Damian Marley interview on Juice TV
Nothing better than homemade pinto beans and re-fried beans. I like to make a big batch to last the week, we eat a LOT of beans : )
In a 5 1/2 quart pot put small hand full of beans in the pot at one time, making sure there are no rocks. Then rinse the beans and add the water, garlic and chilies
Bring to a boil on medium high heat boiling for approx. 45 minutes or until water starts to evaporates and add more water then cook for another 45 minutes or longer still checking on water levels
* Add Sea Salt to taste AT THE END or they will be tough
Taste to see if soft, if so turn heat down to medium and add salt to taste and let cook for 5 more minutes to infuse salt
* It depends on how old the beans are as to how long it will take to cook, older beans will take longer
I used 2 – 3 whole dried chilies like new mexico, habanero, ancho or !0 arbol chiles in place of chile flakes and added a few more cloves of garlic
Remove the chilies
Leaving the water add olive oil to the beans then mash with a masher. I sometimes like to leave some of the beans whole
When the beans thicken up they are ready (if you feel they are to runny they will thicken up as they cool then you can reheat them)
Recipe – Approx – 10 – 12 Servings
This is a basic pasta dish, yet extremely flavorful with the slight spiciness from the chili flakes, to the luxurious olive oil wine sauce.
Dice the onion and mince the shallot and garlic
In a pan on medium heat add 2 – 3 tablespoon olive oIl, onion, shallots, and garlic
Saute until onions are soft and slightly golden
While onions are cooking cut broccoli into small pieces and steam until bright green and still crunchy. Boil water for pasta
When onions are soft add wine, chili pepper and salt then reduce until liquid is syrupy and set aside until water has come to a boil.
Cook the pasta
While pasta is cooking add the broccoli, 1/2 cup olive oil and chili flakes then cook on medium low heat, letting all the flavors combine.
Add pasta and stir thoroughly
Recipe - Serves 2 – 4
What is a Hydrosol? It’s a healing water and the by-product of the actual distillation process of essential oils. The highest quality Hydrosols are steamed in small batches of fresh floral and plant material, like flowers, leaves, roots, barks, stems and seeds for the production of Hydrosols only. Every drop contains the water-soluble active principles of the whole plant. There is a small amount of the essential oil about 5% retained in the water that disperse in an ionized form. They are just like essential oils but a milder form. They are not to be confused with floral waters which are waters with added essential oils.
What is the benefit of using a Hydrosol? The mildly antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and cooling properties are wonderfully balancing as well as rejuvenating to the skin, while the vitamins and minerals nourish. The waters are so full of nutrients and therapeutic properties, which make them great for all skin types and contain skin-soothing substances. The nutrients are also valuable to the scalp and hair.
How to store your Hydrosol? When not being blended with other products, they should always be kept in a cool dark place and in the refrigerator during warmer months.
Some of our favorites:
Basil - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Aging. Mild Tonic, Cleansing, Balancing, Free Radical Scavenger & stimulate new Hair Growth. Basil helps the active ingredients of other herbs to penetrate the Skin. Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Fungal.
Calendula - Sensitive & Irritated. Eczema, Refreshing, Healing, Skin Disorders, Epidermal Scratches, Scars, Abrasions, Rashes, Sunburn, Burns, Hotspots & All around Skin Tonic. Anti-Septic, Astringent, Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial & Anti-Inflammatory.
Cistus (Labdanum) - All Skin Types especially Wrinkles & Fine Lines. Tightening, Detoxifying, Helps Plump up Skin Cells, Cleansing, Healing for Wounds, Healing of Scar Tissue, Prevent & Stop Bleeding. It may also be effective in helping to Heal & Prevent Stretch Marks. Powerful Anti-Aging & strong Astringent.
Chamomile, German - All Skin Types especially Dry, Sensitive, Aging & Irritated. Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Soothing, Itching, Spider Veins, Burns, Improves Elasticity, Reduces Puffiness & Dark Circles. Powerful Anti Inflammatory, Anti Bacterial & Antiseptic.
Chamomile, Roman - Soothing, for All Skin Types especially Fair Skin, Sensitive, Inflamed, Oily & Acne prone. Toning, Calms Rashes, Great for Burns. Astringent & strong Anti-Inflammatory.
