Homemade Mozzarella

If you’ve never had warm fresh mozzarella it will change your world. Homemade mozzarella is quick and easy! It’s take about an hour and a half and there will be no turning back. I used the recipe from Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll but this recipe is very similar. It’s magical to see the transformation from a liquid to a stretchable taffy consistency. Amazingly delicious!

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Green Shakes

I’ve been experimenting with different green shake recipes to get that extra dose of the good stuff. This lady knows what’s up.

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Pixie Cut Love

After a “free” haircut went awry the only solution was to go short, super short.  I’m channeling my inner pixie cut with images of the lovely ladies Jean Seberg and Mia Farrow who inspired many woman to go lockless. They are the epitome of adorable.

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Strange Overtones

David Byrne and Brian Eno are at the top of my “dynamic duos” list.  My current musical anthem, Strange Overtones, is from their last collaborative album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. My song still needs a chorus but I know I’ll figure it out.

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Pescadero Bike Ride

I finally crossed my 30 mile bike ride mark! I was skeptical prior to the ride and nervous to ride on the highway 1. Fortunately, I was riding with my number bike dude who has taught me that I can do it if I put my mind/pedals to it. Pescadero is a sweet small town south of Half Moon Bay just inland from the 1. We started our ride where San Gregorio Rd. meets the highway 1, down to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and looped back through Pescadero mountain roads. It happened to be barn (not yard) sale weekend but most of the items up for grabs were too big to lug back by bike. Next time! My memory holds most of the images we past on the sweet roads.

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Pit Stop at the amazing Duarte’s Tavern. I hear their olallieberry pie is delicious! I have a soft spot in my heart for custom napkins and matchbooks. Totally normal.

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The mountain climb back was the hardest part of the ride but also the most amazing scenery through farmland as the coastal fog rolled in.
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Last leg of the mountain road climb. Almost there!

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Pluot Cardamom Jam

Stone fruit is in full force at the farmer’s market right now. The vibrant dapple dandy pluots called my name so I picked up 4lbs to make a small batch of jam. This might very well be my favorite jam I’ve ever made. The recipe is from Canning For a New Generation by Liana Krissoff but I swapped pluots for the plums. It’s only 4 ingredients: pluots, lime juice, sugar, and cardamom pods. Now I just need to bake some whole grain bread to slather on almond butter and pluot jam. Yum!

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Petaluma Bike Ride

I love so much that San Francisco residents can travel an hour north of San Francisco and feel so far removed from the city. Petaluma is just the place for a nice country bike ride past farmland and rolling hills while taking in Californian flora and fauna. You might even run into a brewery too!

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Alvin Lustig Book Covers

While searching for a better copy (cover, font size, and paper weight) of The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, I discovered the brilliant book covers designs of Alvin Lustig. The book covers he designed for New Directions are modern and geographic with a sense of playfulness. Not to mention he designed covers for many of my favorite authors. If only I could get my hands on a New Directions copy of the Sheltering Sky with his cover design. I might have to settle for these postcards for now.

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So Easy – Almond Butter!

Almond butter is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made. You do need a food processor but other than that the ingredients are almonds with a pinch of sea salt. Food52 has a great instructional video on how to make almond butter at home.

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I used roasted unsalted almonds with the skins on.
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After about a minute of pulsing you’ll have almond meal.
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Then add a pinch of sea salt and continue to process.
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The almonds continue to release their oil which makes it smooth the longer you process.
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4-5 minutes more and you have almond butter!

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Black Sparrow Press

I recently acquired another Black Sparrow Press book, Midnight Mass by Paul Bowles. Black Sparrow books are special in so many ways: paper texture, binding, cover design, and of course contents. The “full package” of a book.  Here are a few from my small collection in various states of being well-loved.
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