happy girl kitchen

End of summer pop up dinner August 13th at 7pm

Join us on Thursday evening at the Happy Girl Kitchen Cafe for an amazing dinner spotlighting local farms and everything that is wonderfully in season the day of the feast.    We bring in top chefs from the Bay Area to spotlight some of our favorite Central Coast farmers, setting the stage for a magical evening of community, new friends and great food.  We are very fortunate that the chef of the evening will be Chef extraordinare Matt Millea.

Chef Matt Millea has the skills to delight your pallete and satisfy your cravings for great food.  We feature a different local, organic farm each time and Matt is a master of turning the local harvest into a meal to treasure.  We also will highlight a local artist to informally show their work to the community and we raffle off a piece of original artwork.  FUN!  Live Music and lots of engaging conversation too.  Our dinners are always a night to remember!


This event will be BYOB - feel free to bring a bottle of wine for your party... or two to share with new friends!

Sample menu*

(this menu is only meant to whet your appetite.  The menu for August 13th will be a little different and will depend entirely on what is available on the day of harvest) 


- House made pickles + Toma Cheese + crackers
- Houes made Sourdough bread and butter
- Heirloom tomato + Avocado + Basil + Mozzarella

- Ricotta stuffed squash blossoms
- Cannellini Beans + dry farmed tomatoes + garden herbs
- pan-seared Guindilla Peppers
- Corn Risotto + brocollini
- fresh heirloom lettuces with herbs

- blue bottle coffee
- Roasted Peaches + yogurt + Lavender Shortbread + lime drizzle

Dinner starts at 7pm at our cafe and space in Pacific Grove:

173 Central Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Visiting coffee roasters

You may have heard that Blue Bottle is discontinuing their wholesale program.  Nothing like this has ever happened in the coffee industry.  When we opened our cafe, we knew we wanted to serve Blue Bottle.  We met James over 10 years ago working the same farmer's markets together.  I was not much of a coffee person then, but I always knew that I loved Blue Bottle even if I didn't know why.  Now that Happy Girl Kitchen Co. has to find a new roaster, I need to figure out what it is I have loved about Blue Bottle all of these years.  There are many dynamics that go into a good cup of coffee. Transparent sourcing, passionate training, tech support and a lot of love.  So, we are visiting roasters and feel so lucky that there are so many amazing roasters in the Bay Area.

I have a thing for cows!

I have a thing for cows!

Jordan and Ninny in Norway 1999!
I was a staunch vegan until I met Ninny.    Taking a half an hour hike to call out for her in her open pasture as the endless sunset of the northern climate was taking place is just the beginning.  Sitting in the barn and nuzzling into her side as I milked her and listening to the rumblings and grumblings of her stomachs completely won me over.  Cows are such tranquil creatures and their milk is so SWEET!!!  I did not remain a vegan for very long.  I caved to the pressures of fresh cream and hand picked raspberries - one of the most exquisite desserts on the planet.
With 6 gallons of milk a day, there is a lot of experimenting in the kitchen that can happen.  When you hang out with a family cow you really understand why humans discovered so many different ways of preserving the milk....there is so much of it!  Can you think of a more diverse single ingredient?  Through my travels far and wide, I have been keenly interested in the different ways of preserving food and milk is a true standout.  Even amongst the fresh cheeses, yogurts and kefir there is such variety!  I can hardly contain my enthusiasm in my cheese workshops and the one last night proved no different.  They become a hybrid of preservation workshop and cooking workshop where we make such things as paneer and srikand (a traditional Indian dessert).  The possibilities are as endless as the milk supply! Below see some photos from my travels and fun with cows.

Oxen in the winter in Sweden pulling a sleigh!

Oxen in India working the field.

Sunrise on the pasture grounds.

Friends at Live Earth Farm visiting their ahimsa cow "surabhi".  She is who I am currently getting my milk supply from.  For inquiries in getting her milk email me at jordan@happygirlkitchen.com

Kids Culinary Camp!

Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Culinary Camp

June 15th - 19th 9-5pm for kids 8-12 years old and 12-15 years old.

173 Central Ave. Pacific Grove

$350 per child, sibling discounts available and internships available.  REGISTER HERE!!!

Your child will learn:

            How to prepare healthy, local, seasonal meals

            Cooking and baking techniques

            Kitchen safety

            How to preserve the bounty of the region

            To make healthy food choices

In addition we will:

            Visit the local farmer's market

            Take field trips to the tidepools

            Have picnics at the beach

            Do arts and crafts projects

            Have special guest speakers


We will adventure in the happy girl kitchen and around Pacific Grove to learn about food and community! You do not have to pack any food as the children will be making and eating breakfast, lunch and snacks and even taking home a quart jar of soup to contribute to dinner! There is also an option for early drop off and late pick up for an extra fee. By the end of the week your child will be ready to help out in the kitchen and may have more skills than you do!


Schedule: Arrive, prepare and eat breakfast together and talk about plan for the day. Food prep for lunch and preserved food of the day. Go on walking outing around Pacific Grove to enrich our day. Return for lunch or eat a picnic lunch out. Make preserved goods and soup to take home. Art project. Depart.


Overview day! We will plan our menu for the week and learn about the big picture of food. We will walk to Nob Hill and learn how to shop well! Your children will learn how to read labels and explore the geography of the store and understanding the role of a modern grocery store in our food systems (think Michael Pollan). Seasonality, processed food, sustainability and health.   I will have every child pick out their favorite food and we will read the label and see if we can create a more healthy version. We will then break for lunch at Happy Girl. In the afternoon we will walk to the Monday Farmers Market in Pacific Grove and counter what we learned in the grocery store with what we are experiencing in the market. We will also go to the library to pick out some botanical art books and cook books to inspire our week! We will return and learn the art of pickling that afternoon.


Our special outing this day will be adventuring in the tide pools and visiting Historic Cannery Row and discovering the area and that Happy Girl Kitchen is the last cannery in Monterey county! We will also be starting sprouts for the week and preparing some strawberry jam.


The special outing today will be to a local backyard garden and we will plant our own seedlings of lettuce mix to take home and learn about food miles.   The kids will make their batch of strawberry jam.


The special outing today will be an adventure at Lover’s Point Beach. We will pack a picnic in the morning and enjoy a day at the beach and fly kites in the field. We will come back and bake gallettes and make cheese!


The grand finally day. On Friday we will focus on planning a big feast for our families to enjoy together on Friday night! It is going to be a great party! They will also make some sauerkraut to take home as their little pet for the summer.


Get your box of Meyer Lemons this week only!

Food preservationists!  Order by Tuesday AM for delivery this FRIDAY!!!  Only chance for Meyer Lemons! 

all boxes of lemons will include recipes for Lemon Ginger marmalade, lemon beet shrub, lemon spritzer, candied citrus peels and Morrocan Lemons.
This week Terrence Welch, one of my all time favorite farmers called saying he has 2000 a ton more meyer lemons than I can use.  Literally a ton.  So, I told him that I would send the word out to my group of food preservationists to see if any of you could take some off of his hands.  This will get us all rolling for apricots, strawberries and cherries......It is going to be a great year!

food preservationists offerings this week:

Order period closes at 2 pm Tuesday, April 14th. No exceptions--we must give our farmers' time to pick and prepare your orders.

Pick up 4-7 PM from the locations below.

The Food Preservationist offerings for pick up Friday, April 17th, 2015 are:

 Pickling Spice Proprietory Blend 1 Pint Jar for $15.99
 Raw Local Wildflower Honey 1 quart jar for $24.99
 Raw Local Sage Honey 1 Quart Jar for $24.99
 30 LBS. Bucket of Organic Evaporated Cane Juice for $44.99
 Pickling Spice Proprietory Blend 1 Quart Jar - tis the season for pickles. Stock up! for $27.99
 Organic Meyer Lemon box - 25 lb box - with recipes for marmalade, shrubs, canidied citrus peels and syrups for $49.00

March 27th - Marmalade grand tasting party!!! 6-7:30pm

Marmalade tends to be a mysterious cousin to jams and it is perfect time to fall in love with them!

