Duo Events 

Quick Eats: Padron Peppers from the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market

Its that time of year, when you’ll find the tasty padron pepper for sale at the Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market.

Duo Events was kind enough to provide this recipe for a quick snack with this diminutive, little pepper. Enjoy!

To serve 4-6 people you’ll need:

-1 pound of padron or shishito peppers (source from your local farmers market or specialty grocer).

-2 Tablespoons good quality olive oil

-1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

-Zest of 1/2 Lemon

Heat a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan over high heat (cast iron works great for this). Add the olive oil and peppers. Saute for 1-2 minutes (the peppers should blister) – some spots will brown or blacken, do not worry, this is what you are looking for. Toss with sea salt and lemon zest.  Enjoy with friends (warning these are addictive, you may want to double the recipe!).

And a big thank you to the lovely Anna Costa for taking the lovely photos and you can check out her own food blog right here. Happy snacking!

 

In the Kitchen with Duo Events: Padron Peppers

Today I’m super excited to welcome Duo Events as contributors to Santa Barbara Chic!  They are one of my favorite caterers in Santa Barbara and they’ll be contributing some tasty recipes this month with all local ingredients. First up, is this simple, but delicious, recipe with padron peppers.

Padron peppers are available at the Santa Barbara’s farmer’s market and are a quick and easy summertime snack. They taste similar to rajas and its pretty easy to chow down a whole basket worth before you know it.

To serve 4-6 people you’ll need:

-1 pound of padron or shishito peppers (source from your local farmers market or specialty grocer).

-2 Tablespoons good quality olive oil

-1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

-Zest of 1/2 Lemon

Heat a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan over high heat (cast iron works great for this). Add the olive oil and peppers. Saute for 1-2 minutes (the peppers should blister) – some spots will brown or blacken, do not worry, this is what you are looking for. Toss with sea salt and lemon zest.  Enjoy with friends (warning these are addictive, you may want to double the recipe!).

And a big thank you to lovely Anna Costa for taking the lovely photos and you can check out her own food blog right here. Happy snacking!

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic

Real Party: Colorful & Casual Crab Boil

I love a party that’s built upon great food and good friends. And this one starts at the Santa Barbara’s farmer’s market and Fish Market for super fresh ingredients and ends at a casual backyard location.

Setup some couches outside, pull out your record player, hang a hammock or two, and invite some friends over who are ready to chow down.

Add some local Telegraph beer for flavor to your crab boil, use a wheel barrow to hold of drinks, and offer some colorful salads to go with your crab boil and you’ve got the makings of one successful party!