Saturday, July 16, 2016

Roasted Fish and Kimchi Potatoes with Arugula: Martha and Marley Spoon Review



Roasted Fish and Kimchi Potatoes with Arugula





Absolutely, positively, indubitably better than takeout.


This is a brilliant, quick, and spicy as you like it meal.  Martha and Marley Spoon delivers recipes and ingredients to your door, “Technology allows us to become your local greengrocer, butcher and fishmonger.  Or at least it gives us the opportunity to reconnect you with the core values of knowing where your food comes from.  Building relationships with sustainable suppliers ensures that we are a lot more than just an online shop.”

My trial of the meal kit service was first-class.  The recipes were enjoyable, plentiful, and  tasty.  The online ordering, pre-portioned ingredients, chilled box, and recipe cards are smartly designed and based on Martha Stewart's techniques.  A must order whether it’s dinner for one or more. 

The Roasted Fish and Kimchi Potatoes with Arugula was remarkably flavorful and simply created on one baking sheet.  Kimchi, a cabbage that has been fermented, brought excellent flavor and spice to the smashed potatoes.  Utilizing an ingredient such as kimchi is one way to liberate your palate from the doldrums of other tired, overused ingredients.  Martha and Marley Spoon provides terrific opportunities for customers to discover new items and explore various cuisines.




Ingredients


pollock fillet (species of the cod family)
kimchi








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Friday, July 15, 2016

Barbecue Chicken with Dill Pickle Potato Salad: Martha and Marley Spoon Review



Barbecue Chicken with Dill Pickle Potato Salad






Recipe That Says “Disfrute de su comida” to Your Dinner Guests.


Another easy, satiating, and bright flavor meal.  Martha and Marley Spoon delivers recipes and ingredients to your door, “Technology allows us to become your local greengrocer, butcher and fishmonger.  Or at least it gives us the opportunity to reconnect you with the core values of knowing where your food comes from.  Building relationships with sustainable suppliers ensures that we are a lot more than just an online shop.”

My week long trial of the service was a success.  The meal kits are enjoyable, hearty, and delicious.  The online ordering, pre-portioned ingredients, chilled box, and recipe card are smartly designed and based on Martha Stewart's techniques.  A must order. 

The Barbecue Chicken with Dill Pickle Potato Salad has unbelievable deliciousness and layers of flavors that come together with a simple formula.  The potato salad is the star of this dish with bright, fresh flavors that will make you want an extra large portion.  This dish makes great sense for a summertime picnic or date night meal.




Ingredients


Worcestershire sauce








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Monday, July 11, 2016

Celery, Fennel, and Quinoa Salad: Martha and Marley Spoon Review



Celery, Fennel, and Quinoa Salad





A Recipe That Says ¡Buen provecho! to Your Family.

This dish by Martha and Marley Spoon was easy to prepare, satisfying, and teaches customers how to develop full flavor.  Martha and Marley Spoon delivers recipes and ingredients to your door, “Technology allows us to become your local greengrocer, butcher and fishmonger.  Or at least it gives us the opportunity to reconnect you with the core values of knowing where your food comes from.  Building relationships with sustainable suppliers ensures that we are a lot more than just an online shop.”

My week long trial of the service was a success.  The deliveries were enjoyable, hearty, and delicious.  Not something everyone could keep up with every day, which is why there is the option to choose the frequency of deliveries.  The online ordering, pre-portioned ingredients, chilled box, and recipe card are smartly designed and based upon Martha Stewart's techniques.  A definite must order. 

The Celery, Fennel, and Quinoa Salad with Fried Chickpeas, Almonds, and Feta was aromatic and composed with bright flavors and crunchy textures.  Quinoa salad is an excellent dish to learn to make, as it can be made in a variety of ways for many cuisines.  An enjoyable summertime meal for any family or party.




Ingredients










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Friday, July 8, 2016

Boozy Watermelon Pizza by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Boozy Watermelon Pizza





Ripe, luscious, sweet, boozy, and for the adults.  This treat for grown-ups is refreshing and excellent for a party, patio dining, or summer escape.  Cinnamon liqueur and orange-flavored cognac infuse the fruit; the longer the watermelon and strawberries soak, the more flavorful they become.  *This recipe is also delectable without the alcohol.  


Ingredients 


1/2 cup organic honey
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup cinnamon liqueur (Goldschl├Ąger)
1/4 cup orange-flavored cognac (Grand Marnier)
1 teaspoon real maple syrup (Do not use imitation syrup.)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup sliced, organic strawberries
1/4 cup halved, organic blackberries
1 Tablespoon cut fresh, organic mint





Directions

Gently wash and dry the watermelon, strawberries, blackberries, and mint.

