Lemon Bar Recipes

A recent family request for recipes has my mouth watering. Following are some of my favorite recipes for tart, tangy, mouth puckering Lemon Bars. Classic takes, a lite version, and an inspired variation with grapefruit from a contest blogger. Enjoy

Dulce de Leche Bacon, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Magic Bars | LoveFeast Table

 dulce de leche magic bars

(Lately all I keep coming across are bacon recipes! I had to pass this one on, salty and sweet. Enjoy! Shelly)

Stop my beating heart!!!  Chocolate, bacon, coconut, almonds, dulce de leche!!!

What more could you ask for in a cookie?

This recipe seemed pretty doable.  It seemed straight forward until I realized my local grocery store doesn’t carry dulce de leche.  So, as I’m standing there in the refrigerated isle,  I pulled out my phone (I love modern technology!) and googled dulce de leche recipes.  At the top of the screen was Alton Brown’s recipe.  Being as we are huge fans of Alton Brown, I quickly scrolled the recipe and gathered the necessary ingredients.

This week in San Diego history: Beatlemania

Aug. 28: In 1965, the Beatles played Balboa Stadium in San Diego before 17,000 fans. The band requested and received three portable TV sets, two tubs of fried chicken and a portable piano. Read what else they enjoyed backstage, the 12 songs the band played in 31 minutes and more here.

Fun quote from that story about the fans who kept trying to jump a 4-foot-high fence set up around the perimeter of the field and the 150 police officers who stopped them:
"There were all kinds of cops who were chasing the kids down, one by one, and tackling them. I think the cops were probably better than the Chargers were in those days."

Garden Update: Tomatoes and Basil Galore - The Bitten Word Blog

An Update on Our Backyard Garden (Repost)


We came in from the garden this morning with a handful of tomatoes. That, friends, is something to celebrate.

You see, the cycle of boom and bust continues in our garden. In the month since our last update, we've had substantial growth and a few losses, too.

Let's start with the positive.

The good news is that we have tomato and basil plants galore. The basil is especially doing well -- the plants are huge and no matter how much we pick, there always seems to be more. We have Thai, Genovese, Fine Herb and Purple varieties, and they're all doing well. So now our challenge is to use it. We've been tossing it into all sorts of dishes, making vinaigrettes and pestos (or at least pesto-like sauces). Before long, we'll likely harvest a bunch and freeze it for use this winter.

Bacon on Apple Pie? Maple Bacon Donuts? Yum!

Tasty Trials: Not your grandma’s apple pie

I’m not entirely sure either of my grandmothers even made apple pie. My mom tells me that she remembers her mother making the occasional apple pie for my grandfather, and if it was for him, that explains why I never saw any. He was known for hiding his pies from people. Not even his adorable granddaughter (that would be me!) could finagle a piece out of him.

So, although I don’t know what my grandma’s pie actually tasted like, here is how I imagine it:

Ice Box Dessert images to beat the heat, Enjoy!

Mango-Grapefruit Palomas - Antojitos cookbook « Katie at the Kitchen Door

These mango-grapefruit palomas might be the best drink I’ve ever tasted. Which may not be that convincing, coming from someone who has just graduated from Franzia, Busch Light, and Pink Panty Punch, but my parents agreed that it was great, and they have considerably more experience. I couldn’t find the mezcal (a single-distilled tequila) that the recipe calls for, but regular tequila works just fine.

Memories of My Favorite Old Local Movie Theatres Growing Up

Fashion Valley Four
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor (looked a lot like the Northridge loc. above)
I have so many great memories of this place. Birthday photos with the flocked wall paper.
I hear they are headed for a comeback!

My Favorite Old Department Stores/Malls from the 70's

Following is a list of my favorite department stores and malls growing up in Mission Hills.

The Akron, closed 1985, remember "The Maven" for a quick bite?

Dining: Local Habit | On my must try list

While walking my dogs at Dusty Rhodes dog park in Ocean Beach, I met the chef's wife of the restaurant Local Habit in Hillcrest. We both have new rescue dogs. The following day I noticed this new review in the SDUptown. After the post I included some links to past articles, yelp reviews etc. Comment back if you go or have been. Sounds yummy.

Brown Rice Rice Pudding from Joy the Baker

Brown Rice Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Rice Pudding

Update: I made Chocolate Brown Rice Flan Pudding and its amazing. I will post the recipe asap. Its in the refrigerator cooling and taking on the chocolate taste of Navitas Naturals organic cacao powder. This would also be great using Ibarra Mexican chocolate with cinnamon flavors. Fall is on the way.

