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Recipes for the Recipe swap.

Brussels Sprouts: pre-shredding
Image by Thomas Cizauskas
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, diced

Toss Brussels sprouts with garlic, oil, salt, and pepper.
Roast at 400°F for 30 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring a couple of times.
Serve topped with gremolata.

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Artichoke, ready to eat!
Image by Thomas Cizauskas
After simmering the prepared artichoke upside-down for 20 minutes, and right-side-up for 20 more minutes, remove with tongs, and drain. Squeeze the juice of a lemon between the leaves. Sprinkle with Kosher salt.

To eat, remove a leaf from the artichoke bulb, dip in olive oil (or not) and scrape the meaty part off with your teeth. Discard the rest of the leaf. The inner leaves should be tender enough to be eaten whole.

Step 1. Trimming the leaves.
Step 2. Simmer upside-down
Step 3. Simmer right-side up.
Step 4. Eat the leaves.
Step 5. Preparing the choke.
Step 6. Removing the ‘hair.’
Step 7: Eating the choke.

Adapted from:
"How To Make (And Eat) A Perfect Steamed Artichoke"
Summer Tomato.

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Image by telepathicparanoia
sorry to keep posting salsas, but I keep altering the recipe a bit. saute garlic and onion in olive oil, add chopped tomatilllos (about 30 small ones in this batch), half a chopped tomato, and half a chopped and seeded bulgarian carrot pepper. cook down, adding water or stock as needed. finish with lemon juice, cilantro, and salt. mash with a potato masher or immersion blender to taste.

green smoothie (Vitamix)
Image by vigilant20 (דָרוּך)
A quart of green smoothie goodness to kick off another week of eating healthy and light for weight loss. Do you drink green smoothies? I’ve love to hear your favorites.

This is my usual: 1 part fruit juice, one part frozen fruit, one part greens (kale or spinach depending on the season)

Garlic and Galangal Beef Tips and Mashed Potatoes with Sesame Kale
Image by lyricsboy
Based largely on Beckzilla‘s Garlic Mashed Potatoes topped with Sesame Kale, I made this for dinner tonight. Here’s how:

While boiling the diced potato, I sautéed the kale in olive oil and sesame oil. Once the kale had mostly finished cooking, I added soy sauce and one clove of garlic and stirred those for a few seconds more. This was then removed to the plate, for future eating.

I then drained the potatoes and added a bit more olive oil to the wok with equal parts minced garlic and galangal, stir frying those until fragrant. Then came the beef tips which were sautéed until cooked through. I removed those to the plate with tongs, leaving the seasoning and juice in the wok for the potatoes.

Then the potatoes were stir-fried a bit and mixed with the spices and juice in the wok. Once they had soaked up everything, I put them in a bowl and added enough milk to make them have a nice consistency as I mashed them coarsely with the back of a slotted spoon.

After I put the potatoes on the plate, I took the picture you see here! So easy! I would say the start-to-finish cooking time was no more than 45 minutes, so pretty quick too!

Lessons Learned:

The kale acted like a sponge for flavor with all of its wrinkles. I would probably use a little less soy sauce if I were preparing this again.

Galangal (an Indonesian native of the ginger family, also known as Laos in Indonesia and Ka in Thailand) looks like a large and lightly colored ginger, with similar texture. The flavor, however, is more delicate and less spicy than its cousin. It made the potatoes have a very nice subtle flavor.

Altogether, the overly-seasoned kale blended well with the beef, which I didn’t use much flavoring on. I believe I also swirled the potatoes into the kale’s leftover juice toward the end.

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Campos do Jordão – Shopping Aspen Mall / Aspen Shopping Mall

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Campos do Jordão é um município brasileiro localizado no interior do estado de São Paulo, mais precisamente na Serra da Mantiqueira; faz parte da recém-criada Região Metropolitana do Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte, sub-região 2 de Taubaté.

A cidade fica à altitude de 1 628 metros, sendo portanto, o mais alto município brasileiro, considerando a altitude da sede.Distância de 173 km da cidade de São Paulo , 350 km do Rio de Janeiro e 500 km de Belo Horizonte. Sua principal via de acesso é a Rodovia Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro.

