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Noted: SYNEK’s countertop (beer) tap puts your kegerator out to pasture via Engadget

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

SYNEK’s countertop (beer) tap puts your kegerator out to pasture via Engadget

SYNEK's countertop (beer) tap puts your kegerator out to pasture via Engadget

There’s no question that draft beer is the best beer, but the cost of getting fresh from the tap brews at home can be substantial. Purchasing a kegerator (along with all of its accessories), CO2 and the kegs of whatever varieties you prefer can add up quickly. But what if supplying a tap system was as easy as getting one of those reusable growlers filled? And what if the dispensing device took up minimal space on your kitchen counter? Well, that’s what SYNEK is hoping to do.

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Photo: Yum! via #instagram

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

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Photos: LA Friday Coffee at Magnolia Park Ladies and Gents Night Out

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

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LA Friday Coffee had a great night of food , conversation and strolling during the June edition of Magnolia Park’s Ladies and Gents Night Out in Burbank. This monthly event involves tons of stores and restaurants, live music and over 25 food trucks all laid out along Magnolia Boulevard from Hollywood Way to California Street.

The LA Friday Coffee group met up at Romancing the Bean, a nice coffee house along the route. We drank coffee and brought back the food we had wandered off to find at the various food trucks. Wings seemed to be very popular among the group, along with shave ice and, off all things, Tater Tots!

Here are a collection of photos I took during the evening to give you a feeling for the event and possibly entice you to check it out for yourself. The July date is Friday, July 25, 2014. You can find out all about this event, and others sponsored by Magnolia Park on their Facebook page.

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Magnolia Park Ladies and Gents Night Out June 2014 - 01

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Photo: Food Truck Tater Tots – Ah, the memories via #instagram

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

Photo: Food Truck Tater Tots - Ah, the memories via #instagram

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Noted: Food: Red White and Blue Sangria via My Baking Addiction

June 29th, 2014 Comments off

Food: Red White and Blue Sangria via My Baking Addiction

Food: Red White and Blue Sangria via My Baking Addiction

I think that the 4th of July has to be the best party all summer. What could be better than celebrating your country by spending time with family and friends outdoors? This year, I’m hoping the weekend is filled with sun, eating, drinking, and tons of fireworks. I know you’re going to need something thirst-quenching to pair with your barbecue…

When you’re planning your 4th this year, think about adding this delicious sangria to the menu. It couldn’t be easier to make, just pour everything into a pitcher and throw in sliced fruit. The recipe can also easily be multiplied for any size party you may be having. It’s very refreshing, and it’s red white and blue!

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New Food: Crockpot Pork Shoulder/Loin served over Polenta

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

We have been making pork shoulder, or in this case, pork loin in the crock pot for a while, but it took me some time to tie together the flavorful meat with warm, creamy (and sometimes, cheesy) polenta. I had first seen this done with Oso Bucco, but it only makes sense to do it with any sort of roast or stewed meat The polenta is a great starchy side and soaks up the flavorful juices of the meat.

Pulled Pork served over Polenta

My recipe for this dish is going to be much more vague than usual, mainly because it is simply so so easy.

Crockpot Pork Shoulder or Pork Loin

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder or pork loin
  • 1 cup Hard cider, beer, stock or any flavorful liquid
  • Salt, Pepper and your favorite seasonings, to taste
Cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or 3-4 hours on high (I prefer low, for a nice slow cook) until pork easily pulls apart with form.
Break pork into large chunks.
This is an almost foolproof method and lets you have dinner ready when you return from work or errands.

Polenta (Italian Cornmeal Mush) based on the Joy of Cooking

  • 1 cup regular cornmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tbls Butter
  • 3oz Extra Sharp Chedder (or other favorite cheese)

Add salt to water. Bring water to  a boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal. Bring back to boil, then lower to very low. Whisk quite frequently while it cooked until polenta creamy and no longer gritty to the tooth — around 40 mins. Once polenta is done, remove from hear and whisk in butter, cheese and black pepper.

Assembly

Spoon polenta into large bowl. Spoon over pork pieces and juices from crock pot. Add side vegetables directly to the bowl, if you wish. (I added green beans to mine, but forgot them when i took the picture.

We always have polenta left over, so we prepare a ceramic baking dish with cooking spray and spoon the remaining polenta into that. After an hour, the polenta will have set. We then cut it into squares to be stored in refrigerator of freezer for quick use with other pasta sauces or meats in place of pasta.

This dish is great at any time of the year, but especially as an easy, ready-to-eat dinner on those cold winter nights. Mix up the meats you use, spices, flavorful liquids you use until you find your favorites We have tried tomato-based sauces, balsamic vinegar sauces and more. It is pretty foolproof.

 

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Noted: The Valley’s First Craft Brewery Opens Today (Sunday), Specializing In British Ales via LAist

June 22nd, 2014 Comments off

This new microbrewery is right here in my neighborhood. I decided to avoid the crush of opening day, but I will be a making a visit very soon to do some blogging-related tasting! (LAUGH) — Douglas


The Valley’s First Craft Brewery Opens Today, Specializing In British Ales

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Finally!

The MacLeod Ale Brewing Company opened its doors and tapped its casks for the first time today, allowing beer lovers in the Valley to not have to travel far to get the craft brews they desire.

The Van Nuys brewery specializes in British styles that are hard to find, even for craft brewers. This includes, pale ales, Scotch ales, and English-style bitters. The brewery is also serving the beers directly from the casks they are naturally carbonated in, meaning less carbonated brews served at “cellar temperature” between 50 and 57 degrees, according to the LA Times.

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Photo: Apples from the neighbor’s garden via #instagram

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

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Noted: Food: How to Make Compote Without a Recipe via Food52

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

Food: How to Make Compote Without a Recipe via Food52

Compote

Here at Food52, we love recipes — but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: Transform your season’s harvest into a simple, versatile compote, without fancy canning equipment — and without a recipe.

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Noted: Food: Stop What You’re Doing and Make These Blueberry Waffle Cookies via The Kitchn

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

Food: Stop What You’re Doing and Make These Blueberry Waffle Cookies via The Kitchn

Blueberry Waffle Cookies

Are these blueberry waffle cookies meant for breakfast or dessert? Does it even matter? Naomi of Bakers Royale posted this gorgeous recipe on her blog a couple weeks ago and I can’t get over how beautiful these things are. These waffles are definitely going to happen in my kitchen ASAP.

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