Memories of Mission Hills: The Fox Theatre Downtown, Video

I grew up loving the Fox Theatre in Downtown, San Diego. I saw Escape from Witch Mountain, Herbie the Love Bug, the Broadway musical Annie and my last memory was Devo concert at The Fox Theatre, 07/09/80. Today Im including some history and pics from one of my fav memories from growing up in Mission Hills. I also liked going to the sporting goods store Stanley Andrews on 2nd and Broadway.

The Fox Theatre opened in San Diego at the heyday of the silver screen era in 1929 with a huge contingent of stars arriving in their limousines to celebrate the beautiful addition to downtown San Diego. After World War II, the Fox stood silent. The San Diego Symphony acquired what was the Fox Theatre in 1984 at an initial cost of $7.5 million and renovations began performed by the same company that built the original theater. Video after the jump.

Making It Easier, But Not Safer, to Cross into Balboa Park - voiceofsandiego.org: Survival

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Kate McGraw and Alex Oat walk McGraw's dog across Sixth Avenue, where a curb cut leads the way into the busy road.

From the Reporter
What’s New
Improved curb ramps on the western perimeter of Balboa Park now make it easier for disabled pedestrians to get in and out of the park along busy Sixth Avenue.

The Problem
The city installed the upgraded ramps to comply with disability laws. But it does not plan to install other improvements, like stop lights or crosswalks, that would actually make them safer to use.
What Advocates Want
Pedestrian advocates want the city to do more to improve pedestrian safety on Sixth Avenue along Balboa Park, which has only four crosswalks across a span of 16 city blocks.

It's common for impatient pedestrians to do what Alex Oat and Kate McGraw did Monday afternoon. Standing on the western edge of Balboa Park, they stepped into Sixth Avenue and crossed the wide, busy four-lane street at an unmarked intersection. Sixth Avenue runs alongside Balboa Park for more than a mile — that's 16 city blocks — but has only four crosswalks.

Crossing at one of the unmarked intersections is more dangerous, yes, but for able-bodied women like Oat and McGraw, also more convenient than walking two blocks to the nearest traffic signal.
Now there's good news for the wheelchair-bound, visually impaired, or otherwise handicapped who want to do the same. San Diego's traffic department has just replaced old curb ramps along the park's western perimeter with new, wider ones at each of those unmarked intersections. The new curb ramps were installed to make it easier for the handicapped to get into the street to cross in order to meet federal and state disability laws.

But the city has no plans to make other improvements, like stop lights, stop signs or crosswalks, that would make crossing the street at those wide intersections safer for disabled pedestrians, improvements that pedestrian advocates have long sought on Sixth Avenue.
Bill Harris, a traffic department spokesman, said the city's decision to forego crosswalks was a deliberate one, based on traffic engineers' belief that painting them at those intersections — which lack stop signs or traffic signals — could actually make crossing more dangerous. They would give pedestrians a false sense of security, engineers say, and make them less likely to look for oncoming cars before venturing into the street.

"By not putting crosswalks in we're keeping people more aware of their surroundings and letting them make a decision about whether to cross," Harris said. "If someone with mobility issues wants to cross the street, we want to make it easier. But installing two white lines is not related to that."
And installing new stop signs or signal lights would interrupt the flow of traffic, which the city does not want to do on that busy corridor.

There is disagreement over whether painting crosswalks at intersections like those along Sixth Avenue — ones that don't also have signal lights or stop signs — makes crossing safer or more dangerous for pedestrians. Traffic engineers still cite an influential 1970s study in San Diego that found more pedestrian accidents in intersections painted with crosswalks than in those without them.

But the newly replaced curb ramps illustrate what advocates say is a broader problem in the effort to improve pedestrian safety in San Diego. In this case, the city has complied with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to aid mobility for disabled people without making other improvements that would actually make the ramps safe to use.

"This is a piecemeal effort to improve pedestrian safety," said Kathleen Ferrier, a planner with the pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Diego. "ADA is required by federal law but those improvements are being done out of sync with other improvements to calm traffic along those corridors."
For years, local advocates have been calling for broader pedestrian improvements along Sixth, Fifth and Fourth avenues in Bankers Hill, streets with bustling pedestrian traffic but also heavy car traffic from drivers trying to avoid congestion on nearby State Route 163.

