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In Living Color: On Family and Fresh Food in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

A California mother, gardener and blogger uses her passion for fresh food to connect with her heritage—and her far-flung daughter, nieces and nephew.

Elena Burgeno-Berman sees her family's food heritage as a way to connect her daughter with her family's history.
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Elena and Domenica share a snack and the beautiful southern California weather at a picnic table in the backyard.
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Elena says fresh figs are among her favorite garden delights.
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Elena painted the living room a sunny yellow to make it feel warm and inviting.
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Elena and her husband remodeled their home to bring in lots of natural light.
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A set of double doors connects the patio space to the living room, enabling indoor/outdoor living.
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California's Mediterranean climate makes it perfect for growing fruits such as pomegranates and figs.
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Along with food crops and flowers, Elena grows beautiful, native and drought-tolerant succulents.
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Several outdoor seating areas invite spending time outdoors.
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Her grandmother's flower gardens were a big influence on Elena, and she grows a multitude of flowers around her home.
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