Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Pork Chop With Romano Sauce

There is a wonderful restaurant here in North County that serves chicken with an amazing sauce.  I asked for the recipe but only got as far as the “ingredients”.  So I played around and came pretty darn close.  I used it with pork chops instead of chicken and it turned out really well.  The key is “arrowroot” as that is how I thickened it without using so much butter that an ambulance would show up at the door.  The sauce makes enough for chicken the next day.

FIXINGS:

  • 4 Pork Chops
  • 2 tablespoons – more or less olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Garlic chopped
  • 1 whole shallot – chopped
  • sprinkle of chili flakes
  • White cooking wine
  • Stalk of Rosemary – chopped  (NOT TOO MUCH)
  • 1/4 or so butter
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of half lemon – more or less (TASTE when cooking)
  • Salt and Pepper – I use Lawry’s for both
  • Arrowroot for thickening

PREPARATION

Heat medium pot on medium heat.  Add olive oil and heat well — then add and sautee garlic and shallots until softened.  Add sprinkle of Chili flakes and rosemary- cook for about minute.  Add white wine, reduce and simmer.  Add beef and chicken stock, butter and lemon juice to taste.  Season with Lawry’s Salt and Pepper.

In a separate pan heat olive oil and season pork chops with salt and pepper. Cook n pan for 4 minutes on each side.  I use pork chops with bone in as I like their flavor more than boneless.

Pour Sauce over chops.  Add Arrow Root as needed to thicken sauce.  Maybe a tiny bit more butter.

Call 911 –  KIDDING

For the potatoes I just used baby red potatoes — par boiled them will soften .  Then used cast iron skillet and put in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, crushed garlic clove, and threw in potatoes.  When they start sizzling I used potato smasher and smashed them until they turned crispy.  Sprinkled a little Rosemary and smashed some more.  They are amazingly delicious!!!

 

 


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HOME BUYING LIFESTYLE CRITERIA

Home buying criteria is changing with the new crop of home buyers demographic including more young families.  Buying a home in 2016 is much more than what a floor plan or kitchen layout has offers.  Buyers are much more concentrated on “where to live” and “how to live”.  As agents making ourselves familiar with the activities and what neighborhoods have to offer to a buyer gives us a deeper connection to those buyers as well as showing sellers that we “know” their neighborhood!  For example I have gotten to love and know North Park really well though it’s 20 minutes from my office.  It’s all desire and knowledge of the area and market.

As a “lifestyle” agent we are pioneering the path that not only exposes what the “home has to offer” but what the “area has to offer”.  As always schools are important to families, but also quick access to parks, can dogs walk there, where are the soccer fields, the closest BBQ restaurant and so very much more.  I once had a client that HAD to walk to a nail salon.  Took awhile and she had to walk a bit farther- but it happened.

We are lifestyle tour guides and knowing what an area has to offer when a property is being marketed for sale gives us a much larger connection not only to the home but to the lifestyle it offers!


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MIRA MESA CANYON VIEW HOME!

This Mira Mesa Canyon view home is located in neighborhood of Mirador Park on a private and secluded cul de sac lot.  The views of Pesnaquitos Canyon are unbelievable as are the night lights of the homes located on the Canyon hills offering twinkling night lights that go on forever.  In the background you see Black Mountain which is comprised of 2352 acres or Chaparral, Sage covered hills, ridges and canyons.  The hiking trail is 2.5 miles long.  It feels close enough to touch!

High vaulted ceilings and formal living and dining room face you when you enter the home as well as decorative high windows to bring in these views.  There is a bedrooms and full bath on main level perfect for multi generational family living.  Family Room and kitchen offers tumbled oversized tile flooring and the kitchen with Corian counters and updated appliances is neutral and ready for new owners touches.  Views are expansive for both rooms with doors leading out to patio and large yard. There is Marble fireplace in family room for chilly nights watching twinkling night lights.

Upstairs there is large Master Suite with additional sitting area presently used as office.  French doors lead out to designer rod iron framed deck with again amazing views.  Master Bath is bright and light and offers views everywhere!  Walk in closet as well as second closet available.  Two other bedrooms and large full bath are also on upper floor.  Three car garage offers ample storage.

Mira Mesa is one of best located zip codes in San Diego – close to La Jolla, the coast, as well as downtown and the airport.  Enjoy best of San Diego living!


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La Jolla “Horseshoe Beach” Ocean Front Condo

Located on one of the most pristine and private stretches of La Jolla beaches “Horseshoe Beach” just south of the village of La Jolla sits this magnificent ocean front condo.  Taken down to the studs this home was completed “rebuild” by the present owners.  The walls were literally “reshaped” to allow the over size openings framed by magnificent Crown Molding” which follows the theme throughout the home.  Walnut flooring as well as stone give a touch of sophistication yet maintain the coastal needs and feel!  Every cabinet in the home was designed specifically for that space and custom made by cabinet makers.  Electronic windows add to the ease of coastal living yet one touch of the finger brings in the walls of ocean and white sandy beach!

Three bedrooms with the Master and Secondary bedrooms offering ocean views.  Large Master Bath again with expanded walls, custom crown molding and beautiful stone and marble.  Third bedroom is ample and also offers a peak of the ocean.  Private patio – the only one available in the complex offers outdoor area for evening sunsets or morning ocean viewing.  Large enough to add outdoor dining space and again only one in complex.

Electronic windows, thermostatically controlled wine “wall” cabinets designed and built just for the home and so much more.  This is truly indicative of the very best in La Jolla Costal living!  Minutes from the village and directly on the sand.


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TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH TOUCH OF PORK!

I Have been making Turkey meatballs forever strictly because of the perception of turkey being a healthy alternative to beef!  They have always turned out great but I thought I might “kick” them up a bit!  I am a good “Home Cook” but secretly I have found a Marinara sauce from Cosco that is AMAZING!  White Linen Marinara Sauce.  It’s super easy when making a last minute meal! I’m a cooking snob and only use this when I’m too rushed to make a sauce.  But truly it’s “DELISH”!

Pre Heat 375 degrees

FIXINGS

  • 1 lb ground turkey – NOT extra lean as that taste like sawdust!
  • 1/4 lb Gound Pork.  Don’t ask me what’s in it – got it at Gelson’s – they don’t kill you!
  • 1 egg- whipped
  • About 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 brown or white onion – chopped fine
  • 5 garlic – minced (the five garlic rule of HomesnCooking)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup – grated Mozzarella-  Actually shredded bag kind is fine
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt – few shakes
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper – few shakes
  • Squirt of Tomato Paste

MIXINGS

Sautee the garlic and the onions until soft.  I find if I used them raw in the meatballs they turn out bit crunchy.  Great when eating carrot sticks – not so good on meatballs.

Let the mixture cool off a bit- then mix everything together until blended.

Wash your hands- important as keeps meatballs from sticking to your SKIN!

Spray large cookie tray with some Pam- no sticking!

Form meatballs – pick your size – see photo mine are about size of golf balls.  You KNOW what a meatball looks like!

Cook for about 30 minutes.  You can pick one apart to make sure they are cooked thru.  If smaller meatballs less time.  NO raw turkey for us!

Put into lasagna pan and cover with Marinara Sauce that has been pre heated.  Sprinkle with some diced Italian Parsley if you want to be totally fancy.

Serve immediately – DELICIOUS!  winner dinner! that can be cooked in less than an hour.  Serve with any kind of pasta that you like.  Or just as side dish with steamed veggies or salad.  Just keep quiet about the sauce:)