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Spicy Pickled Cucumber

8 Persian cucumbers, washed of residue, cut into 1/4-inch rounds 2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons finely ground chile powder (gochugaru) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame oil roasted and salted sesame seeds, for garnish 1 Place [...]


8 jalapeños 1/2 cup soy sauce 3 garlic cloves, sliced paper thin 3/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar (unseasoned will work in a pinch) 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon) 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite DIRECTIONS 1. Slice the jalapeños crosswise into thin rings about an 1/8-inch thick using a sharp knife or a handheld slicer. [...]

Lemon Parfait

Recipe adapted from WSJ Lemon Parfait recipe.  Used a different lemon curd recipe, a lighter and lower calorie version, and doubled it for the amount needed to make this Lemon Parfait recipe. Light Lemon Curd 1/3 cup strained, fresh lemon juice 2 tsp fresh lemon zest 5 tbsp sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1/2 [...]

Hibiscus Tea Lemonade

4 cups water 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers 1 cup lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons), fresh-squeezed water to taste Combine 4 cups of water and the sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring it to a boil. Remove the sugar water from the heat [...]

DIY Lego Table

A very random conversation came up with my friend K recently.  He asked me if I knew how to build a Lego Table.  I quickly offered my help and proceeded to load the Pinterest App on his iPhone to check out the pictures of DIY Lego Tables made from Ikea hacks I saw earlier.  I [...]

Chia Seed Pudding

From Food and Wine 2 1/2 cups almond milk 3 tablespoons agave nectar 1/2 cup chia seeds (3 ounces) 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional) or 4 drops of lemon extract In a 1-quart jar, combine the almond milk with the agave nectar. Close the jar and shake to combine. Add the chia seeds [...]

DIY Body Oil

1 tablespoon jojoba oil 1 tablespoon castor oil 1/4 cup sweet almond oil 1 capsule Vitamin E or 1 squirt of Vitamin E oil Combine everything in a clean jar and give it a shake. You can stop here or add you favorite oil blend, totaling about 40 drops of essential oils. Refreshing Oil Blend [...]

Mango Ice Cream

Based on David Lebovitz’s Peach Ice Cream in Perfect Scoop Ingredients 3 peeled and pitted mangoes, cut into chunks 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup heavy cream (half and half can be substituted) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1.) Make sure your ice cream maker’s drum is frozen. I just keep [...]

San Diego House Guest Diary – Day 3

Today is hug your cat day. No one has hugged Eggpuff yet so Eggpuff must go out to find his own amour to hug. Scratch the hug. How about a smooch? Let me show you, this is how kitties french smooch. Today is the first day Eggpuff is here without his cat father and the [...]