Everything South City Eats and Cooks with Chef Ava Marie: Author Talk, Granola, Poke and MORE!

South San Francisco, CA   March 15, 2021 by Chef Ava Marie

South San Francisco Celebrity Chef Ava Marie fulfilling a lifetime dream to be on the set with Celeb Chef Guy Fieri

PREFACE: We are excited to announce that South San Francisco Chef Ava Marie has joined our Everything South City team and will be sharing a weekly column here! Chef Ava Marie brings a wealth of experience with her, and her weekly column will be showcased in our new special Tuesday Foodie Digest – all about local flavor, specials, and everything foodie! Be sure to sign up for our digests – CLICK HERE! (for back issues of our weekly digest CLICK HERE)

Everything South City Eats and Cooks with Chef Ava Marie

Attention bay area cooks, chefs, and food bloggers it’s time to enter the world food championships Taste of America recipe contest!!


Everything South City Eats and Cooks invites residents of South City to join my friends at South San Francisco Public Library virtually for an upcoming author talk: Spicebox Kitchen with Dr. Linda Shiue blogger and author of https://spiceboxtravels.com/


She also founded thrive kitchen pop-up cooking school at both San Francisco and Daly City locations and before covid, I attended her Daly City location with her star chef on her thrive culinary team chef Scott Sasch a well-known culinary instructor in Berkeley and was a restaurant chef at the time. She is the author of Spice Box Kitchen and actually entered into the Instagram raffle and I was chosen as a winner of the raffle and it was a rewarding experience.


Mark your calendars for Saturday April 17 th at 1pm – 2pm via zoom and I tested 2 of her spiced approve recipes even Dr Oz would also approve too!




Please note that from last week’s article issue 1 I wanted to remind all local restaurants and home cooks to start practicing deadline is March 31 st and don’t delay want to see South City pride in our food. https://worldfoodchampionships.com/news/1104/largest-food-sport-event-launches-nationwide-recipe-contest


I invite the following restaurants to participate in the taste of America I will mention those names
https://www.amourasf.com/ amoura middle eastern on grand avenue
https://www.antiguacoffeeco.com/ Antigua coffee shop and breakfast
https://hulahoopssf.com/ hula hoops tiki bar and grill
https://dominicsop.com/ Dominic’s at oyster point chefs
And will promise to visit those places and Revisit those places once I get my vaccines in


The book is sold on Amazon and your local library has it as here are the two recipes from the Spicebox Kitchen and much more


Spiced Granola adapted from Spicebox Kitchen

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw pepitas
1 cup cranberries dried
¾ cup Maple syrup
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 Tbl ground ginger

½ cup black sesame seeds (Amazon has it)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees line roasting pan with parchment paper
In a bowl stir together oats, peppers, cranberries, Maple syrup, olive oil, salt ,cinnamon and ginger until
well combined then transfer to a pan in a thin Even layer
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes stirring every 10 minutes and rotate pans halfway remove from pan when
oats are golden brown
While granola is still hot stir in black sesame seeds adjust salt to taste.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a airtight container for up to 1 month


Hawaiian style tomato poke

6 Roma tomatoes seeded and cut into ¼ inch dice
Pinch of salt
2 tbl toasted sesame oil
2 scallions thinly sliced
Garnish furitake
Place dice tomatoes in a bowl
Sprinkle with salt drizzle with sesame oil and toss to coat . Adjust sesame oil to taste stir in scallions

transfer to a serving bowl or plate
Sprinkle with desired amount of furitake seasoning this should be Sprinkled on top as a garnish eat on its
own or serve with steamed rice





Chef Ava

Ava Marie is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco and lives in Winston Manor with her family. Born with autism, Ava Marie has never let that, or anything else, get in the way of her goals. Her passion for cooking and teaching is contagious and she’ll have you cooking and baking up a storm in your own kitchen like a pro in no time! Chef Ava Marie has won several awards, authored cookbooks and offers live cooking demonstrations on her Facebook page. To read Everything South City articles on Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE. To read her blog, full of great recipes, CLICK HERE. And follow her on Facebook CLICK HERE. If you have suggestions for recipes or have questions, please email Chef Ava Marie CLICK HERE.

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