Monthly Archives: April 2011

Chocolate covered Bacon

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Chocolate Covered Bacon???   Seems to be a new trend…. Do you like it or not?  Yummy or Yucky?

Specialty Produce Farmer’s Market Bag of Goodies

We got our first Farmers Market Bag from Specialty Produce today!   Lot of nice things….. Green Garlic,  Snow peas, Red Potatoes, Rosemary and Tarragon, Lemons, icicle radish, Baby Beets, Yellow squash, snow peas, lettuce and Tangelos!    Now got to get to work on a menu for our wonderful fresh produce!  We also have fresh fish and meat to go with meal!

Colorful and Refreshing

Warmer temperatures, Longer days…. ahhhhh bring a smile to my face that it’s almost  Summer Time!  These colors right from my own backyard….

Sip it up! Flip-Flop Time and cozy adirondack chairs with wide arm rest that hold those drinks!

again…working with my pallet in painter and photoshop… Happy Colors …. don’t you think?

Fresh Produce and Flowers – Farmers Markets

Flowers from Farmers Market

Here’s a schedule of all San Diego County farmers markets:


Bonsall: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 31555 Old River Road. (208)553-4700.

Gaslamp Quarter: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Third Avenue and J Street. (619) 279-0032.

Hillcrest: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3960 Normal and Lincoln Streets. (DMV parking lot). (619) 237-1632.

Julian: noon-5 p.m., 4470 Hwy 78, Wynola Farms Marketplace. (760) 885-8364.

Solana Beach: 2-5 p.m., 410-444 South Cedros Avenue at Rosa Street. (858) 755-0444.

Point Loma: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Liberty Station, Historic Decatur Road at Dewey Road. (619) 795-3363.

La Jolla: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., La Jolla Elementary School, Girard Avenue and Genter Street. (858) 454-1699.

Leucadia/Encinitas: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Paul Ecke Elementary, Union and Vulcan streets. (858) 272-7054.

Encinitas: 2-5 p.m. May-September, Flora Vista Elementary at Wandering Road. (760) 687-6453.


Coronado: 2:30-6 p.m., Ferry Landing, First and B streets. (760) 741-3763.

Otay Ranch: 4-8 p.m., Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road. (619) 656-1393.

Mira Mesa: 3-7 p.m., Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road. (858) 272-7054.

UCSD/La Jolla: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept-June: open during school year only), Next to the bookstore at Lyman Lane and Library Walk. (858) 534-4248.

Escondido: 2:30-6 p.m. October-April; 3:30-7 p.m. May-September, Grand and Juniper. (760) 745-8877.


Carlsbad: 1-5 p.m., Roosevelt Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive. (760) 687-6453.

Ocean Beach: 4-8 p.m. (closes one hour earlier in winter), 4900 block of Newport Avenue between Cable and Bacon streets. (619) 279-0032.

Santee: 3-7 p.m., 10445 Mission Gorge Road. (619) 449-8427.

San Marcos: 3-7 p.m., Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. (760) 751-4193.

National City: 2-6 p.m., at A Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. (619) 795-3363.


Horton Square: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (March to October), Downtown San Diego at 225 Broadway and Broadway Circle. (760) 741-3763.

Lakeside: 2-6 p.m., Lindo Lake County Park. (619) 440-5027.

Oceanside: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and 5-9 p.m., Pier View Way and Coast Highway 101. (619) 440-5027.

Oceanside: 5-9 p.m., Pier View Way and Tremont. (760) 754-4512.

Chula Vista: 3-7 p.m., Downtown Chula Vista at Center Street and Third Avenue. (619) 422-1982.

North Park : 3 p.m.-sunset (spring-summer); 2-6 p.m. (fall-winter), CVS Pharmacy parking lot at University and 32nd streets. (619) 237-1632.

Valley Center: 2:30-7 p.m., Lot between upper and lower elementary schools on Cole Grade Road. (760) 751-4193.


Mission Valley: 3-7 p.m. (6 p.m. close during winter), Westfield Mission Valley Mall, East Parking Lot, 2018 Camino del Este, (619) 795-3363.

La Mesa Village: 3-6 p.m., Allison Street, east of Spring Street (at La Mesa Village). (619) 440-5027.

Rancho Bernardo: 9 a.m.-noon, Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte.(760) 500-1709.

Borrego Springs: 7 a.m.-noon, Christmas Circle Community Park at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 767-5555.


Little Italy: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Date Street from India to Columbia, north side. (619) 233-3769.

City Heights: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., adjacent to Mid-City Campus of the Continuing Education, Wrightman Street between Fairmont & 43rd. (619) 795-3363.

Carlsbad: 1-5 p.m., Roosevelt Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive. (760) 687-6453.

Scripps Ranch: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, 10380 Spring Canyon Rd. (858) 586-7933.

Pacific Beach: 8 a.m.-noon, Mission Boulevard between Reed Avenue and Pacific Beach Boulevard. (760) 741-3763.

Vista: 7:45-11 a.m., County Courthouse, 325 S. Melrose Drive. (760) 945-7425.

Ramona: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Collier County Park, 626 E. St. (760) 788-1924.

Poway: 8-11:30 a.m., corner of Midland Road and Temple Street (in Old Poway Park). (619) 440-5027.

Del Mar: 1-4 p.m., corner of El Camino Del Mar between 10th and 11th Streets (City Hall parking lot). (760) 727-1471.

Times are subject to change. For more information, contact the San Diego County Farm Bureau (760) 745-3023.

Q and Raleigh got a visit from Easter Bunny

Sibling Relationships…

A toast once heard:  “To my big sister, who never found her second Easter egg until I’d found my first.”  ~Robert Brault,

Pretty as a Painting…..

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Seemed like a good image to play with “Painter” in their Easter Dresses!   Pretty as a Picture …or Painting!

