Monthly Archives August 2013

Wine Corks

I was at a JUSTIN Wine dinner on Monday night at Ruth’s Chris in Pasadena. One of the guests brought a bottle of 1999 Reserve Isosceles and he had the cork attached to the side of the bottle. I took a picture of it and then came home and practiced.
Remove the top piece of foil, just above the collar of the bottle and toss out.
Use a wine opener and remove the cork. Save this for later.
Just below th...
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Coconut Sour Cream Layer Cake

My Grandma Bustle would make this cake for special occasions before she passed away. My Aunt Peggy says it is her favorite cake which inspired me to make it the very first time. Best decision ever! This cake is delightful. The key is to make it 3 days prior and keep it stored in an airtight container. This brings all the flavors together and makes each slice a piece of perfection...

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Blueberry Pie

Makes 1 or 6-8 mini pies

cream cheese pie dough:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, cold and cut into small cubes
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons ice cold water


2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
1 tablespoon ta...

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Zucchini Pizza

My mother in law’s close friend Cheryl gave me some of her home grown zucchini. It was huge. I used one of them and grilled it and the other one I came up with the idea to make little pizzas minus the dough.
One large zucchini – the largest you can find
Pasta sauce, marinara or pesto
Pepperoni, optional
Cheese, optional
Red pepper flakes, optional for spiciness
Seasoning, I use ZAATAR Ru...
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Kellogg’s® Nutri·Grain Cereal Bars

We buy Kellogg’s® Nutri·Grain® Cereal Bars from the grocery store as snacks for when we ride dirt bikes. Depending on when they go on sale because they do cost $4.19 per box ($0.70 cents per bar). When they are not on sale I grab a box of the Fruit & Grain which is the Albertson’s generic version of the Nutri-Grain cereal bar. My husband made a comment about how much he liked the Kellogg’s bars...

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