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Perfect timing is key in the kitchen

Catharine L. Kaufman

Like most things in life, timing must be perfect — and cooking, baking and food preparation is no exception. Slice an avocado prematurely and it’s hard and bitter, past its prime and it’s mushy and brown. A door slamming at the very scintilla of time when a soufflé is critically rising can convert the airy delicacy into a pancake, while a salad dressed too long before serving will limp into a soggy mound.

The Overwhelming Truth

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By Dr. Frank Carter We typically describe the feeling of being overwhelmed as the result of having too much to do and not enough time and energy to do it. And we think the way to solve this feeling is to simply think more clearly, or to think more and more and more. We are [...]

Outdoor chefs need ideas for cool summer sizzlers

Catharine L. Kaufman

Listen up, all manly outdoor chefs! It’s time to earn your grilling stripes by donning a kitschy machismo apron slugged with such slogans as, “WEINIES RULE,” along with transferring the heat, smoke, mess and heavy-duty implements to the backyard. Here are some cookout trends for your gustatory amazement on July 4th and throughout the summer.

What a boring summer job can do for you

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

My husband Olof’s parents and mine were similar in many ways and the one precept that they both held most dear was the intrinsic value of child labor. No job was too menial or too boring if it paid.

What your tastebuds tell about you

Catharine L. Kaufman

While savoring a fine meal, all five senses play a key role in the dining experience: Presentation gives us eye candy, aromas draw us in, textures and temperatures seduce the palate, and sounds like sizzling and chewing enhance the gustatory pleasures. But ultimately, flavor trumps all. Everyone has their favorite flavors and those they shun. Here’s a primer to help you appreciate your sense of taste, and understand what your preferences say about your personality.

Is a Luxury Watch a Good Investment?

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By Carl Blackburn When Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “time is money,” he was figuratively referring to business practices—but he could have literally been referring to timepieces. Just last month, a rare 1949 Oyster Perpetual model Rolex, which was expected to sell for between $570,000 and $1.13 million, sold for $1.2 million at a Christie’s [...]

June serves up National Ice Tea Month

Catharine L. Kaufman

A British exhibitor from the India Tea Commission laid a solid claim to the creation of iced tea. In 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, he wasn’t getting too many takers for hot brew on a sweltering summer day, so he poured it over ice and offered refreshing samples to attendees.

The secret life of Olof

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

I’ve known my husband Olof for a long time, so it was somewhat of a surprise to learn that he was masquerading as someone named Giselle who does outcall services. Fortunately, he’s recently retired as I do think this could have impacted, and not in a positive way, his security clearance.

Things I’ve heard through the grapevine

Catharine L. Kaufman

Plump, juicy grapes in rich royal jewel tones have invaded supermarket aisles and farmers market stands, piled high in luscious mounds. When you pop a cold one in your mouth, the sweet juices burst into thirst-quenching ambrosia.

The Exciting New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

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By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Here at Modern Home Systems, we couldn’t wait for the beginning of June because that’s when Apple showcased its new software and technologies at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). And, as usual, this year they didn’t disappoint; they unveiled their new mobile operating system iOS 8. If you [...]

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