Category Archives: HomesnCooking

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HOME SELLING DECLUTTERING!

At almost every Listing Presentation we are asked the same question.  Can you go thru our home and let us know what we need to do to make it more sale friendly?  Fortunately I am fairly good at this process and after many years feel completely comfortable assuring an owner that it’s NOT them or their home that is a problem it’s the premise that we are “selling space”!  Don’t get me wrong many homes are almost 100% “sale ready” but most are not.   When you have to navigate your way around furniture in a room the space has shrunk considerably!

We go thru life with large work out machines in our bedrooms, our family rooms, even the garage.  YES the garage can be a possibility but unless you are literally selling a GYM that machine in the bedroom needs to go!  I know it works well for hanging clothes on the handles of the Treadmill but after you “clean out” that closet you’ll have lots of spare room.   Another trick that’s a problem is stuffing everything in a closet that when opened will spill out at  buyer’s feet who is innocently looking at the closet space.  Not such a good idea.  And it has happened!  Having a pantry that is over run by expired cans of soup, yes again has happened.    If you really think about it clutter is a giant scream of chaos calling out to you.  Most of us (including me) just don’t think of decluttering  and organizing unless we are forced.  When you are getting ready to market your home it’s the forcing time!

Just take a good look from room to room and then start the process.  Do the dogs really need a dog bed in “every room”.  Remember when you go to your new home those beds can come out.  Is your coffee table stacked with books, magazine, candles, bowls.   Let me show you how you can make it a piece of art.  Are your kitchen counters piled high with spices, storage jars, vinegar etc.  It looks great to the home chef but those buyers that use their oven to store sweaters won’t “get it”.

So if you are ready to put your home on the market or just thinking about it all it , all it takes is one phone call to us and we truly can help!  Some clients that I just closed escrow with actually thanked me for showing them the tricks to make their “bed” look nicer.  Things that I take for granted as a professional can be hard for a client that is not into home decor!  We’re only a phone call away!   san-diego-coastal-homes.com


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SAN DIEGO HOUSING PRICES ON UPSWING!

Latest Real Estate VERY good news is that the San Diego housing market is still well positioned.  Scary as it seems we are literally outpacing national trends in sales!  The median home price in San Diego is now $475,000- obviously differs from zip code to zip code.  Its predicted we will have an increase in the next year if inventory continues to be low. However will be somewhat slower than this past year.  Great news for sellers – and good news for buyers as interest rates are never going to be this low again!  San Diego is literally the second highest market in affordability actually higher than Los Angeles.  Yes San Diego Housing prices are on an upswing!!!

Buyers need to BE READY to pull the trigger!!!  The right agent as well as the right “lender” will make the buying experience smooth in this high pace market.  If you talk to a lender that is NOT going to have the loan underwritten and funded locally RUN the other direction.  Getting pre approved by a credible lender goes miles in a market of “multiple offers”.  If you need a recommendation I have a great one!  Make this Real Estate experience one that as a buyer you have the upper hand in a highly competitive marketplace!

 

 

 

 


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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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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:)

 


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DEL MAR TORREY POINT ESTATES REMODELED OCEAN VIEW HOME

As agents we are fortunate when we sell homes to sometimes be able to watch the transformation that happens when a home is remodeled.  The owners of this Torrey Point Estates home purchased the property because of its location walking distance to Torrey Pines State Beach and of course the sweeping white water and night views from most of the rooms.  The buyer always wanted an beautiful bathroom to soak in a bubble bath and just relax in an luxurious setting under her chandelier!  Using the services of an Interior Designer you can see from the photos the amazing transformation from 1986 to 2015!  It’s magic!  A complete demolition was done and granite and marble finishes were brought in.  Custom cabinets were built to fit the bathroom’s exact measurements!  Designer mirrors and lighting frame the exquisite chandelier that hangs in the middle of the room!  Luxury next to the beaches of Del Mar,

Above the living room was enhanced by adding Espresso Maple Flooring and enhanced fireplace.  The  hardwood was combined with the slate flooring to add warmth to the color of the sea.   The entire home was updated with again professional Designer making sure that all the surfaces and floors incorporated the feeling of coastal living with supreme elegance.

when you see the photographs above you  can really understand the value that a home commands once it has been lovingly and professionally designed with attention to every detail considered!  Quality and location are two main ingredients when looking for the perfect home in coastal Del Mar.

Call for private showing and watch the crashing waves for yourself!  Just sitting In the living room with its warmth and style while looking at the waves of the Pacific will make you never want to leave!  California living at its best!


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Asparagus Risotto Topped with Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is a little time consuming because of the “stirring” of the Risotto – but honestly it is totally worth while as the result is just as good as any four star restaurant (in my opinion) and this is after only a little bit of wine while I stirred!

