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Friday, June 28, 2013

Challah with brown butter and cinnamon swirl

I love bread. I especially love making my own fresh baked challah bread. The house smells so fresh from the yeast, and love how peacefully it can be kneading the dough.  This is a special Jewish braided bread eaten on the Sabbath and holidays.  This week instead of the braid I am twisting it so you can see the cinnamon swirl design.

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Raw Vegan Cheesecake

one packet of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
let active till foamy

melt 10 TBS. butter till reaches brown butter stage
add one vanilla bead seeds
let infuse for 10 mins

then in a bowl
add 1 cup bread flour
add yeast
cover with the flour and let rest for 15 mins
then add
then add 6 Tbs. of the butter
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 eggs and one yolk
3 c. bread flour
and add cold water till forms dough
knead for 10 mins
cover with saran till doubles in size
then roll into a rectangle size 
mix together
2/3 brown sugar
1 tbs. cinnamon
and sprinkle over dough
roll up length wise
then slit in half length wise
twist up and place in a pan
butter or egg wash top
then bake at 350 for 35-40 mins

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Raw Vegan Cheesecake * Baking with my SUBlebrity Brian Tee & Mirelly Taylor

This week I made a very healthy, good for your tummy cheesecake.  This Cheesecake is great because you never even have to turn on your oven.  Just pop this Raw & Vegan Cheesecake right into your freezer and 3 hours later you will be thanking me.  This week I have two very special guests on the show in a segment called "Baking with my SUBlebrity" Watch and learn how fun and easy this cheesecake can be.

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Raw Vegan lemon blueberry Cheesecake

For the Crust
  • 2 cups raw almonds soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted (about 7 or 8 dates) if dates are really dry, put them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, discard water
  • 1/4 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes

For the Filling
  • 3 cups raw cashews soaked for three hours
  • 3/4 cup fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup raw honey (you can use regular honey if you don't want to go 100% raw)
  • 3/4 cup raw coconut oil (Artisana is my favorite brand) you do not have to warm it, just use it straight out of jar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped, pod discarded

For the topping
  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries (or any berry that you prefer)
  • honey or dates to sweeten ( I didn't measure I just poured and tasted)
  • 1/4 cup lemon, or apple juice, or OJ

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Santa Monica, California


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mohawk Bend in Echo Park OneMinute Tasemade

Located in Echo Park, California, Mohawk Bend was once the old Vaudeville theater. The space has a very unique feel when entering and has four dining experiences. We sat in the back area which they call their "Dining Room."  The original brick and vaulted ceilings, with the natural light coming in, made for a beautiful and calming dinner.  We were told that the kitchen only uses California ingredients, ranging from their brick oven pizzas, seasonal salads, elevated pub food, and delicious desserts.

My friends and I started off with Buffalo-style Cauliflower, which was hands down the most delicious way to 
eat a cauliflower. We also ordered the Chorizo stuffed Medjool Dates, wrapped in bacon. How can you go wrong with bacon?

Sandra and I split the PB&J  pizza.  That's pineapple, bacon, and jalapeño. I know, totally not what you were thinking, but it was good - just a tad spicy b/c of the jalapeño (I'm a wimp). And the boys ordered the Mohawk Burger with arugula, parmesan, crispy pancetta, red onion, pickled chili, roasted pepper, with rosemary-garlic aioli.  They looked pretty happy because we didn't hear from the boys for awhile as they scarfed it down.

All in good fun, great vibe wonderful drinks. Go try out Mohawk Bend in Echo Park.

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2141 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Duplex on Third

The Duplex on third actually use to be a  residential duplex in the early 1900s.  I knew I was in heaven when I noticed the al fresco dinning, and a beautiful porch that wrapped around the building.  As I made my way inside, I was filled with warmth from modern furniture, beautiful decor, and what Mary and I call Poodle Pillows in the lounge area on the second level.

Lets get to the food. We happen to sit down at a table al fresco and noticed we made Happy Hour which runs M-F 4p-7p.  

We ordered a few things from the Happy Hour menu...
The best calimair I have ever eaten with a citrus dipping sauce.
We ordered a delicious flat bread Prosciutto, Mascarpone, Caramelized Onion, Figs, Arugula.
A combination of Olives
And of course I had a Strawberry Mojito.

After happy hour ended, we ordered off the dinner menu.
ORECCHIETTE TRUFFLED “CARBONARA”had truffle oil, pancetta, parsley, egg, and parmesan.  This was to die for and had great flavor! I was so happy after eating here.

The Menu had so many other great options that you can't go wrong or feel somethings not for you.  I had a great experience at the Duplex on Third and can't wait to go back and try more.

Duplex On Third
8722 West Third Street. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Obikà Mozzarella Bar

Who loves Mozzarella? Well, this week my friend Mary and I are at it again "Ladies who Lunch"  Mary and I were shopping and came across right smack in the middle of the Beverly Center an open, bright, and inviting restaurant called Obikà. meaning in Italian "here it is , look at it"

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We tried two types of Mozzarella the Burrata & Classica on a bed of fresh basil leaves.
Accompanied by:                                                                                  
Selezione di Salumi – Prosciutto Crudo di Parma,                                            
Salame Felino, Mortadella di Bologna  
And of course I had to wash it down with a delicious
Vodka, St. Germain, fresh ginger, fresh basil, lemon, simple syrup

There is more from; ANTIPASTI, organic salads, to rustic pizza.

There are Two locations
Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles

Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles

It is a bit pricy, but if you love fresh ingredients and a great experience I recommend the location in Culver City for a romantic dinner setting outside under the stars.



Friday, June 7, 2013

How to make a Chocolate Tart

This week I was needing some chocolate in my life(who doesn't). So I used creme fraiche which is french for "fresh cream", and topped it off with melted bittersweet chocolate.  This tart has the sweet and tart pairings you are craving.

Chocolate Tart
melt in a bowl
1/2 milk in a pot till warm 
pour over
7oz. Bittersweet Chocolate
in a bowl
7 oz. creme fraiche
1 egg (yolk)
bake 325 for 20 mins
eat with ice -cream

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