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Sharon Stockwell
Montecito, California
Graphic artist and Author "From Jefferson's Table", "The Hill Barons' Kitchen" and foodie blogs "Jefferson's Table" & "Foodie Tramp"
Interests: The world!
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Chapter 15: The morning after the great Biltmore extravaganza found everyone in their typical place at Diehl’s. The newspapers were filled with photos and stories including one headline that read, “Medallion d’Oro Inquiry Ordered” with a sub-heading, “Winner May Be Disqualified”. Paco clipped some pictures showing himself with a jubilant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter 14: Chef Printise and his team stayed for publicity shots after winning a place among the twelve contenders with a coveted chance to win the Medallion d’Oro. After making arrangements for meeting that night at Val Verde to practice for the first platter competition, Paco rode the Indian fast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter 13: Paco was groggy when his little maid who he discovered was called Nella brought in a tray with steaming coffee, thick cream, a bowl of melon and raspberries along with a plate of honey drenched frittellas. She made him understand after several tries that he must bathe and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter 12: The dining experience in the great mansion at Mio Cuore began to unfold with a delicate little puff pastry turban filled with asparagus tips, served in a scant pool of tart lemon sauce. The wine was a perfectly crisp Orvietto and only served to assure the guests they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Eleven: The giant Chinese junk, decks swaying from a challenging voyage against the current from Santa Barbara to it’s destination in San Francisco Harbor, accommodated the captives in quarters on a lower deck, guarded twenty-four hours a day. The Tong had created tiny wooden cubicles to imprison those who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Ten: Exhausted by emotion Paco stood and charged out heading down to the estate’s rambling gardens with Ranger innocently excited to be on an evening walk. He came across Oneida, the Japanese head gardener, who possessed some secret power to convert everything in his sight, apparently transforming all to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Nine: Arriving at the appointed time Paco found his way to the entrance of Ludington’s estate, Val Verde, with its spectacular landscape now expanded. Manicured hedges artfully formed the passages and gardens that were now in the process of displaying his exceptional collection of Greek and Roman sculpture. Normally... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Eight: When Charlie Chapin moved with a big collection of friends to Montecito some distant bell rang out signaling a kind of carnal shift in the firmament. Consequently, the dialog of the day was an unending speculation on who was listening to the ring and what they where doing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Seven: Tonight, lolling three miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, was the fabulous gambling ship Portafortuna. The impressive vessel was originally a British war ship and after World War I it was retired, auctioned off, then acquired by the White star line and refitted as a first class... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter One: He stood looking up at the immense midnight blue hull of the Aquitania, staggered by its presence that appeared mammoth beyond imagination. Paco, now twenty-one, with mouth gaping, ran his fingers through deep auburn curls and devoured the scene with greedy artist eyes. “My God”, he whispered to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The Hills are Talking
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Prologue: Pacomino Oakley was always called Paco. Born in 1908 into a family of noted stonemasons and artisans imported from Italy for their remarkable skills, as a young boy he grew up watching the creation of multi-million dollar estates, sitting like castles on the verdant soft summits in Montecito, near... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at The Hills are Talking
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In Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, this sanctum for the well healed is an expensive habit and so completely worth it! Bringing a casual refinement, and a confident air upon entering the door, there is an unmistakable magnetism about the place. Mille Fleur has earned so many accolades, including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at FoodieTramp
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See some of our Heritage Recipes... Each generation is portrayed through a creative culinary event with superb menus and complete recipes. There is the quintessential dining experience at Monticello, an afternoon tea from Virginia's New Kent, an after the theatre supper, the ultimate country Christmas Dinner, the lavish Luau, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at From Jefferson's Table
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Books ~ Invitations ~ Event posters ~ Business cards & stationary Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Stockwell Studio
Sherry Stockwell has over 20 years experience in the advertising, graphic design and marketing industry. Logos, business cards, brochures, brand identity, packaging, direct mail, posters, ads, catalogs, and books all for print media or digital services for the internet. Skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXpress, CS3, PowerPoint, Acrobat, plus all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Stockwell Studio
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Created especially for Historic sites, Inns and Museum Gift Shops Suggested Retail: $19.95 Fine Quality Perfect Bound 8X10 Paperback ~ 118 pages Filled with full color illustrated recipes "From Jefferson's Table" is a collection of stories and recipes from eight fascinating generations descended directly from Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. The... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at From Jefferson's Table
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"From Jefferson's Table" is a collection of stories and recipes from eight fascinating generations descended directly from Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. The book covers American style cooking through the first 250 years of our country's remarkable evolution. A rare compilation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Jefferson's Table
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Welcome to Jefferson's Table a storehouse of all the recipes that have descended through eight generations directly from Monticello in Virginia. Recently we have posted recipes from several Grandmas who star in our cookbook, "From Jefferson's Table". We are serving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Jefferson's Table
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Here is a recipe that can impress guests on a party buffet or delight the family on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Jefferson's Table
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This recipe is so common throughout the world that it could be considered boring? It is really just a reminder that our ancestors had an extremely healthy way of getting an array of vitamins & minerals in a very tasty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Jefferson's Table
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This soup is a staple on our weekly menu and coming originally from Madiera via Nana, a legendary home cook, it has been credited with many curative qualities. Above all it is always tasty and heartwarming. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Jefferson's Table
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Chapter Six: The Gypsy Camp Paco packed the truck like a robot still dazed by the truth of his Father’s life and the enormous complexity it brought to him. He needed time for this to penetrate. He had two more deliveries and then he fully intended to accept the Hoffman’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Five: A Woman gains freedom and a Father is revealed On a cold and rainy day, a rarity in Santa Barbara, Penelope Elise Lavigne, these days know as Miss Penny, a party planner of renown adored by the Hill Barons and beyond, was walking along State Street admiring her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen
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Chapter Four: A Forbidden Palace and The Montecito Club It was later that week that Victore came into the El Paseo bar as planned to meet Paco and after a quick drink followed him out to the back where their motorcycles where chained. Hopping on the bikes the two raced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at The Hill Barons' Kitchen