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Homemade Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal

2 cups quick-cooking oats, pulsed slightly in food processor 1/4 cup sweetener (dry — like sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, etc.) 1/2 cup powdered (dry nonfat) milk 1 tablespoon cinnamon Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or bag.

Creamy Chicken Baked Flautas

I was recently looking for a healthier version of taquitos only to be reminded that flautas are baked versions of the deep fried taquitos.  I miss the taquitos I love so much when I was working in Glendale and drove over to co-worker’s little favorite Mexican restaurant in Burbank.  I got to eat there my [...]

Creme Brulee

4 cups heavy cream  or 4 cups of half-and-half 1/2 cup sugar 2 pinch salt 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 egg yolk 1) Preheat oven to 350 degree & line bottom of a large baking pan with a damp kitchen cloth. 2) Bring a large pot of water to boil. 3) Beat yolk, vanilla extract, [...]

Sweet Wasabi Pickles

Adapted from Curiously Ravenous I saw a bag of small pickles, 8 for 99 cents.  Since cucumbers are pretty pricey these days, thought I would try out these pickles and see what they were like.  Luckily, I also saw Curiously Ravenous’ recipe for sweet wasabi pickles earlier this week.  These turned out great and were [...]

Tzatziki Sauce

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Recipe INGREDIENTS 2 medium cucumber , peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded 1cup plain whole-milk yogurt , Greek or Greek-style or see note 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4-8 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves and/or dill leaves 2 small garlic clove , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1/2 teaspoon) INSTRUCTIONS Coarsely shred the cucumber in [...]

Homemade Fresh Butter

Fresh heavy cream and 1 mason jar (1 cup size) is all you need.  Oh yeah, and some shaking action. A while back I was looking into how butter was made and what the fat content difference was between whole milk, skim milk, butter milk, heavy cream and half and half.  Lo and behold, I [...]

Adios LA

  I’m leaving LA.  And back in December, Jon Jackson found a really classy way to say goodbye to LA when he left for NYC.  He did it with five 10 x 23 foot billboards.  Now everyone who knows me really well has heard me rant about my dislike for the city of Angels.  But [...]

Monkey Print

I was in Old Town Pasadena yesterday afternoon and walked into an Art+Design Open Market where I saw and purchased this print from Joey Chou. Can’t wait til I get this framed!