RISOTTO- INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small onion – chopped
  • About 12 thin asparagus – NOT the giant disgusting size.  If you absolutely have to use frozen.  I used fresh!
  • Use only the flowery part not the thick stems.
  • 2 Tablespoon EVOO
  • little hunk of good quality butter
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian Risotto rice
  • Container of Swensen’s Chicken Stock –  I use low sodium
  • 1/4 cup White Wine — Any kind – just NOT sweet (ugh)

FIXINGS:

Sautee the onion and asparugus in heated Olive Oil and Butter – about 5 minutes

Stir in the rice – stir until the white dot appears on the kearnel(s)   (yes you can see it)

Stir in the white wine — let cook down

Heat the stock until boiling — then keep “really” hot

Stir in about a cup of stock – stir stir stir

Keeping adding the hot broth into the mixture and stirring as you add, little by little because the rice needs to absorb the broth as it cooks.  Stir Stir Stir…. drink little wine….stir!

When the rice is cooked (it should not be neither too hard, nor too soft) take the saucepan off the heat flame.  I know it’s tricky to cook Risotto but the right texture makes ALL the difference between a good Risotto and a great Risotto.

At the end grate about four big “grates” of Parmesan cheese.  (Reggiano please)

Set aside and make shrimp

INGREDIENTS:(serving for two)

12 large shrimp-  devein- –   (mine had blue veins _ I do NOT know what those shrimp eat??)

Take lemon and give a good squeeze on top before seasoning

About 12-14 Cherry Tomatoes

1 large Shallot – chopped

5 Garlic – chopped

Magic Seasoning Salt – Prudhommes

Shake of Red Pepper

2 tablespoons EVOO

Hunk of good quality butter

FIXINGS

Heat Butter and Olive Oil

Add shallots and Garlic and sauté 5 minutes – Add Cherry Tomatoes for a couple of minutes

Season Shrimp with Seasoning Salt – Watch the “heat” –  taste with your finger as you shake

Add some seasoning pepper if you want a little more “punch”

Add shrimp and sautee

Finish with little pour of white wine and a shake of Red Pepper

YES you can taste the sauce and season to “taste”—

Serve over bed of Asparagus Risotto

AMAZINGLY GOOD !!!  Are you hungry yet???


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San Diego Gaslamp 2 Bedroom View Trellis Condo

This San Diego 2 Bedroom Trellis Condo is located right in the heart of the Gaslamp District walking distance to the San Diego Convention Center which hosts world famous ComicCon, the Wharf, Petco Park, popular restaurants including Nobu (Hard Rock) and Donovans one adjacent and one in building,  shops and all downtown has to offer.  Located on the seventh floor the views of Petco are immediate from the great room as well as the private patio area which is covered and perfect for intimate dinners.  Crown Molding surrounds the Great Room adjacent to the stainless steel and granite kitchen,  Separate Bedroom suites are perfect for privacy and look out to the city views.  Hardwood throughout adds that touch of sophisticated downtown living!  Building boasts state of the art gymnasium, community outdoor spaces and BBQ area, secure parking for two cars and washer and dryer inside the unit.

Experience San Diego at its very best when you live at The Trellis.  Right outside your door is the gateway to one of America’s finest cities.   AVAILABLE FOR SALE $495,000.


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SOLANA BEACH SANTA FE HILLS AMAZING LOT HOME FOR SALE!

Nestled among California Native Landscaping sits this beautiful single level home in Santa Fe Hills offers one of the most amazing lots in the neighborhood.  There is 12,300 square of property with home surrounded by beautiful plants, river beds, and blooming fruit trees.   The Solana Hills property offers four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  Both bathrooms updated and pristine.  A magnificent sky light is located in Family Room and kitchen areas drenching rooms with sunlight.  French Doors lead out to the magnificent yard and custom overhang that offers protection for those California Sunny days!  An above ground vegetable garden and gazebo add character to already fabulous yard.

Master is large and opens up to the outdoors and offers a European Style bathroom with Single Owned Solar System panel linked to water heater.  In Master Bathroom button next to sink can be pushed to circulate hot water immediately.  Secondary bedrooms are large and just need closet doors as two rooms used for mother in law suite.  Beautiful custom door separates the bedrooms.

The kitchen with custom tile has newer appliances and Maple Wood Floors and a Custom Beautiful China Closet built especially for the home.  Again kitchen is pristine and move in ready!

Details such as sloped driveway for rain to go directly to underground pipe and street, great storage, Solar Tube in Secondary Bathroom, Owned Solar System and so much more make this property a special space in Solana Beach.  Minutes from the beach and Village of Del Mar !  Call for additional information!


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