March is the peak season of Marmalades and here at Happy Girl Kitchen we make 12 different varieties from locally sourced organic citrus!  We want to have a party to celebrate marmalades and celebrate the end of winter!  Join us for a grand tasting of marmalades all dressed up in many different ways.  We will be serving many dishes featuring marmalades as an ingredient and marmalades on their own.  It will be a social evening of tiny bites and big ideas!  

On the menu:

Fresh Kale salad with Big Sur Marmalade

Rice pilaf with Lime Marmalade

Roasted cannelini beans with Orange Rosemary Marmalade

Crustini with goat cheese and Meyer Lemon Ginger Marmalade

For dessert?  Marmalade thumbprints!

To drink?  Citrus shrub cocktails!

It is going to be a fun social evening celebrating the star of the month!  Marmalade.

The event will take place at our cafe in Pacific Grove at: 

173 Central Ave.  Pacific Grove, CA 93950!

Tickets are $15 ahead of time or $25 at the door!  

Cheezy love

What is cheezy love to you?  Here at Happy Girl, cheezy love is so many different things that we had to throw a party just to celebrate it.  Cheezy love.  It is that kind of love that keeps on feeling good.  Love that you can laugh at and with and makes you feel like you are swinging as high as you can get at the playground.  I can feel the butterflies in my stomach right now! Cheezy love can be AWKWARD at times especially when people are being coy.  Cheezy love is something that we are all looking for at some time in our lives!  Come find cheezy love at Happy Girl!
All "cheezy love" photos by Michelle Magdalena!!!
 Who knew that cheezy love could be so CUTE!

Cheezy love is just so funny!

Cheezy love with a devil on their shoulder!

Jonah knows all about Cheezy love...

Girls know what cheezy love is all about!
 Why are all the girls so happy over there?  Ask Mr. Cheezy love!!!

"just keep it clean boys" Grandpa.
Grandpa on the far left came into our shop while we were doing the photo shoot as a customer and made it very obvious that he wanted to join the photo shoot even though he didn't.  It is this kind of spontaneous joy that comes out of Cheezy love!!!

Cheezy love is a chance for couples and singles to have a good time together and dance, eat, drink take photos and more!
Cheezy Love!
A party and a lifestyle at Happy Girl!  Buy tickets here

February 14th 6-9 pm
*Tasty bites - 
yummy appetizers by happy girl to keep the party going!
*Speed dating - For couples and singles alike just a chance to get to know one another better!!!
*Photo booth by Michelle Magdalena - We are proud that this amazing photographer will be sending you home with stylish portraits from her photo/kissing booth!
*Live Dating Game - With Colin, our host who is Clint Eastwood in his younger years, we will all be entertained by this live version! (still seeking qualified applicants!)
*Dancing - Live records and a disco ball and plenty of space!
*Wine and cocktails - Served by Ian and Heather Brand! 

Dinner menu for "dine with the farmers" is up!

January 22, 2015

Happy Girl Kitchen Co. presents…

Dine with the farmers


House made pickles + Crackers + Popcorn

Membrillo + Toma Cheese

Mandarins + beets + black garbanzos



Flagolet shelling beans + dry farmed tomatoes + brussell sprouts

Nettle + mushroom risotto

Roasted and stuffed honeynut squash + kale pesto

Farmstand cover crop salad



Blue Bottle Coffee

Stewed quince + ricotta + shortbread +            pomello drizzle


A room with these many farmers and the skills of chef Matt Millea is sure to be a night to remember. Thank you for being a part of the revolution, one plate at a time!

happy girl kitchen co. is proud to offer the very best in artisan preserves, workshops and events in the bay area. we work closely with area farmers, as all products are all made with organic farm fresh produce.
contact sales@happygirl kitchen.com for more information, shipping inquiries or to send love notes.