Wild Mushroom Huarache Recipe by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Wild Mushroom Huarache Recipe





Huarache [wah-rah-che] is a Mexican dish traditionally made with flatbread or tortilla and topped with flavorful ingredients, such as chorizo, black beans, potato, and cheese.  This version of the sandal-shaped open-face tacos is made with radicchio, a peppery chicory, rather than bread.  A delicious method to decrease carbohydrates and fats, while increasing the savoriness and crunch.  A version of huarache your family, friends, and guests will enjoy time again.


Ingredients

2 Heads of Organic Radicchio
2 Tablespoons Butter (Smart Balance)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
24 ounces Assorted Organic Mushrooms
(Purchase mushrooms from a reputable grocery store.  Do not pick mushrooms yourself.)
1 Cup Organic Black Beans (Pre-cooked from a can or bag.  Or homemade.)
3 Garlic Cloves (Wedges from a head or bulb of garlic.)
1 teaspoon Sherry Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Truffle Oil
Organic Lemon
Organic Watercress
Organic Cilantro




Directions


Cut off the hard stems from the heads of radicchio. 
Carefully peel away the leaves from each head of radicchio.

Wash and dry the leaves of radicchio, mushrooms, avocado, lemon, watercress, and cilantro.

Cut the mushrooms into 1/2” slices.

Peel the three cloves of garlic.  
Cut off the ends of the garlic cloves.  
Chop the garlic.  

Peel the yellow onion. 
Cut off the ends of the onion. 
Slice the onion in half.
Dice half of the onion.

Rinse and drain the black beans from a can or bag.  (Or use homemade black beans.)

Place the 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Wait for the melted butter and oil to shimmer.

Put the onion dices in the pan.
Sauté the onion dices for 5 minutes.

Add in the sliced mushrooms, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and chopped garlic.
Sauté for 5 minutes.

Stir in the 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar.

Sprinkle in the 1 teaspoon salt.

Stir in the 1 teaspoon black truffle oil.

Add in 1 cup black beans.

Sauté for 3 minutes.


Assemble

Juice the lemon into a bowl.

Slice the avocado:  Slice vertically through the peel, twist, and separate the two halves of the avocado.  Remove the pit.  Slice the flesh of each avocado half vertically and horizontally, creating a grid.  Then scoop out the diced avocado with a large spoon.

Place the diced avocado in the bowl of lemon juice.

Lay out the radicchio leaves on a large platter or plates.

Spoon the mushroom mixture into each leaf of radicchio.

Add a dollop of salsa on top of each radicchio cup.

Top each cup with the diced avocado.

Put a snip of watercress in each radicchio cup.  Plus more for garnish.

Also, give each radicchio cup a snip of cilantro and more for garnish.  

Grate the cotija cheese over each radicchio cup.

Salt to taste.




Remember

Cooking and preparing food is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and will prepare this dish with ease.  Some will go on to experiment with other ingredients.  While others looking at this recipe may be too intrepid to cook.  As with any skill there can be barriers and self-doubt involving fear, sensitivity, motivation, and emotions.  

If you are stuck at the point of merely looking at recipes, thinking about changes you want to make to your diet, and are unsure of your way around the kitchen, then make this recipe your one goal.  Start with this recipe, read the directions a few times, make notes, and plan out the preparation needed.  Once you conquer this recipe you will feel more inspired to make other recipes and create ones of your own.

After you discover the foods, recipes, and techniques you like, the barriers will melt away.  Not sure?  No need to be scared in the kitchen.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience with this recipe be your start.  If you are a more advanced cook, then come back and share what you made and other ideas.






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Take Your Cues from the Martha Stewart Café



Take Your Cues from the Martha Stewart Café





Not all coffee and tea is the same.  After you discover the flavors you prefer and which brands are better than others you will want to bypass many coffeehouses and bistros.  Confused?  Not to worry.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience with Martha Stewart Coffee become one of your new favorites.  

