Posts made in July, 2015

Press On

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in New | 3 comments

Remnants of Hurricane Delores delivered hot, humid, sticky weather and then, heavy pouring rain to Maddy’s birthday dinner party. Mindlessly, I laid out a Provencal table with

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Teddy Bear Sunflowers.

Bistro-Style Lemon Chickens turned contently on our outdoor rotisserie when we left for church.  But then, the torrents of warm rain descended like surprise dinner guests saturating the tablecloth hem and a few vulnerable chairs.

While we waited for Luke’s lifeguard shift to end at the beach, we drank icy Rose, Ginger Mintade Fizz and ate

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Mini Caprese Kabobs with 10-year-old Balsamic Vinegar (a gift from Cole).

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When dinnertime (and Luke) arrived we agreed to press on—turning under sodden tablecloth edges and covering certain dripping chairs with pink bathroom towels.

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We prayed with arms stretched toward heaven and filled up on Maddy’s menu wishes under a leaking bucket of sweet summer rain.

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 Creamy Cesar Salad

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Poppy’s Lemon Chicken

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Three Cheese Penne Mac

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Sweet Summer Watermelon

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Grilled Porterhouse Farmers’ Market Corn

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Shishito Peppers

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Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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We laughed. We loved.  We took shelter.

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We  Jules stood in the rain.

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We missed Captain Ty.

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Happy Birthday, Maddy!

 

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Pho and Poldark

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Asian and Vegetarian, Soup | 0 comments

Authentic Pho isn’t a quick meal. Roasting bones; then simmering and skimming can take hours. That is why Pho is wildly popular in Vietnamese restaurants when hot gingered aromatic broth and slippery noodles call out-- speedy comfort.

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Because our first garden wave harvest reaped copious veggies, I have been brewing up a home version using boxed stock and pantry Vermicelli (rice) noodles. Each time it gets a little tastier.

 

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Overcooked vegetables are nasty.  I blanch each according to proper crunch,

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added to a savory broth near the end.

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Saute onion, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil.  I have used crushed red pepper too.

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A sweet and spicy Shishito landed in this one.

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I’ll use more stock next time; six cups. Asian fish sauce, Tamari, and fresh lime juice flavor the broth.  You need more than expected, so taste it.

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Drop in the noodles and raw zucchini to cook 3-5 minutes.  Add blanched carrots and green beans now.  Proteins like tofu, shredded chicken, or meats are stirred in to heat through before serving.

 

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I slipped in fresh Mexican shrimp.  Traditionally, basil, mint, cilantro, bean sprouts, and fresh lime wedges are served on the side.  Then, go figure, I dose in Korean Gochujang.

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Slurp and binge on Poldark.

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Miracle Catcher

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in New | 2 comments

Lindsey is home!

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Speak Hope

Speak Love

--Bill Barrett

Speak Life

"Know miracles, but know the God of miracles."

--Christine Caine

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Picnic Portable Cookies

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Cookies | 0 comments

The girls of Heritage House and their children are going on a special field trip-- Jazz All Star music at Fairview Park tomorrow night.  Costa Mesa hosts Concerts in the Park on Tuesday evenings in July.  So, rather than show up with groceries and another too hot kitchen demo,  I take a picnic dinner for them to tote along.  This year, soft Hawaiian Roll sliders will accompany cool and spicy cole slaw, and cold jazzed-up watermelon seems fitting.  I couldn’t get my head around a portable dessert that wouldn’t require additional paper, utensils or wet cleanup.

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Although Ina’s Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies would normally be found on an autumn menu, they called to me.

It is said, one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; I add, judge a cookie by its raw dough.  You know who you are!

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The drill is the same; wet ingredients always at room temperature.

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 Add eggs one at a time.

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Dry ingredients are added in just to combine.  No need to get overzealous with the mixer.

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Fold in the beauty nuggets.

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For convenience, I used dark chocolate morsels rather than hacking up a bittersweet bar on this occasion.

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Ina’s cookies were a little bit larger than mine because I wanted cookies for smaller kidlet hands.

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Salty goodness tops crispy oatmeal and dark chocolate

with a tart interloper-winner, winner.

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Camp coco

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in New | 0 comments

A play date with The Divine Ms. Iz meant a seamless no-fail project delivered by her craft challenged host. That would be me. Covering textbooks with crumpled brown grocery bags in high school sums up my hands-on-training.

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Daphne Oz made Sidewalk Chalk with three ingredients, (a real crafter would say, supplies) on ABC’s, The Chew.  Therefore, I watched the video four times and began saving toilet paper tubes.

Dap Plaster of Paris Box Molding Material, 4.4-Pound, White

Plaster of Paris must be a Home Depot product -- or is it available on Amazon Prime?  France, after all, is not on my lists of stops.

However, Washable Tempera choices were a dilemma when a savvy and practical, legitimately vested 90-year-old woman worker using a Michael’s cart as a mobility device thoughtfully hesitated by my side. She leaned up at me and said,

“Why don’t you just buy sidewalk chalk?”

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In admiration of straightforward spunk, I agreed and picked up a six-pack.

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In her usual demure way which disguises corked quick wit,

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Iz set out supplies, including duct tape, waxed paper, stirrers, etc.

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Use more tape.

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Honestly, it works after you get the entire consistency deal sorted out.

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We lost one, but then, Izzy got it right and willingly came to my aid;

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stirring and encouraging me like a mama.

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“Have you ever found that stuff on TV isn’t as simple as it seems?” I asked as I repaired leaking toilet paper tubes.

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“Yes, fashion,” she said.

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