Happy Easter!

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Thank you Lovely Models!  I hope the Easter Bunny finds his way to YOU two!

I love hearing from you if you enjoy seeing my images…. Thanks so much!

Bella & Sophi wish YOU Happy Easter

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Step by Step with Chef Chad… How to debone and skin your fish…



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Good enough to eat!



Some tips from Chef Chad White at Sea Rocket is always clean your fish before you start cutting and your knife between each cut to avoid scales getting onto the meat.

Use sharp knives when cleaning, deboning, and skinning your fish. Avoid serrated blades also. Dull edges, as well as serrated ones, have an annoying tendency to tear through the meat of the fish, not slice through it. Do not “saw” … use a smooth fluid motion…..

Fillet! You have Fresh Fish ready to eat!

One or two servings of fish a week will reduce your chances of getting heart disease, because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Fish are excellent sources of protein, vitamin B, vitamin D, trace minerals, and essential omega 3 fatty acids, which are lacking in most diets. Some fish are richer sources of omega 3 than others, and these are generally also richer in vitamin D.

Omega 3’s are healthy fats that are important for optimal immune function. They also help to increase metabolism and are involved in hormone production. Some PMS or menopausal symptoms might benefit from extra omega 3’s. They are also involved with anything that relates to cognitive function, so sometimes depression, memory, concentration, or learning disabilities can be helped. They are very important for cardiovascular health, any condition that involves inflammation like arthritis, and are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure.

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George Washington Carver the Peanut Wizard!

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Ever wonder where we got all that Peanut stuff from?   It was created by a wonderful man! Well, maybe you don’t think he is wonderful,if you are the 1% with peanut allergies,  but without this man we wouldn’t have many of the peanut products that we have today. He even made soap out of peanut items! He made a big impact on the world.

George Washington Carver was born on a slave farm near Diamond, Missouri around 1864.   After 1914 Carver started to research peanuts. Carver wondered why people were just planting certain products like cotton or corn? Carver showed many people that peanuts were good farming products by making speeches and presentations. Carver wanted to encourage farmers to plant different products. He showed people that peanuts were nutritious and would be a great thing to grow. Many farmers in southern states started to grow peanuts. George Washington Carver made over 300 peanut products out of plants including ink, milk, and soap. Carver was called, ” the Peanut Man”. Carver also made 118 sweet potato products!

Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, folate, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut)… they are a legume.

Peanuts are a good source of niacin, and thus contribute to brain health and blood flow.  New research shows peanuts rival the antioxidant content of many fruits. Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than carrots or beets.

Peanuts are a source of coenzyme Q10, as are oily fishbeefsoybeans and spinach

So next time you eat some bread with peanut butter or wash your hands in peanut soap just remember George Washington Carver..Paz_01_img0046

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Another Best Healthy Snack – Kumquat

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Kumquat fruit is often eaten raw and is usually a blend of sour and sweet, delicious to eat.   Kumquat contains a variety of nutrients, including vitamin A, B complex, C, E, and K, sodium, potassium, calcium,copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, fiber and others.

Kumquat is often consumed in jelly, jam, sauces, salads, cake decorations, cocktails and spice for food.

Some benefits of this fruit are metabolism of carbohydrates, free radicals for fighting diabetes, cancers, infections, as well as helping control blood pressure, heart rate and production of red blood cells.

Kumquat/Cumquat symbolizes prosperity in Chinese – The Little Golden Oranges.

Walnuts a great source of Omega-3 oils, healthy heart.

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There are many ways to crack a Walnut…. here’s a few:

  • A Nutcracker is the most obvious and likely the easiest method.
  • Swing a Hammer to crack open the walnut, place on hard surface and a screw driver may helpful to pry open.
  • Put walnut in Vice  Grip, turn the handle and it squeezes the shell open.
  • Put in freezer, once water inside walnut freezes, it expands and cracks open the shell.  May take a few hours to freeze.

Walnuts are a great alternative to potato chips with a meal or a great snack!

Day at the Docks…..

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Chef Chad White …..

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Boat Owner | Sea Adventure II | Chuck Taft

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Signaling the official start of Southern California spring salt-water fishing season, Day at the Docks, April 17, 2011, is the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sports-fishing.    The annual event is held at the Port of San Diego and fishing boats host tours and local chefs tantalize your taste buds with fresh fish and produce compliments of Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce.

Chef Chad is featured here in my food blog,  he prepared Halibut sashimi,pickled strawberries, meter lemon, orange, baby celery and micro citrus greens, and Serano hot peppers.    He demonstrated how to fillet, skin and de-bone the fresh catch of the day and a little information about the exuberant baby celery, peppers and pickled strawberries.

Happy faces beamed with delight and seconds were requested by the kids!  Healthy meals for sure and delicious!     Sea Adventure was our host!   A gorgeous sunshine perfect typical San Diego Day at the Docks!

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Sizzle….in the Studio

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Looking for the best Sashimi?



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Check out Catalina OffShore Products….. 

A full line of fresh and frozen sashimi grade fish, shellfish, salmon eggs, roe (eggs), sea urchins, and sushi making ingredients, kits, combination packs, and side dishes.

Happy Or Sad?

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Smells of SpringTime

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Spring has Sprung…


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Take a shower and seek sunshine, green grass and buy some fresh cut flowers on line – iStockphoto…

OliveWood Gardens…

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OliveWood Gardens is a peaceful magical place ….. and it’s all about Fun, Food and Farming!  It is 6.85 acres with a goal to educate students, teachers and families about healthy and active lifestyle living .

My Old Leica

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Was playing with my old Nikon F4 and Leica R4S film camera’s this week…. both still have film in them…. ahhhhhh these cameras bring back so many fond memories…..



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