Use a long, sharp serrated knife to cut the watermelon.  
Slice a 1” thick round from the center of the watermelon.
Slice the round of watermelon (“crust”) into 8 equal wedges.
Place the watermelon wedges on a baking sheet.

In a saucepan on medium-high heat, bring the honey, water, and cinnamon liqueur (Goldschl├Ąger) to a boil.
Stir and cook the honey, water, and cinnamon liqueur for approximately 1 minute.
Remove from the stove and allow the syrup to cool.

Then pour the syrup evenly over the watermelon wedges on the baking sheet.
Refrigerate the watermelon wedges for one hour.

De-stem the strawberries.
Slice the strawberries horizontally.

Pour the orange-flavored cognac (Grand Marnier) into a bowl.
Place the sliced strawberries in the bowl of cognac (Grand Marnier).
Refrigerate the sliced strawberries for one hour.

Remove the watermelon wedges from the refrigerator and arrange in a circle on a round serving platter or pizza stone.

Mix the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.

Slice the blackberries in half horizontally.

Use kitchen scissors to snip the mint leaves.

Use a small offset spatula to dollop and spread the yogurt mixture on top of the watermelon wedges.

Top the watermelon wedges with the sliced, cognac infused strawberries, blackberries, and mint.

Enjoy.








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Patriotic Fruit Flag by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Patriotic Fruit Flag





Serve this Patriotic Fruit Flag on Independence Day, Flag Day, election day, or any time the season is right.  Summer is the time when fruits and berries are ripe, luscious, and sweet.  This display of red, white, and blue is quick to assemble, fun, and one children, teens, and adults alike can create.  Assemble the fruit into a flag design on a handsome food tray, create a number of flags on several platters, or scale up in size to fit an entire table for a dramatic effect.


Ingredients




Directions


Gently wash and dry the blueberries, black cherries, strawberries, and raspberries.
Fill a small bowl with blueberries.
On a food tray, evenly distribute the black cherries, white candy coated pretzels, strawberries, and raspberries to form the red and white stripes.




*Cookery Facts:  Strawberries are fruits, not berries.  First bred in France with a cross between a species from Chile and one from the United States.

*History Facts:  The heraldry of the flag is significant.  The white stripes symbolize purity and innocence.   Red symbolizes hardiness and valor.  The blue field symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice.  Each star signifies a state within the union, a new constellation, or divine goal of the nation.  Also of significance is the number of stripes; 13 to represent the original colonies.





  
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tomato and Nectarine Fruit Salad by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Tomato and Nectarine Fruit Salad 





The full flavor of the season makes this dish a satiating hit.  Conquer your nutritional needs, hunger, and menu planning all in this recipe.  Walnuts give this salad a good meaty crunch, along with omega-3 fatty acids thought to assist with lower blood pressure and to reduce inflammation in the body.  Queso panela, a fresh, salty Mexican cheese, brings unity to the flavors on the plate.


*Cooking Tip:  Read a recipe several times before preparation.  Highlight or underline key steps.  Then double check you have the correct ingredients.


Serves: Two people as one salad each or twelve smaller portions.


Ingredients

6 to 12 cubes (1/2” x 1/2” x 1/2") panela cheese
2 or more organic black cherries
1/3 cup walnuts
4 Tablespoons fresh, organic baby dill
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh, organic chives
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Tools

3” round stainless steel cookie cutter
produce knife
cheese knife
cutting board
large bowl
paper towel 
measuring spoons
sauce pot
spoon
serving plates
kitchen scissors
baking sheet
parchment paper
table knives 
salad forks


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).

Gently wash and dry the nectarines, tomatoes, lemon, cherries, dill, and chives with water.

Pour the juice of the lemon into a large bowl.

Thinly slice the nectarines.
Place the nectarine slices into the bowl of lemon juice to prevent browning and add flavor.
Lightly sprinkle nectarines with salt.

Neatly remove the stem from each tomato.
Place the cookie cutter on top of one of the tomatoes and push down.
Trim the remaining tomato peel.
Repeat with the other tomato.
Sprinkle each tomato with salt to taste.
Sprinkle each tomato with white pepper to taste.
Place the tomatoes on a paper towel to absorb water.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place walnuts in a single layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Toast walnuts in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.
Use an oven mitt to carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven.
Set walnuts aside to cool.
Lightly sprinkle the toasted walnuts with salt and white pepper to taste.

