good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: August 2012

Out and About: Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra

Out and About: Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra

This week I have something different to share with you- there’s this super talented piano player, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer. Ms. Palmer also has her Motel Swing band that played live this week in downtown San Diego. I’ve been wanting to hear […]

Mojo Verde

Mojo Verde

If you have to cook at home on these hot summer days, grilling is the way to go. No oppressive kitchen to deal with and no messy stove to clean afterward. Sounds good, right? Make it better with prepared sauces such as this salsa verde. […]

Easy Make Ahead Pancake Mix

Easy Make Ahead Pancake Mix

The best mornings are the ones when you don’t have to get up early for any reason. No alarm clock, no multiple snooze cycles, and no noisy and disruptive neighbors. Life can be good. This easy pancake mix makes pulling breakfast together a cinch. All you have to do is combine everything except the wet ingredients, freeze, and just add eggs and buttermilk to make the batter. Simple.

This recipe makes about 3 batches with 8 pancakes each. So, if you only have a few people to feed, that means you can freeze the mix and just pull out what you need. Since I usually only have to make breakfast for 2, I get 3 weekends’ worth out of one batch. Not bad at all.

Today, I made blackberry pancakes and added the berries after the batter was ladled into the pan. This way, each individual pancake has its own berries and they don’t end up at the bottom of the batter bowl. Garnishing with extra berries adds texture and of course, looks pretty.

If blackberries aren’t your thing, you could always go plain and add some fresh blueberries on top. Either way, this is the pancake mix that will simplify your mornings and get breakfast on the table in less than half the time. Do you have any quick breakfast tips?

Peaches!

Peaches!

Our Mid Pride peach tree produces some of the best peaches- juicy and sweet. This summer, they were larger and slightly more abundant than the last. Since they were so delicious on their own, we didn’t even bother to cook them into a pie or […]

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Small Bar}

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Small Bar}

Sometimes you want to venture out of your hood and try something new. Sometimes you get curious and decide to check out the sister bar of one of your favorite watering holes. Sometimes you need a drink because it’s Friday. How about all of the […]

Strawberry Mango Quick Jam

Strawberry Mango Quick Jam

I have a strawberry plant that has grown to overtake half of the vegetable box and was slowly inching its way further and further out. The strawberries were small and not enough in volume to make anything. It was either we eat them one by one as they ripened, or loose them to bugs and the chickens. Neither situation was ideal, so we decided to freeze them. When the plant stopped producing, I still didn’t have enough for a batch of jam to make it worth the time, so I decided to combine them with a mango that was quickly ripening. That turned out to be a good choice and with the addition of vanilla beans at the end, I got 2 thumbs up from K, the taste tester.

The best thing about this recipe from here is that you can make any quantity, large or small and it takes no time at all.  A great way to use up any fruit hanging around from summer’s bounty.

There is no exact recipe, but if you click on the link above (where it says “here”), you can read the original article. Here are the rough guidelines:

Cut and weigh the fruit. Add an equal weight of sugar.

Strawberries, mango, and sugar go into the pan. Bring to a boil. Turn heat off, cover and let macerate on the counter overnight (it was really hot here, so I refrigerated the entire pan).

The next day, cook small batches (approx 2 cups each time) over medium heat until it sets, 5-10 minutes. The preserves will be looser because this recipe does not add pectin- you are relying on the natural pectin in the fruit. Look for a slow drip from the spoon, a thicker stream as opposed to quick droplets. It took me a couple of batches to get the consistency right- the first time I overcooked the batch and after chilling, I had something resembling a caramel consistency. Fail.

Once the preserves are chilled down in the refrigerator, the next day it will most likely set up nicely.

Marinated Ciliegine

Marinated Ciliegine

So it’s been hot, humid, and sweaty and this is no time to turn on the oven or even the stove. I can’t even think of that nonsense now. In the meantime, I’m all about quick and easy alternatives like these marinated ciliegine (mini fresh […]

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Noble Experiment}

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Noble Experiment}

So here we are at the end of yet another week. I’ll say this, the only thing that gets me through the hum-drum of it all is the promise of relaxing at a quietly stylish place such as Noble Experiment. You will not find douche […]

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Craft & Commerce}

Adventures in Drinking: San Diego, CA {Craft & Commerce}

Welcome to my new addition to the blog… Adventures in Drinking. Since I never pass up a good drink or an opportunity to check out a new- to- me establishment, why not share it with you? In these posts, you will find a selection of bars both local and abroad depending on where I am and what I find. So…  let’s get started. This here is Craft & Commerce in San Diego. It gets good and crowded on Fridays so you might want to skip out on work early and secure your spot at the bar or get a table if you’re dining in. Otherwise, you’re standing and jostling the crowd to get to the bartender.

I’m big on bar food and snack-y things to keep me occupied while I enjoy my drink. Truth be told, by the time we get to the bar, I’m starving and more than ready for some deep fried treats. These fried pickles with blue cheese did not disappoint. It’s the second time we ordered them and I can see more in my future. They are thick cut and hearty, none of the skinny, floppy ones here. Next to them pictured on the right are the cracker jacks with bacon. Hungry yet?

Our drinks were a negroni and the dutch flower, a gin based drink. Both were very good so we went for a second round. Cheers and Happy Friday!

Craft & Commerce

675 W. Beech St.

San Diego, CA 92101

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