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Art for All Seasons:  A Mixed Media Approach to Life
Art for All Seasons: A Mixed Media Approach to Life
 My favorite artist is Mother Nature. She provides endless sources of inspiration throughout the year. From the early impressions of springtime flowers, to the surrealistic...
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A Week Without Coffee: Why I Stopped and How I Survived
A Week Without Coffee: Why I Stopped and How I Survived
Coffee and I have been best friends for over 20 years. Through thick and thin, coffee has always been by my side. I'll drink it...
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Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame
Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame
This highly addictive snack is a popular choice as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants, but you can whip up a batch at home anytime you...
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Rainbow Lentil Soup with Bacon and Sage
Rainbow Lentil Soup with Bacon and Sage
Lentils are believed to bring prosperity because they are shaped like little coins. Would you like a bowl of money? Yes, please!
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Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms
Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms
Our Thai basil plant is a monster now, with bushy green stalks just begging me to go Asian with my meal-planning. I was craving the...
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Italian Bruschetta Recipe
Italian Bruschetta Recipe
Summer could never be complete for me without my favorite appetizer of all time. Bruschetta is pronounced "broo-SKET-tah" (see here) and is typically made with...
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Cheap and Easy Dog Kennel to Greenhouse Conversion
Cheap and Easy Dog Kennel to Greenhouse Conversion
Our new home came with a 6' dog kennel, and we don't have a dog. But we do have a garden--and I've been vying for...
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Thai Basil Pepita Pesto
Thai Basil Pepita Pesto
While planting my tomatoes, I notice a tiny pair of leaves poking out of the soil. I hadn't planted them there, so I had to...
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Buying a Starter Home in San Diego is Easier and Less Painful Than Pulling Out Your Own Teeth, but not by Much.
Buying a Starter Home in San Diego is Easier and Less Painful Than Pulling Out Your Own Teeth, but not by Much.
Since last June, we've viewed at least 22 houses. Countless hours have been spent on Zillow zooming in and out on homes in great neighborhoods...
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Can We Still Be Friends After Babies?
Can We Still Be Friends After Babies?
One of the hardest things for me as a new mom has been maintaining relationships with several of my closest friends...the ones who don't have...
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Little Free Libraries are Antennae for the Soul
Little Free Libraries are Antennae for the Soul
The Magical Mystery Books BoxSomething strange is going on and I love it.Remember that Books Box I built outside my house?Well, I am now convinced that...
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Couple Sues Infant Daughter for Expressing their Genes without a Copyright License
Couple Sues Infant Daughter for Expressing their Genes without a Copyright License
Steve and his Doppeldaughter.Our daughter looks just like my husband. She's got his deep blue eyes, golden brown hair, and round little pie face. Nicknamed...
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The Dark Side of the Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is known as one of the city's biggest and best attractions, and enjoyed year round by tourists and residents alike. You...
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Losing Tiki
We found Tiki in the street twice.  The first time was when we rescued him from the engine of an old van, where he and...
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Read. Return. Repeat.
My Very Own Books BoxAs soon as I heard about Little Free Libraries, I knew I wanted to make my own.What a great idea!  A...
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Teaching A Broad
What do you call someone who speaks TWO languages? Bi-lingual. What do you call someone who speaks THREE languages?Tri-lingual.Q: What do you call someone who speaks ONE language? American.My Early Days as an...
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Art for All Seasons:  A Mixed Media Approach to Life
Art for All Seasons: A Mixed Media Approach to Life
 My favorite artist is Mother Nature. She provides endless sources of inspiration throughout the year. From the early impressions of springtime flowers, to the surrealistic...
Read More
A Week Without Coffee: Why I Stopped and How I Survived
A Week Without Coffee: Why I Stopped and How I Survived
Coffee and I have been best friends for over 20 years. Through thick and thin, coffee has always been by my side. I'll drink it...
Read More
Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame
Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame
This highly addictive snack is a popular choice as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants, but you can whip up a batch at home anytime you...
Read More
Rainbow Lentil Soup with Bacon and Sage
Rainbow Lentil Soup with Bacon and Sage
Lentils are believed to bring prosperity because they are shaped like little coins. Would you like a bowl of money? Yes, please!
Read More
Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms
Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms
Our Thai basil plant is a monster now, with bushy green stalks just begging me to go Asian with my meal-planning. I was craving the...
Read More
Italian Bruschetta Recipe
Italian Bruschetta Recipe
Summer could never be complete for me without my favorite appetizer of all time. Bruschetta is pronounced "broo-SKET-tah" (see here) and is typically made with...
Read More
Cheap and Easy Dog Kennel to Greenhouse Conversion
Cheap and Easy Dog Kennel to Greenhouse Conversion
Our new home came with a 6' dog kennel, and we don't have a dog. But we do have a garden--and I've been vying for...
Read More
Thai Basil Pepita Pesto
Thai Basil Pepita Pesto
While planting my tomatoes, I notice a tiny pair of leaves poking out of the soil. I hadn't planted them there, so I had to...
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art for all seasons: a mixed media approach to life