Pour balsamic vinegar into a sauce pot on medium-low heat.
Allow the balsamic vinegar to barely simmer, occasionally whisking for about 3 to 5 minutes until thickened.  Keep attention on the balsamic vinegar to prevent burning. 
Remove the balsamic vinegar glaze from the heat and allow to cool until needed for plating.  

Slice the panela cheese into 6 to 12 cubes (1/2” x 1/2” x 1/2").

Use kitchen scissors to snip the chives into small pieces.

Gently pull off the baby dill fronds from the stems.




On two plates or one large platter, arrange the tomatoes, nectarines, walnuts, and cherries.  As you plate keep in mind the acronym BUFF: B for balance, U for unity, F for focal point, F for flow.
Place cubes of cheese on top of each tomato.
Sprinkle chives on top of each tomato.
Top the nectarines with dill fronds.
Add a few drops of the balsamic vinegar glaze to the plates or platter.








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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Red, White, and Blue Chocolate-Walnut Rum Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Red, White, and Blue Chocolate-Walnut Rum Cookies





Double chocolate rich.  Baked with deep, intense chocolate and crushed walnuts.  Drizzled with a rum glaze and topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles.  Serve these cookies on Independence Day, Flag Day, or any other patriotic celebration.  







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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 6



Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 6





What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 5?

Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.  

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, work out equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good work out.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintaing an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to workout the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 6:  Stretch and Psychomotor Options

Quadriceps Stretch




Rhythmic Activity




As part of improving flexibility, agility, and coordination change up your routine with quadricep stretches or bouncing a basketball to the beat of music.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find doing variations on your movements or speed and distances makes working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Lower back stretches are key to your fitness program.  The quadriceps is a four-part muscle in the leg.  Beginners should perform this stretch by placing one hand on a chair for support.  Then stretch the muscle by slowly grasping one foot by the opposite hand and gently pull the foot towards the glutes.  (Pull the left foot using your right hand and then your right foot using your left hand.)  Keep your quadriceps (thigh muscle) aligned with your torso.  Remember to hold the stretch for 30 seconds, breathe, and relax while stretching.   

Rhythmic activities are another significant option to get your heart pumping and lungs working hard.  The moving of a basketball at a fast-pace can be an intense work out.    First select a basketball for this workout.  Select basketballs, tennis balls, and rubber balls of various sizes to increase the complexity of the activity.  Then, select music for your work out.  Beginners should start by bouncing the ball in self space to the beat of music.  Those people at the intermediate level may wish to bounce the ball in more general space and in various directions and distances.  People at a more advanced level may wish to incorporate tossing the ball and catching it, one-handed bouncing, and rolling the ball from one arm, across the shoulders, and down the other arm.  Keep in mind the tempo, speed, changes in the music as you bounce the basketball, tennis ball, or rubber ball.

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.











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Note: All information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.  Use of this information is at your own risk in regard to any losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pearl’s: A Great Rooftop Barstaurant



Pearl’s:  A Great Rooftop Barstaurant





“An upscale bar and restaurant on the Sunset Strip.  Known for its menu of decadent cocktails, delicious food, unique decor, and stunning rooftop decks.”

Pearl’s is a 1920s inspired eatery on Sunset Boulevard.  Located between the famed Doheny and San Vicente.  The restaurant and bar is an origination of the team behind its neighbor Rock and Reilly's.  This Hollywood scene offers city views, an indoor-outdoor garden, and small plate dishes.  A great spot for dining the day after a late night out, meeting up with friends, or as an escape from the tourists.




My Recommendations

1.  Pearl’s is located at 8909 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069.  This is a walkable distance from venues, such as The Roxy Theatre, Whisky a Go Go, and The London.  From further distances use a taxi or car service.  

2.  Peak times occur during weekdays and nights, especially on weekends during concerts and other events in the city.  Dining before or after peak times can ensure a more pleasant mealtime.

3.  I have enjoyed a variety of dishes on various occasions dining at Pearl's.

Kale and Quinoa Salad:  Purple Kale, Red Quinoa, Red Pear, Pistachio, Black Currant, and Champagne Honey

Pearl’s Burger:  Aged Cheddar, Melted Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Aioli, and Sesame Brioche Bun

Poached Eggs and Quinoa Bowl:  Two Poached Eggs, Red Quinoa, Roasted Tomato, Broccolini, Toast, Avocado, Chimichurri, and Truffle Salt






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