Monday, February 26, 2007

Recipe of the month

Rice Salad with Arugula

serves 8.

2 cups basmati rice
3 cups chicken broth
5 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bunch arugula, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 green onions, sliced thin
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded chicken (optional)

Cook rice in broth, approximately 20 minutes. Fluff with fork and put in large bowl. Mix in oil and then add rest of ingredients. Serve at room temperature.

This recipe came from my favorite cookbook:
Sausalito ~ Cooking with a View
Favorite recipes from the Sausalito Woman's Club

The recipe from the book did not have chicken in it, but I add chicken (Jay always shreds it for me) and I serve generous portions, to make this the main entree. Everyone really loves this quick and easy to make dish. It usually surprises people, how good the flavors are together. Use a nice tasting olive oil. I always use more olive oil and more parmesan cheese than the recipe suggests.

Jess and Kate - this recipe is for you.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sunday, February 18, 2007

One of my dreams has come true

As an adult, I've always wanted a dog. After Jay and I were together, I thought that dream would never be able to come true because he has allergies to cats, horses and most dogs. The dogs that are supposed to be really hypo-allergenic are poodles or they look like poodles and there's no way Jay would be caught dead with an animal that looked like that. Not too long ago we started hearing about a couple of people with allergies that had whippets and their allergies did not bother them. Jay saw a photo of one and thought it looked cool. That was all I needed to hear.

I found a 2-yr old dog whose owner wanted to place him in a home because he didn't get along with her standard poodle (the irony). I started renting The Dog Whisperer on Netflix, and we really liked that and felt kind of prepared (to be strong and stable pack leaders, give regular exercise, and affection when it's earned).

3 weeks later, we drove to Santa Rosa to meet Sterling (whom we may rename Devo), and it seemed right to us to bring him home. 2 and 1/2 days later, we are all getting over our shock and having a good time. We want to make sure we do treat him like a dog, and not a baby or human, per Cesar Milan.

He is awfully cute and the best part is that Jay loves him and has had no problems with his allergies. When I saw Jay coming home with him this evening from a walk, I felt great.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Palo Alto

I used to live and work in Palo Alto.

I worked in the venture capital industry and learned to love road biking. I eventually got bored of the town, feeling it was so...homogenous. During my last few months working there, I took walks at lunch and found some interesting modern homes. I had to go to Palo Alto recently and took photos of a few of them.

Then I saw the home above, and was reminded of all that Palo Alto used to enclave for students & professors, beatniks, a folkie music scene and the 'official' birthplace of Silicon Valley.

A few tidbits:

* One of the Grateful Dead's earliest Palo Alto gigs, on Dec. 11, 1965, came seven days after they first performed as the Grateful Dead. Held in a metal warehouse on Homer Street, west of the railroad tracks, the event at the "Big Beat Club" was one of Ken Kesey's Acid Tests. Garcia was widely acknowledged to be among the best musicians in Palo Alto's folkie scene, which was a thriving one, due in large measure to the many clubs, coffee houses and other musician's hangouts in proximity to Stanford University. "There's this crowd of Beatniks down in Palo Alto called The Kepler's Crowd." Keplers has enough beatnik history to rival some of the best-known bookstores in San Francisco and Berkeley. In the early 60s, it was a literary scene. The hip scene was more into literature than any other one thing.

* Lindsay Buckingham was born in Palo Alto & met Stevie Nicks at Menlo Atherton High School.

* Joan Baez and Grace Slick were both class of 1958 at Palo Alto High School.

* 367 Addison Avenue - A simple garage is often called the "birthplace of Silicon Valley." Of course, in 1939, it was the first location where David Packard and William Hewlett worked to develop what would become the HP conglomerate.

* The Donnas were formed in Palo Alto.

* The Steves - Steve Jobs and Steve Young live in Palo Alto. Steve Jobs gave an excellent commencement speech at Stanford University in 1995.

* Stanford University, famous for such drop-outs as Tiger Woods, Steve Ballmer, John Steinbeck, and the founders of Yahoo! and Google.

* Eadweard Muybridge was commissioned by Leland Stanford to study the motion of horses. The study was done at Stanford's estate, before the property became Stanford University. With his groundbreaking technique of stop-action photography, they discovered that all four legs of a running horse were indeed off the ground at the same time. The technological advances from this experience led to the birth of the motion picture industry.

* Palo Alto is the first California Green Power Community Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. As of 12/19/06 nearly 4,300 households and 130 businesses have enrolled in the program.

* The pill and the computer mouse were invented in Palo Alto.

* Finally, if it weren't for Palo Alto, Jay and I may have never met. I worked at Sevin Rosen Funds, above the Palo Alto Bike shop, where Jay worked on Saturdays. I often brought the bike shop our leftover catering from our Partner lunches on Mondays. One Monday Jay was there subbing for someone, and I handed him the tray of food. I don't remember it, but he remembers. A few months later, I invited the bike shop to a blues show in San Francisco where my brother played, and the guys at the shop told Jay about it. We sat next to each other, talked and danced, and the rest is history.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Mom's house

Coles residence on Graceland Avenue, San Carlos circa 1949

The house in the background is the house my Mom grew up in. When she got married to my Dad and had me and my brother, we moved all around the U.S., always returning to this house for summers or Christmas. Now that her parents are gone, Mom lives here again. It is such a good house and she continues what it was built for, to store a lot of laughter, love and joy.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I'm a nerd

I used to love watching this video and envied her hair. Don't they look so positive? If you can stand it, look how cute the very ending is!

I also used to love Jody Watley videos and Rick Astley videos, around the same time. I liked some cool stuff too, but this is about me being a nerd.