Here we are, enjoying our kitchen.

La Cocina Blanca

Christmas Card 2014 Final

Left to right: Gretchen (with macaroni and cheese), MargieGarcia (the cat … the one holding the curried roasted salmon and cherry tomatoes dish) and Vic (with English peas). The flamingo? well, it’s a long story.

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Pancit! Lumpia! Adobo!

The first exclusively Filipino food restaurant I’ve been to in San Antonio. It’s on the opposite side of the city, but worth the drive for some authentic Filipino food. Next time, I’ll have the halo-halo too. Lovely family owns the place. And the silverware that you get is JUST the way they do it in the Philippines: fork and big spoon. No knife.

Does anybody have a recipe for pancit? I’d love to try it at home (I know it won’t taste the same as Lily’s) but it would be fun to try.

In the picture: the pancit is the noodley stuff in the front, the adobo is the meat in the back, and the lumpia are (is?) the little egg rolls.

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Coconut oil and onions

52 Recipes

Technically, this isn’t a new recipe for me, so I’m not counting it as one of my 52. Tonight I sautéed onions in organic virgin coconut oil (from Trader Joe’s of course). Yum. I’ve decided that from here on out, coconut oil will be a staple in the cupboard. Full disclosure: I didn’t have a clue about the specific benefits of coconut oil. I’ve just read a few things written by people who are wild about it.

Pictured here is the coconut oil in the 19th century cast iron frying pan on the Jetsons’ era cooktop.

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Friday nights during Lent: no kitchen required

On Friday nights during Lent we go to the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at St. Francis parish. So the kitchen project is perfectly timed for the Lenten season because we don’t use the kitchen on Friday nights anyhow. Tonight’s food was especially delicious … And so hot the server almost dropped the plates.

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City Meat Market, Winsted Minnesota

City Meat Market, Winsted Minnesota

This is an ad from my dad’s (Mark Peter Roufs) store in 1962. The newspaper at the time was the Winsted Journal, and Dad always had the lower left-hand corner of the back page, if memory serves me right. I love that my dad always referred to himself as “Prop.” (proprietor).

“Guaranteed Good” beef roast: 55 cents a pound. And the exotic halibut at 79 cents a pound! I think I’ll have to make a halibut recipe one of these days.

This is from the “Growing Up Winsted” page in Facebook.

5 reasons you shouldn’t leave home without your business card

A resolution that everybody should make is, “I will always have my business cards with me.”

 One of my biggest pet peeves is to hear somebody say, “I forgot my cards”, or “Oh, it’s here somewhere” (as they frantically dig in the bottom of their bag) or “I didn’t think I would need any business cards today”.

 Why does this matter? 

  1. A nice looking business card, presented with care, is a good way to start a business relationship. It’s your first opportunity to make a good impression.
  2. It would be inconvenient to have to write down contact information every time you meet somebody new. Plus, business cards don’t require wi-fi. 
  3. A business card is an inexpensive marketing piece for yourself and your organization. I think of mine as a mini-billboard.
  4. Some people are touchy-feely types and need a card as a visual reminder of meeting you.
  5. It’s good etiquette to give a business card to somebody who gives one to you.

According to LinkedIn editor Chip Cutter, the business card was king at a recent TED conference. He said nearly every conversation ended with, “Let me give you my business card.”    

While business cards might seem old-timey, they’re still important in person-to-person business transactions. Business cards are like comfort food: they’re not new or exotic, but they’re always welcomed and appreciated.