The Martha Stewart Café provides a wonderful assortment of coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Martha’s Blend ground coffee is a medium-roast sourced from beans across the globe, including Kenya, Guatemala, and Indonesia.  The warm, chocolate aroma and flavor of this bold and well composed coffee is an elevated flavor in contrast to many others.  Kobrick Coffee, Jersey City, New Jersey, curate the coffee beans and provide sustainable products.  

“Welcome to the Martha Stewart Café, a dream of mine that has finally become a reality!  Inspired by the wonderful coffee shops I’ve visited all around the world, it’s a place where I can share my favorite handcrafted coffees, teas, and bakery treats with customers who will enjoy them as I do. I hope you’ll make the Martha Stewart Café a part of your daily routine…”.




Pastries and goodies such as croissants, pain au chocolate, granola, candied nuts, muffins, and cookies are also served at the café by Bisous Bisous, Rush Patisserie, and Empire Baking Company.  The chocolate chip twist croissant is a nod to European cookery, light, and a perfect pairing with a hot cup of coffee or cappuccino (an Italian coffee created with hot milk and steamed milk foam).  

The barista and cashier were friendly and knowledgable about menu items.  We had a sociable time discussing ingredients, blends, and pastry recommendations.  The flagship is in New York City at the Starrett-Lehigh building within the Chelsea neighborhood.  A historic building that was a collaboration between the Starrett real estate company and Lehigh Valley railroad.  The second location is located in downtown Sacramento, California.  Dallas is the location of the third café.




My Recommendations

1.  The café is located at 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75240.  This store is housed within the Macy’s department store at the Galleria Dallas.  The shopping mall is a drivable distance from downtown Dallas, Dallas Love Field Airport, and suburbs such as Waxahachie, Parker, Highland Park, et cetera.  There are several covered parking garages, valet parking, and access from the rail and bus system.

2.  Dining space is available within the café with square tables and chairs.  Enjoy your coffee, tea, pastry, or other items at one of the tables or take items to go.  Peak times occur on weekends and during holidays.  Check store hours.

3.  The Martha Stewart Café has a respectable number of desirable menu items.  The following were my favorites. 



Chocolate Chip Twist Croissant








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Fitness and Living Jigsaw Series by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Fitness and Living Jigsaw Series





Fitness is powerful.  This year long fitness series encompasses some of the best key characteristics to improve strength, wellness, and living.  The year long fitness series began with a desire to share some routines and activities that inspire movement, health, and wellness.  Over time, day-by-day, progress is made and fitness can be maintained through these and other physical activities.

Attitude matters.  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, workout 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 workout.  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 maintain 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.”




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.


See the Fitness and Living Jigsaw activities for each month:























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Blackberry Raspberry Pie by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven








Baking is a touchstone of culture.  In ancient and medieval times, ovens were rare.  The time and expense of constructing a wood burning oven meant baking was an act more common in the homes of the wealthy and nobility.  Dr. Sara Pennell from the University of Roehampton explained, “This was subsistence-focused baking, with an emphasis on bread and pies.  If you were wealthy, your baked goods would be rich in exotic colour.  If you were poor, you were grateful if you could afford meat for your pie.”  As economic and social freedom was expanded over time, the living conditions improved for many people across the globe.  Pie making, cakes, and pastries became extremely popular by the 1700s.  

Better quality flour and the availability of more diverse ingredients revolutionized the art of cookery.  The availability and increased quality of flour was essential in the transformation of cooking across the world.  Knowing how to judge the standard of flour is an essential kitchen skill.  According to Ken Qual of The Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, the attributes to consider when choosing flour are appearance—crust color, crumb size, flavor—taste, wheaty smell, aroma, and texture—mouthfeel, crumb stability, softness, grittiness, and lightness.  

When we consider baking at the ingredient level, the quality of those chief players is as important as in any living system, family, organization, or environment.  The source and standard of baking products affects the entire outcome of the pie, cake, tart, or bread.  As with cooking and everything else in life, quality matters.  An analogy worth remembering.

