3 Easy California Recipes to Cook in Your Santa Barbara

3 Easy California Recipes to Cook in Your Santa Barbara Vacation Rental

One of the best advantages of staying in one of our vacation homes is that you'll have a decked-out kitchen ready to go for whatever you want to cook up. Here are a few California recipes to break in your vacation kitchen with:

Simple Baked Chicken

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour


• 10 chicken thighs
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsp garlic powder
• 2 tsp chili powder
• 2 tsp dried basil
• 2 tsp ground black pepper
• 1 tsp salt

Steps to Prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Toss chicken together in a bowl with the olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, dried basil, ground black pepper, and salt.

3. Spread the chicken out in a baking dish and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. You'll know it's done when the outside begins to crisp and turn a lovely golden color.

Albacore Tuna Ceviche

Prep time: 10 minutes

Marinate time: 1-4 hours


• ½ cup red onion (diced)
• 1 tsp salt
• ¾ lb. sushi-grade albacore tuna (diced)
• 2 jalapenos (de-ribbed and diced)
• 2 limes (juiced)
• ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
• salt & pepper

Steps to Prepare:

1. In a mixing bowl combine the onion and salt; let this sit while you do your preparing and dicing of the albacore tuna and the jalapenos. Then add the tuna and jalapenos in, along with the lime juice. Toss the mixture to ensure that the lime juice coats everything evenly. Add more lime juice if necessary, because it's the most important ingredient.

2. Marinate the mixture in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours.

3. Add the cilantro, plus some salt and pepper (to taste) before serving.

4. Eat the ceviche with locally bought tortilla chips or spread out on tostada shells.

California Surfer Cocktail

Prep time: 5 minutes


• 6 oz Jagermeister liqueur
• 6 oz coconut-flavored rum
• 2 ½ cups pineapple juice
• ice cubes

Steps to Prepare:

1. This is the best cocktail to enjoy in the kitchen of your seaside vacation home on the loveliest section of the California coast, especially if you have a beachfront property with a view of the water. Fill a pitcher with ice and pout the other ingredients in, stir, and serve.

2. Add a slice of orange for garnish.

Find Your Vacation Rental and California Recipes Today!

When you're looking for your ingredients and groceries, try Isabella's Gourmet Foods for top-shelf ingredients, and check out Santa Barbara Farmer's Market for fresh local finds. Your rental home awaits, so just call us today at 1-805-275-1851 to get started!