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Jesse's Hot Dog Recipe

Inspiration for these hot dogs comes from a visit back to Pink's in Hollywood.  Pink's is a famous hot dog stand, maybe the most famous.  The original is located on La Brea and Melrose-- get there early on a Friday or Saturday night.  I am pleased to say that Foodie in Disguise liked this recipe.


Turkey hot dogs
Turkey bacon
white onion
1 organic lemon
1 large organic tomato
Sauerkraut (Flanagan brand)
Cottage cheese
Plain Greek yogurt
*Grilled hot dog buns on both sides


1.  Preheat oven to broil.  Or you may wish to grill the hot dogs.

2.  Wrap turkey dogs with turkey bacon.

3.  Broil wrapped hot dogs for approximately 5 minutes-- do not use a glass baking dish.

4.  Peel and dice white onion.

5.  Wash, dry, and juice lemon.  You may wish to zest the lemon after washing and reserve the zest for another recipe.  

6.  Mix the diced white onion with two tablespoons lemon juice.  

7.  Wash, dry, and dice tomato.

8.  "Sour cream":  blend until well incorporated equal parts cottage cheese and plain Greek yogurt, plus one tablespoon lemon juice.

9.  Use oven mitts to remove hot dogs from the oven.

10.  Top hot dogs with sauerkraut, onion, tomato, relish, and "sour cream".  

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Learn About Teppanyaki Cooking by Jesse Bluma

Learn About Teppanyaki Cooking

A friend's birthday was held at a Japanese restaurant specializing in teppanyaki.  This is a form of Japanese cooking utilizing a hot iron griddle, often referred to as Japanese steakhouses in America.  Common ingredients are meat (beef), seafood (shrimp, scallops, lobster), and vegetables cut into bite size pieces.  Dishes are typically made with these ingredients that are more common to the Americas and cooked using soybean oil.  

The frying, flipping, knife work, and fire may be intimidating for some.  A good place to start your culinary dive into teppanyaki may be dessert.  The unique "fruit cake" is something anyone can create at home for a birthday or other celebration:  grilled grapefruit, a cherry on top, with sliced melon.  

The roots of teppanyaki were forged in the 1900s, as the Japanese became an imperial force throughout Asia and into the West.  Notably, the immense Japanese military influenced the diets of the Japanese populace.  Japanese military bases outside of the county put military personnel in contact with other cultures, ingredients, and created a diet dependent on curry rice, pasta, soups, stews, and large portions of meat.  

The dishes from these bases outside of Japan were brought back to the country.  After the defeat of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1945 by United States troops, American ingredients and cookery influenced the island.  As international cultures blended in Japan, “[l]arge amounts of meat cooked on a steel griddle became the now-standard dish teppanyaki”. (Victoria Lyon Bestor and Theodore C. Bestor)

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Send a Care Package for Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day

Send a Care Package for Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day
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Joe Brown, a World War II veteran, recorded his experience as a prisoner of war in We Stole to Live. The true story tells of his POW days with his fellow POWs.  Among his friends in the camp was my great-uncle, Larry Bluma.

Playing Mr. Mouth game with Uncle Larry, sister, and cousin

"January 31, 2004-I awakened a while ago thinking about the time, in the early morning of June 4, 1942, an American Navy PBY was shot down by Japanese fighter planes near the Aleutian Islands, and soon three of the nine-man crew aboard were the only survivors, clinging to an inflated two-man raft floating on the turbulent, frigid waters of the Bering Sea, under abominable weather conditions, hundreds of miles from any sort of land. Even a glimmer of hope for survival would have been considered by most as a forlorn exercise of fantasy."

If you would like to purchase the book pictured above, look on Amazon or check with your local bookstore.  

Join me in sending a care package to honor the troops.

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LA Fashion Week Ketchup Recipe by Jesse Bluma

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The photo below is from when I attended a fashion show with some friends, afterwards we went to Ketchup on Sunset Boulevard.  Most of the dishes, fries, hamburgers, et cetera are accompanied with ketchup.  Living in California is a plus, we have many great eateries. When preparing for summer foods like hamburgers, I prefer a no salt ketchup recipe.  This recipe is inspired from that night.

L.A. Fashion Show

Ketchup Restaurant, Los Angeles


2 pounds organic plum tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for ketchup
1 Tablespoon olive oil to cook onion
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cups cold water


1.  Wash and chop the plum tomatoes.

2.  Heat a large skillet with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

3.  Cook onion until soft in the heated olive oil, about 6-8 minutes.

4.  Add chopped plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, and cumin in with the cooked onion.

5.  Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.

6.  Add in 1 1/2 cups cold water.

7.  Then bring the mixture to a boil and gently simmer until the mixture has reduced, thickened, by half.

8.  Allow the ketchup to cool.

9.  Then purée cooled ketchup in a blender until smooth.

10.  Strain the ketchup with cheesecloth or through a strainer for an extra smooth and glossy texture and appearance.

*Update:  Ketchup has now closed.

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Throw a Kentucky Derby Party by Jesse Bluma

Throw a Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing.  It is held on an annual basis on the first Saturday in May.  "The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports."

The photos below are of a time when I went riding in Texas with my sister and her husband.  I ride both Western and English style.  If you are looking to ride or get your children into riding, look for good stables in your area.  I would suggest taking a ride or two before purchasing riding lessons.  You may also wish to pay for one lesson at a time until you are sure this is something for you, as it requires time, equipment, and is a hard workout.  It is vital to carefully inspect the facilities, the horses, and references.    

Party Ideas

- Choose a home or event location with a large television

-  Check for race information in advance (

-  Beef up on your knowledge of the Kentucky Derby (

-  Motif: Design your party around a central idea, color, or repeated element that celebrates the race.

-  Imagination:  A party does not have to be at a static location.  Meet up with friends for some horseback riding before the start of the race.

-  Play pin the roses on the horse:  The winning horse and jockey of the Kentucky Derby receives roses.  In the spirit of the day you can use real or silk roses, pins, a large horse poster, a blindfold, spin players in a circle five times, and see which player gets closest to pinning the rose on the horse's neck or tail.

-  Print out information for your guests about Equine Advocates, an easy way to help support the care of horses.

-  Order treats by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven made with organic and natural ingredients and excellent quality control.

Post your party menu and mixes below.

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