A 2005 study commissioned by the Uptown Partnership, a group formed to address uptown parking issues, recommended eliminating a lane in each direction along Sixth Avenue and installing curb pop-outs that reduce the distance that pedestrians have to cross to get to and from Balboa Park.
Harris didn't immediately know the fate of that study's recommendations. But he said Sixth Avenue is one of Bankers Hill's main north-south thoroughfares, with fast-moving traffic that the city would not want to interrupt.

"We just want traffic to flow more regularly on that street," he said. That is why the city hasn't moved forward with installing more traffic signals, he said, even at intersections like those that now have new pedestrian ramps to guide the disabled across four busy lanes of traffic.
Ferrier said more improvements were needed.

"We would like to see a more comprehensive approach to pedestrian safety, especially as it relates to improvements cited in the 2005 report," Ferrier said. "These improvements would not only support comments from the community but also the city's recently adopted General Plan," which emphasized more sustainable, walkable neighborhoods.

Harris said the traffic department was interested in hearing recommendations to improve pedestrian safety, though he said walking a couple of blocks to get to the nearest crosswalk was a reasonable tradeoff to keep car traffic flowing freely down Sixth Avenue. The city still recommends crossing at marked intersections, Harris said.

Many pedestrians choose not to do that, though. On Monday, Charlie Offenhauer, a 96-year-old Bankers Hill resident, was inching across an unmarked intersection at Sixth Avenue and Nutmeg Street. Walking to the nearest crosswalk would have taken him two blocks out of his way.
"I'm very traffic-concerned," he said after crossing.

Then again, he's from New York City. Where he comes from, he said, pedestrians just wait until the traffic clears, and go.

Sam Hodgson contributed reporting to this story.

Adrian Florido is a reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. He covers San Diego's neighborhoods. What should he write about next?

Contact him directly at adrian.florido@voiceofsandiego.org or at 619.325.0528 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/adrianflorido.

San Diego Reader | "Plundering Historic Plaques" by dorianh

Owners of historically-designated homes in Uptown are on the lookout for thieves. The thieves are not the run of the mill hoodlums but instead are run of the Mill's Act burglars.

The thieves are ripping off gold plaques from historically designated homes. Last week, historic plaques were torn from pillars in front of four homes in the Inspiration Heights district of Mission Hills. The thieves also snatched plaques from two homes along Fort Stockton Boulevard and one from the Griswold Building at the corner of Washington Street and Goldfinch.

Mission Hills isn't the only neighborhood that has reported the plundering of plaques.

"Historic plaques have also been stolen from homes in Burlingame and from other older San Diego communities, not to mention the thief of plaques in Presidio Park," reads the warning sent out by community organization, Heart of Kensington.

"There appears to be a mini-crime wave targeting our historic communities and our historic markers."

San Diego Reader | "Plundering Historic Plaques" by dorianh

Video: Historic Markers Stolen From Mission Hills Pillars - Print This Story News Story - KGTV San Diego

Markers Stolen Are 102 Years Old (see link for video)

A piece of history in Mission Hills is gone after four century-old bronze markers were taken from two pillars earlier this week."I was ticked off," said Allen Hazard, a Mission Hills homeowner and local historian.Hazard said he still can't believe the markers were taken from the pillars on Sunset Boulevard near Alameda Drive sometime Monday evening or Tuesday morning.The name on the markers -- Inspiration Heights -- was the name of a new subdivision in 1909.In one old drawing Hazard showed 10News, the pillars with the markers were used in a brochure to attract buyers."It appears they were yanked out, possibly with a crowbar. I think Mission Hills and the Uptown area has been robbed of a key part of our identity and history," said Hazard.The thief or thieves may have a history of targeting history."I heard a loud thud just before I was going to bed," said resident Sean-Xavier Neath.In late June, a few blocks away, the homeowner looked outside around midnight and saw a man running to a car carrying garbage bags. The man apparently stole the homeowner's plaque designating his historic home. The plaque is made of bronze alloy, which includes copper. The thief would also take two other plaques.Homeowner Bobby Sparks had a plaque stolen from his home."It feels like a violation. Someone coming in and jacking your plaque off your home," said Sparks.Hazard said, "102 years of history is gone for someone to get a couple hundred bucks. That's outrageous."Police are looking into a possible connection between the two strings of thefts.It is believed the markers were stolen for their scrap value.As for the historic home plaque, one homeowner paid more than $700 for his.

Historic Markers Stolen From Mission Hills Pillars - Print This Story News Story - KGTV San Diego
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