 

My favorite artist is Mother Nature. She provides endless sources of inspiration throughout the year. From the early impressions of springtime flowers, to the surrealistic scenes of snowy winters, there’s an art for all seasons.

Throughout the year, my art varies greatly according to

Why I stopped and How I survived a week without coffee

Why I stopped and How I survived a week without coffee

Coffee and I have been best friends for over 20 years. Through thick and thin, coffee has always been by my side. I’ll drink it in a mug, thermos, or

restaurant-style spicy garlic edamame recipe

restaurant-style spicy garlic edamame recipe
A dash of salt makes edamame irresistible!

Spice up your next dinner party with this recipe for restaurant style spicy garlic edamame. This highly addictive snack is a popular choice at Japanese restaurants, but you can whip up a batch at home anytime you want, and it only takes a few minutes! Get ready to wow your friends and set your party (and your mouth) on fire. Bet you can't eat just one!

Recipe

  • 2 14-oz packages of USDA organic frozen soybeans
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, cored and minced (optional)
  • 4 Tbs. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. fresh chili paste
  • salt or garlic salt

Directions

Fill a large pot with the frozen edamame and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil for 6-7 minutes on high, or until edamame begin floating to the surface. You do not want to overcook them, so sample one if you're in doubt.

Meanwhile, mince the garlic and chili pepper. Combine in a small bowl with oil and chili paste.

When the edamame are ready, strain them and set aside. Return the pot to stove and turn off heat. Add oil and chili paste mixture to the hot pot. Let 'em sizzle for a minute or two, just to bring out the garlic and chili flavors. Then, return all the edamame to the pot. Stir them up to coat them nicely. Sprinkle generously with salt (we use garlic salt for even more kick) and toss gently before transferring them to a large bowl.

Serve your restaurant style spicy garlic edamame together with an empty bowl for discarding the shells, a pile of napkins, and of course, plenty of ice-cold refreshments!

Restaurant-style spicy garlic edamame recipe
I used a serranon chili from my garden, which gives it a mild kick, but feel free to go as a hot as you like!

Itadakimasu!

(Enjoy the meal!)

 

 

Rainbow lentil soup with bacon sage and cilantro garnish

Rainbow lentil soup with bacon sage and cilantro garnish
Rainbow lentils with bacon and sage soup recipe for New Year’s Day
It’s a new year, full of potential and purpose. It’s also a time to honor old traditions and new resolutions. Every

Thai basil zucchini stir-fry

Our Thai basil plant is a monster now, with bushy green stalks just begging me to go Asian with my meal-planning. I was craving the crunch of a fresh summer zucchini, so I crafted this little recipe for a Thai basil stir-fry with some other leftover veggies that were hanging

Art for All Seasons: A Mixed Media Approach to Life

Share This Mess My favorite artist is Mother Nature. She provides endless sources of inspiration throughout the year. From the early impressions of springtime flowers, to the surrealistic scenes of snowy winters, there’s an art for all seasons.Throughout the year, my art varies greatly according to the weather. I am lucky

Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame

This highly addictive snack is a popular choice as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants, but you can whip up a batch at home anytime you want to wow your friends and set your soul (and your mouth) on fire. Bet you can’t eat just one!

Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms

Share This Mess Our Thai basil plant is a monster now, with bushy green stalks just begging me to go Asian with my meal-planning. I was craving the crunch of a fresh summer zucchini, so I crafted this little recipe for a Thai basil stir-fry with some other leftover veggies

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