Campos do Jordão é um dos quinze municípios paulistas considerados estâncias climáticas pelo estado, por cumprirem os pré-requisitos definidos por lei estadual. Tal nomeação garante a esses municípios uma verba maior por parte do Estado para a promoção do turismo regional. O município também adquire o direito de agregar junto a seu nome o título de estância climática, termo pelo qual passa a ser designado tanto pelo expediente municipal oficial quanto pelas referências estaduais.

Campos do Jordão é chamada de "Suíça Brasileira", como estratégia de marketing, pela sua arquitetura tardia baseada em construções europeias e pelo seu clima mais frio que a média brasileira. Por isso, a cidade recebe maior quantidade de turistas durante a estação do inverno, especialmente no mês de julho.

É o município com a sede administrativa mais elevada do país, atingindo 1 628 metros acima do nível do mar, onde está localizada a prefeitura da cidade, e que pode variar para mais de 2 000 metros nos arredores do município. Está localizado no maciço da Serra da Mantiqueira, uma das mais elevadas cadeias de montanhas do Brasil. Possui uma área de 289,5 km². É constantemente visitado por turistas de todo o Brasil e até mesmo do exterior, que vão à localidade para gozar do clima de inverno.

Fonte: Wikipedia

Campos do Jordão (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈkɐ̃pus du ʒoɾˈdɐ̃w]) is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in southeastern Brazil. The population in 2003 was 47,903 inhabitants and the area is 290.27 square kilometres (112.07 sq mi). The city is situated 1,628 metres (5,341 ft) above sea level and is the highest city in Brazil.

The Mantiqueira mountains provide unique panoramic views, and the municipality’s region still has undeveloped old growth Atlantic Forest habitat. The endemic Brazilian Paraná pine (Araucaria angustifolia) is found here. There are numerous outdoor activities for tourists and winter residents. These include hiking, mountain climbing, treetop cable swings (arborismo), horseback riding, and ATV and motorbike riding. July, of winter season vacations, sees an enormous influx of visitors (more than quadrupling the city’s population), due in part to the winter festival of classical music.

Its attractions throughout the year include German and Swiss cuisine restaurants, bars, and a cable car. There are many pousadas (inns) and chalets. Also, in order to cater to the large number of visitors, several bars, lounges, discos and clubs open during the winter months.

A former state governor had a winter residence here, the Boa Vista Palace, which is now a museum in the city.

The city’s economy is based mainly on tourism; due to its location at high elevation in the Mantiqueira mountains, and traditional European-style architecture. Buildings are mostly vernacular architecture from German, Swiss, or Italian models. Many of the wealthiest residents in the state of São Paulo have winter country houses here.

Despite the high income of many visitors, the HDI (0.820 in 2004) of Campos do Jordão is not very high because the owners of the houses in the best neighbourhoods are not regular inhabitants; these houses are used only during the holidays. The city can be reached from São Paulo mainly by road through the Rodovia Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro. There is also a picturesque railroad from Pindamonhangaba, used mostly by tourists. At the end of the main road going through Campos do Jordão, there is a state park called Horto Florestal.

Source: Wikipedia

Shibu Onsen from Shibu Hotel, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture

Image by David McKelvey
Shibu Hotel is a charming Japanese ryokan situated in the old town of Shibu Onsen, Nagano. Many Japanese who love the good old times of Showa come to stay at our hotel. Nearby attractions include the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park (Wild Snow Monkeys) where bathing monkeys are spotted. Monkeys bathing during the winter are called Snow Monkeys and especially popular among tourists from North America and Europe. The park is closer from Shibu Onsen than from Yudanaka Onsen.

You can walk around in the town, wearing Yukata (light Japanese robe) even at night. We provide free pickup from the nearby Yudanaka station. Just call us on the day you are coming. We will be there. If you are leaving after 3:00 pm, we can drive you to the station. Source:
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Yamanouchi is a municipality in northern Nagano Prefecture with a variety of tourist attractions. The area’s Jigokudani Monkey Park draws many visitors because of its unique wild monkeys, who bathe in the park’s natural hot springs. The monkeys are not the only ones enjoying the water, as the nearby towns of Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen are centered around the bathing experience.

The largest ski resort in Japan, Shiga Kogen, is also located within Yamanouchi. One single ticket gives skiers and snowboarders access to dozens of runs, some of which hosted events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Shiga Kogen and other parts of Yamanouchi are part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, which offers hiking and other outdoor activities when there is no snow on the hills. Source: