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April 8, 2017

Spring Polenta with Radishes and Garlic Scapes

This dish keeps things wonderfully fresh for spring, with creamy polenta and vibrant radish sprouts and broccolini. The use of garlic scapes and pecorino cheese add an unsurprising depth of flavor to this savory dish.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated pecorino cheese (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 radishes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 garlic scapes, sliced into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups broccolini
  • Radish sprouts

Instructions:

  1. Make the polenta: In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add a few generous pinches of salt. Gradually whisk in the polenta, and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat, and continue cooking until the polenta is tender, 20 to 30 minutes, whisking often.
  2. Turn off the heat, and whisk in the garlic, olive oil or butter, pinches of salt and pepper, and cheese, if using. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover to keep warm.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the radishes, chickpeas, and a pinch of salt, and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir, then add the garlic scapes and broccolini, and cook until the vegetables are tender but still have a vibrant bite, about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the polenta into bowls, and top with the vegetables and radish sprouts.

- SERVES 4

Posted in Recipe
March 23, 2017

Midcentury Modern Remix

Midcentury Modern Remix

How does one go about restoring an icon's work? That was the challenge facing interior designer Jessica Helgesson, who was tasked with reviving a Portland, Oregon, home that was built by a well-known local architect in the 1950s but had subsequently been renovated. Helgesson sat down with us to explain how she managed to modernize the home while staying true to its original midcentury design.

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Posted in Remodel
March 3, 2017

The Perfect St. Patty's Day Tartines

avocado pesto mozzarella tartine

Avocado Pesto Mozzarella Tartines

Herbs are the easiest way to punch up flavor in your food (after lemons, of course). They can be expensive to buy in little packages, so I recommend trying to grow a few yourself, but I've had decent luck with basil, mint, thyme, oregano, and safe. When I cook with herbs, I always add the lighter herbs (basil, mint, chives) at the very end so they stay bright and vibrant.

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 slices whole-grain bread

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

16 fresh sage leaves, de-stemmed

1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

Few leaves of watercress

Few sprigs of fresh thyme

Pesto

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Drizzle the bread with olive oil, and then toast in a toaster or on a grill.

2. In a small skillet over medium heat, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil shimmers, add the sage leaves, and lightly fry until they turn vibrant green without browning, 10 to 15 seconds on each side. Transfer to a paper towel to drain any excess oil.

3. Top each piece of toasted bread with slices of mozzarella and avocado; some watercress, thyme, and sage; and dollops of pesto. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with extra pesto on the side.

SERVES 4

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Posted in Recipe
Oct. 12, 2016

Find Fresh Produce And Tons Of Fun On Moorpark Real Estate

Search homes in Moorpark real estateAutumn is in full swing at Underwood Family Farms on Moorpark real estate. On this full working farm, located at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, visitors can pick their own produce, shop in the country store and spend time with friendly critters. In the Animal Center, children of all ages can interact with farm animals from horses to chickens. Youngsters can climb the haystack and play in the sand pit before hitting the playground.

Pick A Pumpkin On Moorpark Property

These days pumpkins adorn the ground on this Moorpark property. Coming up orange in all shapes and sizes, the pumpkin patch is plentiful. The month of October is ripe for Fall celebrations. At Underwood Family Farms, the Harvest Festival is in full swing. Happy smiles and skipping feet can be seen all around during this seasonal celebration. Each weekend focuses on a different theme including a Western Weekend and All About Pumpkins. Live entertainment and delicious food add to a lively vibe.

There are plenty of activities to participate in. Watch the pig races and cheer for your favorite oinker, master the corn maze and chuckle along through Craig’s Chicken Show. Little wranglers may want to saddle up and take a pony ride. And, the budding artist in the family may choose to paint a pumpkin. Plenty of colorful scenes set the stage for wonderful photo opportunities.

Other festivals are held throughout the year at Underwood Family Farms on Moorpark property. Spending time on the farm is also educational. Families nearby may want to consider purchasing an annual pass. Think of all the memories to be made together year round on the farm.

 

Posted in News
Oct. 12, 2016

It’s All About The Beach For Those Living In Ventura

Search homes in Ventura real estateIt’s all about the surf and sand for beach goers living in Ventura. Beach life is the best life and those playing on Ventura real estate make the most of the Southern California sunshine. Whether relaxing in the surf or hitting the waves, perfect spots for all can be found along Ventura coastline. Surfers Point is a sweet locale for surfing and windsurfing alike. Large waves and river cobblestones mark this landscape. Local surfers can catch big waves pretty much any day of the year. Located off of C-Street, Surfers Point is just steps away from more fun in the sun.

Stroll Along The Water’s Edge On Ventura Real Estate

While Surfers Point is great for riding the waves, neighboring Ventura Beach keeps the swimmers happy. This spot of sandy beach is great for making sandcastles and boasts a playground perfect for families. The nearby Ventura Pier makes an ideal stroll with people watching at its best. Sit on the deck at Eric Ericsson’s and enjoy a vibrant sunset. Watch as fishermen bring in a fish or two. Various vendors may be set up selling unique and quirky items to passersby.

Nothing beats a beach day. Scenic shorelines are second to none on Ventura real estate. Pack up the kids, grab the beach gear and get out into the sunshine.

 

Posted in News
Oct. 11, 2016

Art And Amusements Flourish On Thousand Oaks Property

Great Entertainment Awaits in Thousand Oaks HomesArtistic endeavors abound on Thousand Oaks real estate at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. With two theaters in the center, the venue’s calendar is packed full of events varying from concerts to comedy acts. Upcoming shows include Mom-O- Palooza, a stand up comedy masterpiece dedicated to messy love of motherhood. All moms will relate to this unique yet commonplace humor. Eighties iconic band Culture Club rocks on with the one and only Boy George. The legendary Beach Boys also bring their magic to the stage. Top hits will be sung and memories relived by both bands. The holiday season gets into full swing with musical sensations Broadway Christmas Wonderland and Tis The Season. Classic favorites The Nutcracker Ballet and A Christmas Carol are time honored traditions.

Thousand Oaks Real Estate Owners Take In Dinner And A Show

Guests viewing productions in the Fred Kavli Theatre will be treated to art exhibits as well. In the lobby of this Thousand Oaks property, pieces of art are proudly put on display. Artists featured are both local to the Thousand Oaks real estate community and from further afar.

Dinner and a show make for a perfect evening. Several restaurants are adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza including Umami Burger, Sabor Cocina Mexicana and California Pizza Kitchen. Plan a night out appreciating the arts and enrich your spirit and your mind.

 

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