Fruit Jerky


Fruit Jerky (AKA the “Fruit Roll-up”) was invented for people who have kids who, for one reason or another, simply don’t want to bite into fruit. Puréed and dehydrated in sheets, they’re the equivalent of baby food sucked dry of moisture with intense flavor. But they’re not just for kids anymore. If you’re on the…



Some days you have to ask yourself why we bother preparing our own food. Is it because we’re simply too cheap to buy it someplace else? Are we control freaks? Or is it because some things just taste better when we’re able to control the ingredients? To be honest, maybe it’s a little of all…

Grilled Vegetable Pita Sandwich


Still doing that “Meatless Monday” thing? Yeah, me neither. Listen, if you’re eating enough vegetables throughout the week, there’s no reason to take a day off of eating meat if meat is what you want. Make this. It’s easy. Grill some eggplant, onion, and bell pepper. Split a piece of pita bread in half, lather…

Curing and Smoking Your Own Pastrami at Home


If there’s such a thing as Beef Bacon, this is it. Pastrami is stupid easy to make. This 3-minute video will show you how. Everything in this recipe can be purchased at a grocery store, with the exception of pink salt. That can be found online at or

On Sustainable Fishing


According to extensive research by the Environmental Defense Group and the University of Washington, global sustainable fishery policies could raise profits in the sector by $51 billion a year, boost the numbers of fish in the oceans and provide more food for the world’s people, according to a recent article from Business Insider. I’ve dedicated…

The End of Strawberry Season


Back before we were overrun with new housing developments, Orange County was actually known for its orange groves. A few groves still stand, but probably not for long. It’s sad to think that our county’s namesake will one day just be a name, and people will have to read the history books to believe that…

Quick & Easy Carrot Soup w/Lemongrass


I’m not going to sound like a genius here. Carrots are very good for you. They’re loaded with beta-carotene, which is a very potent antioxidant. Once consumed, your body converts that to Vitamin A, which helps fight heart disease, cataracts, and a host of other cancers. The old adage that carrots help your eyesight is…

Protein: The Ultimate Power Source


What we have here is one of my favorite things to eat – a seared tuna steak on top of a bed of edamame beans. Or, simply put, protein on top of protein. I’m sure you’ve read in almost every men’s health and fitness magazine how important protein is to your diet when you’re trying…

California’s Record Drought


It’s always nice when your home state makes national news, but when the news is devastating a majority of the time, it’s tough to swallow. Welcome to California. I’m sure most of you are aware of the mandatory water usage cutbacks that our Governor has set in place. We’re currently in the fourth year of…