Flavor Grenade Pluots

"Dinosaur egg" is a nickname given to some varieties of pluot due to their dappled coloring. This delicious cross between an apricot and a plum happened thanks to a cross-breeding program (not genetic engineering) conducted by California breeder Floyd Zaiger. Pluots are nutritious and are low in fat, so Moms looking for healthy snacks have another great option in the pluot. You can also count on slices of pluot to add some flavor to other dishes.

El Nino 1997

"El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms..." is the actual headline in the Mercury News.  As any California farmer would say, this is wonderful news. Yet in spite of all our advanced algorithms, satellites and data, the meteorologists are still offering only educated guesses, not facts. Talk to our sagacious senior farmers, though, and you will be told that if the rain doesn't come this year, it will come next year, or the year after. The fact is, California is a generally arid region of extreme weather, and we have lived through droughts before. Now is the time farmers prepare for rain and conserving the water that does come.

Raspberry Cream Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8



1 16 1/2 - ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 3 - ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups fresh red raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Powdered sugar

Waffles with Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes/batch
Servings: 12 waffles



2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2/3 cups milk
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Very Berry Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Set Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: N/A
Servings: 8



Berry Puree:

• 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
• 1 cup hulled and quartered fresh ripe strawberries
• 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1/4-1/2 cup sugar

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4




1/3 cups honey
1/4 cups canola oil
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/8 teaspoons salt

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Set Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10



For The Base:

Butter, for greasing

2 tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

9 graham crackers

1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

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