Easy peasy homemade yogurt in four simple steps

My family has been making yogurt at home for generations, and homemade yogurt is the thing I miss most when we are traveling. When my parents moved to the US in 1991, my dad came first and my mom followed with 3-year-old me and my 5 month old sister. They had to pack their life into a few suitcases, leaving everything familiar behind. This was well before the internet and decades before smart phones or Skype. One of the most valuable things my mom was able to bring with her was a small container of yogurt so that she could continue the tradition of making yogurt at home.  The culture that she brought in 1991 lives on to this day, and every time we would go on vacation she would allot yogurt into little containers and hide them in the back of the fridge and freezer so at least one would still be good when we returned home.  She has shared her yogurt starter with friends and family, and it lives all over the country and world.  If my mom made yogurt 3 times a week for the last 24 years, we are talking about over 3,700 generations!  Those are some crazy heirloom cultures!

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Sunday night musings

Things over here went from crazy to crazier before calming down this week.  Last week I was in New York for orientation for a new job (woot woot!) and it was so much fun to be there for so much time, but it was also incredibly busy and overwhelming at times. Being away from home and my babies for a whole week was tough, and I am so happy to be back home in beautiful LA.

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the view walking to our car from the farmer’s market today.

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Puppy love and farmers market spoils

This week’s farmer’s markets were out of control, literally exploding with every kind, color, and shape of produce.  California, you have outdone yourself again!  One farm was offering 10lbs of heirloom tomatoes for $20…needless to say I have a lot of capreses, salsas, and sauces in my future.

organic tomatoes at the farmers markets

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Kumquat marmalade

R came back from a friend’s home (Hi, Andrew and Brian!!) on Saturday with a huge bag of kumquats he had picked from their tree. I love kumquats, but eating them raw gives me a stomachache and so I decided to try to make a real marmalade.

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Portraits of America and an update


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Things have been hectic around here to say the least, we were traveling internationally, switching jobs, and helping my sister move. Phew! We have a little bit of down time after about a month, and hopefully things will settle back into their normal routines around here.

One of my good friends, Diana, featured me on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Diana and her boyfriend quit their jobs about 18 months ago, and have been traveling and blogging about their experiences ever since! I feel like you often hear about people who are able to completely change their lifestyle and travel full time, but I always wonder how they really make it work. Diana and Ian share all these experiences, complete with tips on how you can incorporate such changes into your life on their two blogs. The first is North to South and is their travel blog, the other is Stylish Travel Girl where Diana is creating a community of stylish women travelers.

I was featured in a series she is doing called “Portraits of America,” along with another friend of ours, Maya. We had SO much fun spending an afternoon taking photos in the mountains of Simi Valley. Here are a few of the photos from the shoot, and head over to Diana’s blog for even more pictures!

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Jewel tone jams

The best part of being part of a CSA is the constant stream of deliciousness that comes to our front door every Thursday.  The hard part is keeping up with all the fresh and unfortunately perishable produce we get every week.  We got kumquats a few weeks ago and I immediately snacked on a handful. I love their tangy sweet taste, but eating too many kumquats straight gives me a stomachache.  After my first stomachache, they languished in the fridge for a while and I felt guilty every time I looked at them.

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Puppy love

This week Imli is the star of the show.  Happy Friday!

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Imli, happy

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Pickled carrots and jalapeños

I had never eaten at a taco truck, and had no idea what I was missing, before I moved to LA. One of my favorite things about taco trucks is the array of salsas, I am the person who gets a tiny container of every single salsa to make sure I’m not missing out on any deliciousness.  I am also obsessed with the pickled carrots and jalapeños they always have, but I had always assumed there was some special magic that would make them impossible to recreate at home. Well I have good news, they are surprisingly easy and just as delicious when you take the time to make them at home. 

 pickled jalapeno recipe

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