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Month: July 2014

Peach Galette

Peach Galette

I’m insane. I turned on the oven and stove on a hot and humid day. What was I thinking? I’m not going to lie, it was miserable for an hour or so but I dare say it was worth it. We’re overflowing with ripe peaches […]

52 Weeks: 30/52

52 Weeks: 30/52

This last week has been crazy crowded in town with everything from  clogged freeways and streets to long lines at some restaurants and general hassle getting around. Add heat and humidity to that equation and it’s easy to see where this bus is going.  Here’s […]

Peach Prosecco Floats

Peach Prosecco Floats

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When life gives you peaches… you make prosecco floats! That’s precisely how I cooled myself down and made use of some of this peach basil sorbet. Prosecco is just a touch sweet and the effervescence brightens the peach flavor making this float worthy of a toast… to the weekend or anything currently making you happy. It’s the small things in life that count, right? Hopefully I’ll be spending part of the weekend sitting on the porch and sipping this float. Hope you have a good one too. Cheers!

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Peach Prosecco Float:

This is hardly a recipe and doesn’t really need directions, but here it is:

Peach Basil Sorbet, recipe here

Bottle of chilled prosecco

Basil leaves for garnish

Place 1 scoop of sorbet into each coupe glass. Top generously with prosecco and garnish with a basil leaf. Think of a clever toast and drink to that. Happy Friday!

Peach Basil Sorbet

Peach Basil Sorbet

My wish came true this summer. It was a simple wish for lots of fruit from our trees and vines, enough to be able to make something, anything. I’ve been patient and it paid off because we had so many peaches on hand, I was […]

52 Weeks: 29/52

52 Weeks: 29/52

Each Sunday I can’t believe how quickly the weekend sped by. Really, where does the time go? I love the variety of summer fruits, especially our peaches! This year our tree was super generous and is producing the largest amount of fruit since we’ve had […]

Micheladas

Micheladas

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Micheladas are one of those drinks that have so many variations and add-ins,  the combinations can get very creative. Often, you will see them made with Clamato or other spices and salsas. I prefer mine simple, in the style of my favorite restaurant in Porto Nuevo. By definition, the term miche-miche means half and half and chelada is a cold beer. Hence, the michelada. It’s like a beer lemonade, 1/2 lemon juice and 1/2 beer. In my opinion, it’s the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

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Michelada:

yield: 1 serving

1 bottle Mexican lager beer such as Bohemia

2- 3 lemons, juiced

spiced salt mix for the rim

Spiced Salt Mix:

2 T sea salt

zest of 1 lemon

2 tsp chile powder

1 tsp paprika

pinch cayenne pepper

Combine all and place on a flat dish.

Season the rim of your glass with the spiced salt mix by running a piece of lemon slice around the rim and then invert onto the spiced salt.

Squeeze the lemons into the glass and top with beer. The lemon juice should make up almost 1/2 of the liquid. If your lemons are small, add more. Continue to top off with remaining beer as you sip.

Cheers!

Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat Monastery

Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat Monastery

Santa Maria de Montserrat Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery located high atop the jaggedy mountains of Catalunya. It is about an hour and a half journey from Barcelona (Espanya station on R5) to the monastery built into the mountain. The views are sweeping and spectacular […]

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Lately, it’s been popsicle and ice cream weather. Iced tea, cold beer, white wine, and grilling season. Sometimes, you may want something different. I got out of my usual routine and made a batch of fragrant rice pudding and substituted jasmine rice. A versatile treat, […]

52 Weeks: 28/52

52 Weeks: 28/52

I skipped a week but now I’m back! This week I’m sharing snaps from the LA trip:

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Passing by the first In-N-Out in Baldwin Park en route to a midnight snack.

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It takes forever to get anywhere no matter the time of day but this day wasn’t too bad. We’re not stopped bumper to bumper…yet.

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View of downtown from the Getty Center.

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We went for the James Ensor exhibit and were blown away! It was fantastic, eye- opening.

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The grounds at the Getty Center are beautifully landscaped.

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Love the patio lights at night.

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Indulging in macarons for K’s b-day. The salted caramel ones were a hit. Rose flavor, not so much with this crowd.

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Pretty much any night after going out in LA ends with a trip to King Taco.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Colònia Güell, Gaudí and an Abandoned Castle

Colònia Güell, Gaudí and an Abandoned Castle

Colònia Güell Santa Coloma de Cervelló Approximately 45 minutes outside of Barcelona amongst the pine woods is the tranquil village of Colónia Güell.  Eusebio Güell, a local businessman, set up the town and opened up a textile mill complete with village housing for workers, sponsored cultural activities, built a […]

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