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Pointe Viven: Perfect Pancakes

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Perfect Pancakes 
by Jesse Bluma

Easily make the most of your next breakfast or brunch with these perfect pancakes.  These pancakes are light, tender, stay together, and happen to be a healthier version.  Not the heavy bricks you may have eaten in the past.  Fresh seasonal fruit makes a great topper or spread.

2 1/2 cups organic cake flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 tablespoon oil
2 1/2 cups soymilk or water

Use a large bowl and hand mixer to lightly combine all the ingredients.  
Combine until slightly lumpy.  
It is better to undermix than to overmix, if too lumpy you may continue mixing.  
Set the mixture aside for 5 minutes, then fold, 
then set aside for another 5 minutes to rise.  
Fold again.  This can be done the night before cooking, keeping in the refrigerator.  

Heat a heavy frying pan on medium or set a griddle at 350°F. 
Lightly spray the pan or griddle with cooking spray. 
Test the pan or griddle is ready for cooking by dropping a teaspoon of water on the surface, the water should evaporate immediately when at the correct temperature.

Gently scoop and drop 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the pan or griddle. 
Bake until bubbles in the batter begin to form and break (about 2 minutes), then turn the pancakes and cook the other side. A nice crispy edge will form.

Top with your favorite organic jam or fresh fruit.


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Pointe Viven: Chocolate Cookie Squares

Caramel or Mint-Chocolate Cookie Squares
These gourmet treats are made with 
organic ingredients.  Chocolate 
originated in Meso-América and has 
been a rich ingredient for over three 
millennia.  Enjoy these cookie squares 
with horchata, a cinnamon milk.

Pointe Viven: Chocolate Morsel Cookies

These cookies exemplify "Viven", Spanish for living life. Pointe Viven is for those that wish to experience living life with good taste! There is no better place for gourmet cookies made with organic ingredients.

Order these cookies for your next special occasion and serve with a chocolate 

Deserves a Cookie: Cell Phones for Soldiers

Donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them. The money got for the phones is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers serving.  Please visit this dynamic organization at Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Pointe Viven: A Dynamic Summer Salad

Walnut Dressing 
by Jesse Bluma

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts (To toast:  Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan, Stir in walnuts, Stir for about 4 minutes, Remove from pan, Allow to cool to room temperature)

Mix ingredients and top your favorite greens.  Finish this meal with gourmet organic cookies from Pointe Viven


My Talk with Dr. Brent Ridge: Favorite Cookies

My Talk with Dr. Brent Ridge
Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. 

I just got to have an excellent chat with Dr. Brent Ridge.  You may know Dr. Ridge from several TV shows.   Additionally, he works with the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai, focusing on living well as we age.  Brent explained to me some of the fascinating aspects of owning a farm and growing his own food.  

Brent also started his own store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, offering hand crafted and artisan products.  Among the products sold:  goat milk soap, edibles, and clothing.  It seems Dr. Ridge is one of the main people responsible for the resurgence of the general store and 1800s.  He also told me that his favorite cookies are "oatmeal raisin".

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Photo Credit:  www.marthastewart.com, beekman1802.com, nyu.edu

Liberty Enlightening the World

Liberty Enlightening the World
Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved.

Photos I took while on dynamic trips to New York.  "The Statue of Liberty (French: Statue de la Liberté), officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World (French: la Liberté éclairant le monde), dedicated on October 28, 1886, is a monument commemorating the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, given to the  by the people of France to represent the friendship between the two countries established during the American Revolution."

Liberty Island

Join Pointe Viven in celebrating Independence Day with cookies that liberate food and taste!

Watermelon Cookies

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Etsy Showcase by Jesse Bluma

Etsy Showcase

Jesse Bluma at PointeViven using organic ingredients and inspiration from California, Central, and South America.  My gourmet pasteries made with high standards.  Quality, respect for local, fresh, and organic ingredients is the recipe for success.  Items are lightly sweetened, not overly sugared, using natural ingredients.  These baked goods are thoughtfully created.  I share a passion with clients for fresh, small-batches, and excellent taste.

My items will be featured in an Etsy showcase on Saturday, July 3!

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Succulent Update by Jesse Bluma

Succulent Update

My first posting on my new plants got a lot of interest.  Here is an update on how the succulents are fairing so far.  This succulent display was given to me one December as a gift.  Succulents are a great weekend project, interesting to learn about, and make a thoughtful present.  These plants come in unusual shapes and shades of green, with some flowering.  You can see they are doing well.

You can begin your succulent pot from cuttings, using one species or a variety of species.  If you take clippings from a plant, ensure that the tools are sharp and sterile, plant disease can easily spread.  A good professional gardner or arboretum, for example The Fullerton Arboretum, can help you make the most of your propagating. 

It is essential to utilize the proper soil for you plants, such as Kellogg Garden Products.  Succulents, palms, cacti, and citrus require a certain moisture level, good drainage, and nutrients.  Organic material, nothing synthetic, is also beneficial to providing the proper medium for plant growth.

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Credit:  Image courtesy of [Vitolef] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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