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2014 Home Connoisseur

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Wouldn’t it be great if as soon as the ink was dry on your mortgage paperwork, you were given a copy of Everything You Need to Know to Own a House? There’d be information on flooring, roofing, decorating, and, of course, repairing. Now, wouldn’t it be great if this book actually existed?

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Asian Made Easy

Written by Yana Todorova

Here in California, we have a lot of authentic Asian restaurants and people love to order Japanese or Chinese take-out. The problem, sometimes, is that take-out meals can have lots of extra hidden calories (or ingredients!) in them...

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Real Estate Dictionary

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

There's a lot more to buying a house than just picking out something you like and handing over a check (though wouldn't that be great?). The process can be scary, stressful, convoluted, and even downright confusing, especially if the lingo being thrown around sounds completely foreign...

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Can You Handle It?

Written by Ghina Itani

Remodeling is fun, but...Can you handle it? Standing in a room and visualizing its potential is a fun thing to do and transforming a space to that new vision is a very rewarding and uplifting experience...

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Garden Smarties

Written by Lynn Pitts

Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes sees what is obvious. A recent houseguest of mine said, “Did you know that you have a lot of over-the-door shoe organizers? I never knew you had so many shoes.” By way of justification, I replied, “It’s a collection, like stamps...”

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Tastes of Summer

Written by Yana Todorova

It’s summertime, which means that it’s time to invite our family and friends to a backyard barbecue and enjoy the pleasant surprises of this season. With such a great selection of meat cuts to choose from locally, you can always find something that is both delicious and healthy to grill up...

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Protecting Your Palace

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

We don’t want to alarm you, but your house…it’s just waiting to turn on you...

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Primetime Gardening

Written by Lynn Pitts

Easter time in Bakersfield is still cool enough to say it’s spring, but warm enough to plant summer vegetables from seeds and transplants. It’s a good time to get out there, Carpe Diem and smell the terra firma.

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Season’s Best

Written by Yana Todorova

The spring fruit season in California’s Central Valley begins with strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and plums. Later, at the heart of the season, come the stone fruits...

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Local Heirloom Favorites - Apple & Pear Cobbler

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Brigit Ayers, our beloved gourmet guru at the magazine, is back to inspire us not only to venture out into new realms in the kitchen, but also to honor family traditions while doing so...

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