Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Green green green but not collards

Lots of basil and garlic inside the box. I made a salad dressing with basil, garlic, mint, lemon juice, a small piece of chipotle in adobo sauce, and olive oil. I'm serving it at a neighbors house over that big head of lettuce that came yesterday.

Speaking of olive oil. The Russian River area has three artisan olive oil producers. Best Dog, Las Sirenas and Olive Branch Farm. All three are located in Cazadero - probably because of the land availability and all the rain Cazadero gets every year. Pictured here are Ricky and Cathy Tokubo owners of Best Dog and of course the best dog herself..Hazel. I interviewed The Tokubos and the owners of Las Sirenas for a story on the new olive oil regulations in California. Part of their passion for being in the olive oil business is due to the community that has formed around small olive oil producers.

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