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Both of these recipes make the most of fruit and vegetables in late summer or early autumn, when ingredients are at the height of their season. They are great dishes to source at a local farmers market.  Barndiva’s Heirloom Tomato & Compressed Watermelon SaladServes 41 medium watermelon1 tsp.

The beauty of outdoor entertaining is that there's always a spot for an extra guest, whether it's made by scooting down the picnic table bench or simply plopping onto the ground.

  In between Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Open Studios and the rest of this weekend's madness in San Francisco, Ocean Beach will be invaded by gargantuan monsters and whimsical castles as part of Leap's annual fundraising sandcastle building contest. This year's theme is "Sand Francisco," so get down to the seashore and watch the magic happen.

Now is about the time in the work week where your energy shifts toward vacation dreaming.

What events not to miss this weekend, from sales to exhibitions to open houses.

It’s harvest season in Wine Country and the new releases include home furnishings handcrafted within a 70-mile radius. Check out some of our favorites: 1. Based in Sonoma County, Sklo (Czech for “glass”) makes an array of colorful and elegant blown-glass pieces including Hold, an 18-inch decorative vessel meant to hang from a wall; $460, sklostudio.com. 2. Napa’s Barbara Stafford uses traditional weaving techniques to turn sheeps’ wool into the Moroccan Mood rug; $125 per square foot, barbarastafford.net.

It's Friday–have you checked out yet? Why not ease into the end of the workweek by treating yourself to some design blog browsing before the whistle blows. Here are a few of our favorite spots from around the web this week to keep you occupied before the clock strikes quittin' time.

  In this day of 60-second You Tube Videos, 100-word blog posts (no such luck with this one, sorry) and two-minute meals, I’ve come to appreciate things that take an inordinately long time: Marathons, Passover Seder, Ken Burns’ documentaries—all those hours spent thinking about one thing can lead to an experience akin to, well, having an experience, if you know what I mean.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, the star of Iron Chef, steps onto a new stage with Morimoto Napa, his first West Coast restaurant. His dishes, such as sea urchin carbonara with udon noodles, English peas, bacon and quail egg, will not disappoint fans. Meanwhile, the design by Thomas Schoos plays up the innovative menu with traditional furnishings in bright, bold fabrics and organic installations of burled wood.

Since taking over Hanna Winery 15 years ago, Christine Hanna has made an art of throwing dinner parties. Here she shares her favorite autumn menu.

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