Archives for May 2011

Memorial Day 2011

As we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with family, road trips & food, let us not forget the Armed Forces men, women & families that made all this possible. Never Forget…Always Honor.   [Read more…]

Big Sunday Day of Volunteering

I’m an advocate of volunteering and personally believe that one of the gifts EVERY individual has been given in life is the gift of helping other people in need. Big Sunday Weekend annual charity event on May 15 and May 16 drew about 50,000 volunteers nationwide.
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LA River Day of Service 2011

The 22nd annual LA River Day of Service took place in Los Angeles on April 30, 2011.    I was honored to join Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Girls Today Women Tomorrow and Latina Bloggers to support the event. Pine-Sol sponsored the big cleanup event. We met the Girls Today Women Tomorrow Leadership program participants in the morning, cleaned the river and wrapped up the days events with an awards ceremony, food & music.   [Read more…]

Spaghetti & Meatballs

If you need a creative way to get your family to cook – – just say the word “throwdown”. [Read more…]

Wordless Wednesday: A Cup of Tea

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Whenever I am in deep thought and need to take a break,  I boil a pot of water and pour it over my favorite loose leaf tea.  I love drinking tea.  It is calming and refreshing.  I read this poem today and thought what a wonderful description of tea for tea lovers.

 

Photo by Eva Smith™

Photo by Eva Smith™

 

I’ve taken tea on Bahrain’s isle,
Sri Lanka and Hong-Kong,
Where desert sands run mile on mile
And sunlight’s powerful strong;
Tea from the gallery in our plane
Gave ease when flights were long.
In tropic heat, in freezing rain
The tea-cup came along.

Tea in Japan, tea in Malay,
Tea in Aden’s heat.
At cricket on a summer’s day
A tea is hard to beat.
And I remember taking tea in the land of Lorna Doone
With Devon cream – just you and me
Whilst on our honeymoon.

– Tea, Please by Jasper Miles, 1994

Inspirational Quotes

What makes a good quote?  My favorite quotes are the words of honesty.  Words spoken in conversation.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be the most articulate words.  Motivational quotes inspire me.   [Read more…]

A Mother’s Day Gift

Dear Daughter,

Today is Mother’s Day. I know you are very excited about today. You’ve been watching me for weeks, asking me a lot of questions about the things that I like.  I know that you’re really excited about today. [Read more…]

French Bread w/ Goat Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomatoes

 

I get inspired to cook gourmet food when I dine out.  I recently went to a gourmet restaurant and was inspired to recreate one of their recipes, “French Bread w/ Goat Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomatoes”.  The best part of recreating this recipe is the Honey Balsamic Reduction for drizzling sauce.  The Honey Balsamic drizzle makes this recipe a delicious appetizer or lunch. You can also eat it alone or share it with your friend or loved ones.  Hope this recipe will inspire you to recreate your favorite restaurant recipes.

 

 

Photo by Eva Smith

French Bread with Goat Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:

For Honey Balsamic reduction
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup honey
For French Bread with Goat Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomatoes
2 pints Sweet Baby Grape Tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon garden herb salt
2 tsp virgin Olive Oil
1 4oz goat cheese log
1 loaf French bread, sliced 1 1/2 inches thick
5 Kalamati Olives

 

Directions:

Wash tomatoes. Preheat oven to 400.  In mixing bowl, toss baby grape tomatoes with herbs and oil.  On roasting pan,  place baby grape tomatoes. Roast 30 minutes until tomatoes are tender stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine vinegar and honey in a small pan over medium-high heat and bring up to a bubble. Reduce heat to medium and cook vinegar and sugar until they’ve reduced by about half and are thick and syrupy liquid, about 10 minutes.

Place slices of bread in roasting pan and broil for 5-10 minutes until bread is toasted and light brown around the edges. Cut french bread in half lengthwise. Slice each half into 3 pieces and place close together on baking sheet. Broil 6 inches from heat 3 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Spread goat cheese on roasted french bread and pour roasted tomatoes over bread slices.   Add Kalamati Olives over bread. Add honey Balsamic Drizzle over bread.

Photo by Eva Smith

French Bread with Goat Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomatoes Appetizers

Directions::

Wash tomatoes. Preheat oven to 400.  In mixing bowl, toss baby grape tomatoes with herbs and oil.  On roasting pan,  place baby grape tomatoes. Roast 30 minutes until tomatoes are tender stirring occasionally.

Place slices of bread in roasting pan and broil for 5-10 minutes until bread is toasted and light brown around the edges. Cut french bread in half lengthwise. Slice each half into 4 pieces and place close together on baking sheet. Broil 6 inches from heat 3 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Spread goat cheese on roasted french bread. Add 1 teaspoon roasted tomatoes to each bread slice.   Add Kalamati Olives on top.  Add honey Balsamic Drizzle over bread.

Buen Provecho!

 

 

 

 

The Official Cinco de Mayo Quiz

As you prepare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your family consider sharing this quiz with your family and children.

1. Is Cinco de Mayo an American Holiday?

Answer:    Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.   The state of Puebla observes Cinco de Mayo to commemorate the Mexican’s army victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.   Cinco de Mayo is a Holiday of great importance to Mexican and Chicano communities.  The holiday which is held on May 5 every year is a day of celebration to commemorate Mexican Heritage and Pride.

2. Is Cinco de Mayo a Day to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day?

Answer:  Contrary to what many people believe, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.   Mexican independence day is celebrated on September 16.    Over, the years Cinco de Mayo has become  more commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance.

3. How long has Cinco de Mayo been officially observed in the United States?

Answer:   A study published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture claims the battle of Puebla has been celebrated among Mexican-Americans in the western states, especially California, since 1860s.  In 2005, The President of the United States issued a Proclamation calling upon the people of the United states to observe Cinco de Mayo with ceremonies and festivities.   One recent study found 122 official celebrations, with the majority of festivities held in Southwest states, such as New Mexico and our dear California and U.S. Mexico Border.


4.  Is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration held in Washington, D.C.?

Answer:  The National observation of Cinco de Mayo was held in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2011.  The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles, California where more than 600,000 people celebrate.  The Los Angeles Farmer’s market will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day.   A traditional celebration with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities will be held at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site.

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Cinco de Mayo is more than Margaritas, it’s a day to celebrate our culture and promote more inter-cultural relations within our communities.  Que Viva Puebla!  Que Viva Mexico!

Question:  How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Does your community celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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