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Tag: Summer

Watermelon and Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Watermelon and Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

What would you rather have- dry heat or humidity? How about neither. Since that’s not been an option these days, we’ve had to get creative and find interesting ways to cool down. This refreshing watermelon and prickly pear agua fresca was definitely the way to […]

Fire Roasted Salsa

Fire Roasted Salsa

It’s still grill season as far as I’m concerned. I love a good fresh salsa and some chips with my drink in the late afternoons. It’s been a while since we made our own salsas since it’s far too easy to buy decent ones at […]

Out and About: Awesome Fest 2012

Out and About: Awesome Fest 2012

Happy Labor Day everyone! As always, it’s got to be a great day when you’re not laboring away. Here in our neck of the woods it was another year, another sweaty Awesome Fest and a bunch of cool bands. See for yourself…

The Criminals

The Slow Death

This Bike is a Pipe Bomb

Worthwhile Way

Festers and fest style…

what’s up alabama and new mexico!

sun’s out, guns out

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. […]

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 […]

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.

Summer Highlights

Summer Highlights

Somebody please tell me where all the hours in the day go… There’s usually ample time to do the ho-hum daily scheduled musts. There are  NEVER enough hours in the day to squeeze in more exciting and stimulating activities like bike rides, reading, gardening, cooking/baking, […]

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

This summer has been hot and sticky. I don’t know about you, but my kitchen turns into an inferno on these kinds of days. It’s already hot in the morning and come afternoon/evening, I can’t imagine turning on the stove or oven!I break into a […]

A Night and Day in LA

A Night and Day in LA

Rivera Restaurant

We spent a weekend in LA eating, drinking, and listening to music at the Hollywood Bowl. We always try to hit up a different restaurant and bar each time. Lucky for us, things are ever changing in LA so there’s lots to choose from. This time around, we dined at Rivera Restaurant in downtown. It did not disappoint. My favorites were the  appetizers of tamale and the arepa with soft shell crab.  I would return for these two dishes but I would want a double order! We also had duck and sauteed fish which were ok, but not as exciting as the appetizers. For dessert we satisfies the sweet tooth with a trio of flan and the chocolate cake with ancho chile and avocado lime sauce (very refreshing and unique). I enjoyed it so much I hope to try making a similar sauce here at home. I also liked how they powdered the plates with amusing captions.

Edison Bar

After dinner it was time to check out Edison. I’ve been wanting to come here for quite a while and we finally made it! I must say, I was impressed. What a gorgeous place. Although the drinks were nothing to get excited about, the decor more than made up for it. Truth be told, we thought cocktails at Villains Tavern were a lot better. But Edison couldn’t be beat for ambiance.

LACMA

The next day we headed to LACMA to see the Tim Burton exhibit which completely exceeded my expectations. There was so much on display and it was a lot to take in on one visit. I wish I could have returned on a less crowded day or perhaps on an evening. Nevertheless, I was impressed and left feeling excited and inspired. Life would be so much more interesting if we could all have an imagination like that!

 

Cielito Lindo

Before heading home, we stopped at Olvera Street for some taquitos. We used to go to a stand there for enchiladas that I would always crave. This time, we had to try something different. I can’t believe I never had the taquitos at Cielito Lindo!!! Delicious.  I thoroughly enjoyed breakfast/lunch and can’t wait to go back. This is making me hungry…

 

Grilled Pizza with San Marzano Tomatoes

Grilled Pizza with San Marzano Tomatoes

In addition to the sweet momotaro’s growing in the garden, we also have some San Marzano’s. I have 3 reasons to be excited about this: 1) After the ladies (chickens) ate the previous ones, we finally have some to try for ourselves, 2) They are […]

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