de Portola Boutique Reminder: Pointe Viven


de Portola Boutique Reminder
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Momofuku Review by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Momofuku Noodle in New York is located near Russ and Daughters.

"Established by chef and founder David Chang in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has grown to include restaurants in New York City, Sydney, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and Toronto; a bakery established by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi with multiple locations throughout New York City, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and Toronto (Milk Bar); a bar (Nikai); and a quarterly magazine (Lucky Peach).  The restaurants have gained world-wide recognition for their innovative take on cuisine, while supporting local, sustainable and responsible farmers and food purveyors."




The miso ramen is made with smoked chicken, Swiss chard, and soy egg.  A flavorful bowl and a good light lunch or dinner.  Momofuku is on the more expensive side and if you are very hungry you may wish to order two dishes.





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Thanksgiving Ideas: San Marin Cookies and White Sweet Potato Wedges by Jesse Bluma



Thanksgiving Ideas:  San Marin Cookies and Sweet Potatoes
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For dessert I made San Marin cookiesbaked with deep, intense chocolate. 

For lunch lunch I made white sweet potato wedges.  


  Before you go thinking white sweet potatoes are South American or Central American, these are all American for Thanksgiving.  Looking for a new twist on an old favorite?  Or maybe just a new favorite?  White sweet potatoes are less sweet than the orange sweet potatoes.
These "sweet" potatoes are a bit more like a white baking potato.


White Sweet Potato Wedges
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- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius).

- Wash the white sweet potatoes to remove dirt and soil.

- Cut white sweet potatoes on a cutting board into thick wedges. (A proper, sharp knife is important.  You may wish to cut the potato in half and then into wedges, as this makes for easier handling.)

- Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

- Peel and mince 3 garlic cloves; toss with wedges.

- Sea salt and pepper to taste.

- Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

- Bake for 25 minutes (oven times will vary with size of wedges).

Serve warm.













Gourmet treats by Jesse Bluma at PointeViven
using organic ingredients and inspiration
from California, Central, and South America.

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Halloween Party Ideas


Halloween Party Ideas




A ghostly gathering with creepy treats!
Eye-ball Cupcakes (above)

Ghost-pops

Witches Brew












Gourmet treats by Jesse Bluma at PointeViven
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Greek Pork Skewers from Vefa's Kitchen



Pork Skewers with Yogurt and Tomato Sauce





     I am continuing to cook through Vefa's Kitchen, a remarkable cookbook from Greece.  This dish is authentic and rich in taste.  It transcends the ordinary week night dinner.  Refreshing lemon cookies are a perfect pairing after this meal.


Directions for Pork 

2 1/2 pounds boneless pork
pinch of dried oregano
pepper
olive oil for brushing
8 pita breads
5 tablespoons butter, melted (I altered to 2 Tbs. Smart Balance)
1 1/2 cups beef broth (I altered to vegetable)
2 1/4 cups strained, plain Greek yogurt
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions for Tomato Sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil (I altered to 1)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups pureed fresh tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of cayenne pepper
pepper

Thread pork on to 8 skewers, sprinkle with oregano, pepper, and 
brush with olive oil.

Cover and refrigerate.

Sauce: Melt butter, add garlic, cook on low, stirring for 1-2 minutes.  
Add tomatoes, cayenne, and pepper, simmer 5-10 minutes.  
Remove from heat and let cool.  

1 hour before serving: Grill pork for 10-15 minutes. Brush both sides 
of pita with melter butter and broil or grill.  
Heat the broth and tomato sauce in separate pans.  
Cut and divide pita bread into individual pieces and plate.

Spoon broth over pita bread.
Slide pork off skewers and plate.
Spoon 3-4 Tbs. of tomato sauce on to pork.
Spoon 5-6 Tbs. yogurt on top.
Sprinkle with pepper and cayenne.
Serve immediately.
(Vefa's Kitchen, p. 388)
Light and fulfilling, pair with lemon cookies for dessert.








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de Portola Boutique - Special Voucher



de Portola Boutique - Special Voucher
What?:  A destination shopping event, where you’ll find gourmet cookies for teachers, friends, family, and yourself!

When?:  Saturday, December 5th, 2009 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Where?:  27031 Preciados, Mission ViejoCalifornia

Why?:  Schools are in great need.  100% of the fundraising for this event goes directly for educational purposes.  ONE HUNDRED PERCENT goes to the kids!






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Soldiers' Angels: Deserves a Cookie


Soldiers' Angels
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“‘May No Soldier Go Unloved,’ encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels.   The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels work tirelessly to demonstrate active care and concern for veterans, the wounded, deployed service members and their families.  To date, our volunteers have sent hundreds of thousands of care packages and letters to ‘adopted’ deployed service members; we have provided emergency aid to military families in need; we have partnered with the Department of Defense to provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptops to severely-wounded servicemembers, as well as other technology that supports rehabilitation; we have provided flights to soldiers on leave or in emergency situations, and to their families wanting to be with them upon return from overseas; we provided Level III KEVLAR armored blankets to give personnel extra protection in their vehicles when it was needed early in the Iraq war; and we help to honor and uphold the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and safety. With the assistance of our generous supporters , the many volunteers of Soldiers' Angels have accomplished this and much, much more on behalf of the grateful citizens of the United States of America.

In memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss

'It was the first time I felt whole since I’d woken up wounded in Landstuhl'.

–Major Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, on using a voice-controlled laptop."


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Veterans Day: Send Treats to the Troops--Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation



Veterans Day:  Send Treats to the Troops 
Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation





Please support the children of fallen members of the military and law enforcement.  The personal stories of triumph, hard work, and genuine achievement do not always make headline news.  Yet, we can do many things to provide relief and honor the lives of our finest.

"We are reminded that freedom is not free. The price is great. No one knows that better than the left-behind sons and daughters of America’s fallen heroes.  This assistance was primarily rendered to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education.

When a child of a United States Marine is afflicted with a physical or mental disability and requires special medical equipment or tutoring, our Foundation may grant financial assistance to that family if their personal insurance does not cover the complete cost of treatment for this child.  In the past, the Foundation also included in our program the children who lost a parent from all agencies killed in the murderous attack on the Pentagon.

We also decided to go back and give our bonds to children who lost a parent on the USS Cole; the children of the Air Force personnel killed at Khobar Towers; and, with great honor, the twelve children who lost their parent on the space shuttle Columbia disaster.  This assistance has had a positive, life-changing effect on many, many children. We are thankful for the commitment and support of our many members and volunteers."



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Credits:  Ashford.edu, www.mc-lef.org

What's the origin of the chocolate chip cookie?


What's the origin of the chocolate chip cookie?
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Ruth Graves Wakefield owner of the Toll House Inn?
The ancient Mesopotamians?
Jesse Bluma @PointeViven?
Debbi Fields of Park City, Utah?

This is on your honor, no researching before answering the question.




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