Clary Sage - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne and Congested. Balancing, Toning, Revitalizing, Improves Elasticity, Cell Regenerator, Reduces size of Pores, Dandruff & Hair-loss. Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory.
Cornflower - All Skin Types especially Dry, Delicate thin Skin & Aging. Eczema, Healing, Soothing, Toning, Firming, Hydrating, Disinfect Wounds, Eye wash for Tired & Puffy Eyes, Use for Dandruff, A Rinse for Pale Blonde, White & Grey Hair. Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent & Antiseptic.
Cucumber - Sensitive Skin. Healing, Soothing, Toning, Hydrating, extremely Refreshing, Cooling, Repairs Damaged Skin, reduces Fine Lines, reduces Pores, Strengthens Collagen, Elastin & Connective Tissue. Use in the summer as a crisp refreshing face & body spray. High in Vitamin C, High in Silica. Anti-Inflammatory.
Frankincense - All Skin Types especially Dry, Aging & Acne. Reduces Wrinkles, Hydrating, Toning, Lifting, Firming, Helps maintain Skin Elasticity, Refines Skin Texture & Helps fade Stretch Marks. Antiseptic
Helichrysum - Dry, Sensitive, Oily, Mature & Aging. Rosacea, Toning, Healing, Hydrating, Congested, Damaged & Helps to Heal Scar Tissue. Analgesic, Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Oily & Acne. Soothing, Aids Circulation, Opens Clogged Pores & Congested Skin. Anti-Bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Oxidant.
Lavender - All Skin Types, especially Sensitive, Damaged & Fragile. Very Cooling, Soothing, Balancing, Healing, Toning, Rejuvenating, Regenerative, Minor Burns & Rashes. Antiseptic & Anti-Inflammatory.
Lemon Balm/Melissa - Normal, Dry, Oily, Mature & helps combat Acne. Eczema, Nourishing, helps Dull Sluggish Skin, Rashes, Irritations & Sunburn. Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory.
Lemongrass - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Skin Irritations. Balancing, Toning, Very Refreshing, Invigorating & helps balance Oily Scalps. Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal & Analgesic.
Lemon Verbena - All Skin Types especially Dry & Combination. Hydrating, Cleansing & Clears Impurities. Astringent & Strong Anti-Inflammatory.
Lime - Oily. Soothing, Toning, Invigorating, Refreshing, Stimulates Circulation, Balances pH, Tightens the Skin, Minor Blemishes & Rejuvenating. Astringent.
Neroli (Orange Blossom) - Oily, Sensitive, Mature, Dull, Congested & Blemished. Balancing, Hydrating, Toning, Refreshing, Detoxifying, Cellular Regeneration & improves Elasticity. Astringent & Anti-Bacterial.
Peppermint - Oily, Acne & Blackheads. Cooling, Stimulating, Dull, Irritations, Itchy, Purifies Sluggish Skin & Pores. Antiseptic, Anti-Microbial, Mild Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory
Rose - All Skin Types, especially Dry, Sensitive & Mature. Toning, Hydrating, Regenerative, Retains Moisture, Tighten Pores, restores ph Balance, Refreshing to Tired Eyes & Reduces Broken Thread Veins. Mildly Astringent.
Rose Geranium - All Skin Types especially Dry, Combination, Sensitive, Irritated & Acne-prone. Helps relieve Rosacea, Hydrating, Nourishing, Very Balancing & Cell Regenerator. Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Aging.
Rosemary - Normal, Dry, Oily & Acne. Toning, Balances Oil Glands, Regenerates Cells, Detoxifying, Helps Unclog Pores, Stimulates Circulation, Maintains Hair Shine & Softness. Powerful Anti-Oxidant.
Sandalwood - Dry, Delicate, Oily & Acne. Helps relieve Eczema & Psoriasis, Balancing, Skin Disorders, Tired, Soothes Irritation, Protects Wounds, Sores, Pimples, Boils & Infections. Anti-Inflammatory.
