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If we are going to eat meat, we enjoy Belcampo in Santa Monica. They raise all their animals at their place in Mt. Shasta and are committed to doing things the right way.
BELCAMPO BUTCHER SHOP & RESTAURANT
1026 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica
+1 424 744 8008
My secret in the kitchen is when in a pinch, cook a one-pot meal. Nothing tastes better, is easier to execute and gives the whole family real comfort food. I love to make a chicken stew loaded with veggies (onions, carrots, garlic, celery, swiss chard, white beans, green beans, sweet potatoes, a splash of cumin). It's great for vegetarians as well (minus the chicken, of course).
A mandoline slicer and some zucchini can give you a tasty pasta substitute. Blanch for 30-60 seconds and green noodles you have. Add a sauce, or I love it with good olive oil and some salt and pepper.
I love to wipe my counters down with eucalyptus oil. It kills odors, is a top notch disinfectant and I never worry about the kids putting a snack on the counter and then picking it up with odd chemicals attached. We can talk later about why our kids would not just use a plate all the time, but that's another interview.