Spring Fever

Spring fever set in for the first time in years during the intense California winter of 2017. The five-year drought brought inconsequential rainstorms along with freakish heat waves reaching 80…

A Year in Apricots

2016 has come to an end, which brings the year-long experience of writing this blog to mind. I have truly enjoyed immersing myself and sharing experiences from a year-in-apricots. There have been…

Apricots in Europe for the Holidays

The Christmas holiday season is well underway with all the hectic plans for decorating, gift-giving, parties, music, Nutcracker performances, and religious celebrations, all of which I love (in reasonable doses). I…

Fall Barbeque with Apricot Pies

One of the main ingredients that led me to the idea of creating a cookbook devoted to Apricots was my re-discovery of Novakovich Orchards in my home town, Saratoga. Having…

Apricot Float in a Hometown Parade

Saratoga, the beautiful village nestled in the gentle hills that rise from the Santa Clara Valley to meet the Santa Cruz mountains, enjoyed more than a century of pioneer adventurism and family…

Apricots Abroad: Switzerland

Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and fondue…but apricots? Switzerland and apricots just didn’t seem to go together, especially in a valley located at the base of the Great St….

Valley of Heart’s Delight

“The Valley of Heart’s Delight” The Santa Clara Valley is To those who hold it dear A veritable Paradise Each season of the year. One loves it best in April…

Now What Do I Do With All These Apricots?

It’s a good question for those of us who can’t take our hands off fresh apricots! During their short, early summer season, I become mesmerized while sorting through a farmer’s market table…

Apricot Orchard Families

Not long after starting on this journey to create an Apricot Cookbook, I stopped by Novakovich Orchards to buy more of their Blenheim apricots before heading up the hill to attend a…

Apricot Creations in the Studio: Winter Photo Shoot

After two years of collecting and developing apricot recipes, the food photography process has come into clear focus for me. There is the summertime frenzy once fresh apricots become available, when we make…

Apricot Bars a Hit at the Saratoga Blossom Festival

We were the first ones to arrive at the Saratoga Blossom Festival on a clear but chilly March morning. Anticipating a warm afternoon, we found a shady spot along the orchard path…

Orchard Rhythms Past and Present

My fondest memories of growing up in Saratoga, surrounded by a remnant French Prune orchard, have to do with experiencing the seasonal rhythm of the fruit trees. I vividly remember…

In the Orchards

We spent a late February afternoon gathering Apricot branches that had just been pruned in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard. I wanted to bring an armful home and enjoy the delicate fragrance and…

Blossom Time

I’m timing my next visit to Saratoga to when the apricot trees are in blossom. My friends there are keeping an eye out and next weekend looks very promising! Over the…

Join Me Along the Way to Creating a Cookbook

“For the Love of Apricots” is a work-in-progress, the fruit of my heritage in Saratoga, California where I had the good fortune to grow up under the remnants of a…