None of the science nor history matters as much as the baker.  We all come to the kitchen with various levels of cookery skills, experience, and knowledge.  We come to the table with a multitude of perspectives, passions, and interests.  Whatever our skills and for whomever we are baking, making family and friends happy with your cooking or the gift of baked goods, pies, cookies, and more creates good times and memories.



The recipe for this raspberry blackberry pie includes the best quality ingredients and a time-tested flaky crust.  If you are making your own pies or purchasing pies for loved ones, the ingredients matter.  The dough must be properly mixed, rolled, and evenly formed into a round.  The dough must then be carefully transferred into the pie dish.  Next, the dough must be docked and blind baked.  The filling must be gently mixed.  Then, transferred to the blind baked crust.  The topping is then crumbled on the crown of the pie during that baking process.  After baking, let the pie cool before enjoying.  The flavor of the pie develops more over night and can be enjoyed the next day.

As cookbook author and chef Marion Cunningham declared, "In many ways, home cooking is even more creative than what chefs do, because we improvise.  We also have the fun of cooking together with our children or with friends.  And there is a satisfaction of giving pleasure and comfort to others with something we have cooked ourselves.”  Baking and cooking pies or other goods for family and friends is also fun and an excellent way to demonstrate gratitude.  




Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Thank you to all those that have been loyal supporters and fans.  The business originated when I started selling homemade chocolates around age 10.  Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven liberates taste in cookery, culture, and community, provides gourmet goods made with organic ingredients, inspired by the culinary worlds of California, Central, and South America, and engages in a community of customers and readers with lifestyle content, reviews, and expertise.






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Credit:  History Extra http://www.historyextra.com/feature/brief-history-baking, Quail - 1991 - Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture - Wiley Online Library http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jsfa.2740540112/abstract

Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 12 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 12





What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 11?

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, workout 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 workout.  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 maintain 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.”


Sharks and Barracudas




Circle Crunches




As part of improving cardiovascular health, motor skills, and core strength change up your routine with a game of Sharks and Barracudas or circle crunches.  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 make working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Games are key to your fitness program.  Sharks and Barracudas requires application and competency in movement patterns and a variety of locomotor skills in various directions and pathways.  Also key is understanding the concept of pacing throughout this cardiovascular activity.  Additionally, a game of Sharks and Barracudas requires flexibility, endurance, strength, and the use of various muscle groups.  To Play Round One:  Divide into equal teams by random numbers.  Each team will stand at opposite ends of a basketball court or other safe space.  One team will be the sharks.  One team will be the barracudas.  Designate one player on the shark team to be the captain.  The sharks turn their backs, so as not to see the barracudas.  The barracudas then make their way to sneak up on the sharks.  When the captain of the sharks thinks the barracudas are close, he or she yells out “The barracudas are coming!”.  The sharks then turn around and attempt to tag as many barracudas as possible.  Barracudas that make it to the shark line or back to their home base are safe.  Barracudas that are tagged become sharks.  If a barracuda makes it to the shark home base, then he or she tags a shark and that shark then becomes a barracuda.  To Play Round Two:  Have the players switch roles.  Choose a captain for the barracuda team.  The barracudas turn their backs while the sharks attempt to sneak up on them.  When the captain thinks the sharks are close, he or she shouts out “The sharks are coming!”.  *Tagging must be done gently from the shoulders to waist.    

Circle crunches is a significant exercise to develop stronger abdominals and obliques.  This activity works the muscles in the pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen.  Proper technique is important to gain the most out of the activity and prevent injury.  The result should be improved balance, stability, and muscle strength. Begin on your back, knees bent, hands behind your head, and feet planted on the floor.  Move your right elbow toward your left knee, then left elbow toward your right knee.  Alternate:  Move your left elbow toward your right knee, then right elbow toward your left knee knee.  Repeat.  Make sure to push up and go side-to-side as you are moving elbow toward knee and elbow toward knee.  Breathing is also important during this exercise.  

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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Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [photostock] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [nenetus] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net,   Image courtesy of [JanPietruszka] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, KiropraktorCentrum, https://sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities/Activity-Categories/sports  http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-expert-discusses-safe-swimming-practices-to-reduce-water-related-illnesses/

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