Yarrow - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne, Inflamed & Irritated. Balancing, Toning, Soothing, Detoxifying & Stimulates Circulation. Since it contains silica, it helps promotes Tissue Repair, Scars & Helps reduce Varicose Veins. Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Strong Anti-Inflammatory
Ylang Ylang - All Skin Types especially Dry, Oily & Combination. Cell Regeneration, Restorative & Balances Moisture. Antiseptic, Analgesic, Antibiotic & Anti-Inflammatory
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This is a mild salsa, and very versatile. Use on burritos, tacos, quesadillas, in soups, add olive oil for a sauce like we did for our Poblano Cilantro Raviolis and Roasted Poblano White Bean Soup it’s also great on buttered toast or whatever you can come up with.
Recipe - 1 – 1 1/4 Cups
First Roast Poblano Peppers
Cut off stem and remove seeds add to food processor
Put onion in a pot of water and bring to a boil then cut in half and add to the food processor
Measure lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, sea salt, jalapeno or serrano peppers and garlic then put everything in the food processor or blender and blend until pureed
Poblano Peppers are extremely high in vitamin C; just one pepper has 95% of your daily value. They are great for your immune system; poblanos help reduce inflammation like in arthritis and asthma. They contain lycopene (a powerful antioxidant, giving many fruits and vegetables their color, especially tomatoes), which is great for the prevention of cancers in the bladder, prostate, cervix and pancreas. They are also helpful with increasing oxygen so the body can burn more calories 20 minutes after eating peppers.
Cilantro is an immune-booster that helps detoxify the body by loosening them from the tissue, binding to and pulling out toxins and heavy metals. It helps promote a healthy liver function and is an overall digestive aid. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help symptoms of arthritis and joint pain. It also helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar. It is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins (one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K), and dietary fiber.
Many years ago when I had my restaurant “Purple Rocks Art Bar & Cafe” a friend of mine gave me her grandmother’s recipe and they haven’t failed me since. These are so incredibly mouth-watering good!
Make sure the butter is at room temperature
Cream butter, sugar and pinch of salt in food processor or mixer
Add flour until well mixed
Pour out mixture onto flat surface, you can either form with hands or pour onto saran wrap using that to press together instead
Form dough into 2 flat disks, it’s a little tricky because it wants to crack apart, but this is what makes the cookies so flaky and good!
Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick, it will crack when you roll one way
Press the cracks down
Press the sides together closing the cracks. Sprinkle a little flour on top and roll it again it will still crack, just roll in all directions and it will seal itself up but you still might have to press it together.
Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice
Place on baking sheet and poke holes in them with a fork. Refrigerate for 15 minutes (this helps them keep their shape)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Baking time depends on the size of the cookies and where you live. The smallest ones took 9-10 minutes and the medium took 15 to16 minutes.
Make sure to keep an eye on them, pull them out of the oven before the edges turn golden brown, the bottom should only be slightly golden. When checking them while cooking be careful not to crumble them, as they are very fragile.
Be careful when transferring to cooling rack, they are fragile until cooled
Recipe: Makes approximately 20 medium sized cookies
* You can also dip half of the cookies in chocolate for a sweeter variation
Robby and I were craving some good Italian food and decided to try Aldo’s Italian Restaurant on the main strip in Santa Barbara (State St). I’m glad we went there, it was delicious and the service was perfect!
The building of Aldo’s is a historic landmark originally built in 1857. This building has quite a bit of history behind it, a great story you can read more about on their site!
We were lucky to sit right next to the fountain
As you know by now I am a sucker for outside seating and I loved the court-yard feeling
I enjoyed a glass of 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Babcock, Santa Rita Hills (Estate Grown)
Fettuccine Alfredo ~ “Tossed in Our Rich & Creamy Alfredo Sauce with a Hint of Nutmeg”
I can be a Alfredo snob and this one passed the test! I had them add Broccoli and it was sooo good!!!
Robby enjoyed his ~ Chicken Parmesan “Our Home Style Breaded Chicken Breast, Pan Fried & Topped with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Served over A Light Creamy Tomato Linguine”
1031 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Amore Vietato ~ Forbidden Love
This is one of my concoctions that was featured in Phoenix New Times “Chow Bella”
Muddle strawberries and cucumber’s in a glass tumbler, add gin, juices and ice, shake then double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry wrapped with a rose petal voila the perfect sweetheart drink
Forbidden Love Recipe: Makes approximately a 4oz Martini