It’s one of my all-time favorites. If I’m having a down day, or if it’s raining outside, then I’ll close the garage door over our enclosed patio, turn on the television and spend the next 90 minutes with Lebowski. It’s a slam dunk that I will feel warm and content by the end, because let’s be honest: it’s impossible to feel cheated by the world when you see how happy The Dude is just being himself.
The Dude embodies the California lifestyle (well, one subculture) so well, it’s … Read More
Cooking has always been a favorite past time of mine, since early childhood.
There’s something special about making your own treats, giving friends and neighbors a plate of homemade cookies, and providing for your family.
As a Californian mom, I love baking with my daughter and teaching her all the cooking skills I can. On a good day, we have a great time and have success with our recipes. And, on a bad day, we usually still have fun – or at least eat something nice!
Some of our favorite recipes involve tropical foods and spices, so we’ve recently started … Read More
Here’s a fruity frozen drink that’s elegant, fizzy and easy to make. To come up with this recipe, I used a frozen Raspberry Margarita margarita recipe I found online and substituted Champagne for tequila and added some pureed apples to boot. It’s really good!
1 cup raspberry margarita mix – or – 6 oz frozen raspberries if you don’t want the lime
1/2 cup finely-diced green apples, skinned
1.5 oz. Triple Sec (adds an orange zest and a little more alcohol)
It is no secret that I love Asian cuisine and tropical-flavored cooking.
So you might think Ponzu would be a household name in my home.
However, it was not my fetish for exotic recipes and ingredients that introduced me to this delicacy. My first Ponzu date happened by accident, when I was shopping for Japanese soy sauce in a food mart in California. It was not until I got back home that I realized what was in my shopping cart was not soy sauce but ponzu sauce. WTF is that, I asked?
Chock-full of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron and anti-oxidants, asparagus is an awesome veggie that you can use in many tasty recipes.
You can only find fresh asparagus in the spring. In the past, it has been used as a medicine due to its diuretic properties and special aroma. Believe it or not, the asparagus has been a favorite among people since 3000 BC, first mentioned as an Egyptian staple.
Asperge is made of 93% water and it’s very low on calories as well as sodium. It is a great source for magnesium, calcium, zinc or vitamin B6 and … Read More
My family loves visiting Disney Land whenever we’re in Southern California.
We’ve been going there since before I was born. Because my parents have always enjoyed the park as much as we kids did, I guess I never thought of Disney Land as a “place for kids”. To me, it was always a place for family – including the adults!
The only requirement to enjoy Disney as an adult is that you be “young at heart”, if not in body. If you do this, you will enjoy Disney as much as we do – I promise. There is plenty for … Read More
Looking out the window I could see the warm blue water sparkling in the tropical sun. My husband and two kids and myself are here to visit relatives. It is our Christmas holiday and the excitement of the moment wraps around me. It is going to be two fun filled weeks of family and friends. My kids hardly ever get to go to Hawaii, so they are excited about it.
Kauai is one of the main Hawaiian islands in the chain. Located in the Pacific ocean, Kauai is known as the garden … Read More