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Garlic, Artichoke, and Arugula Stratta

This recipe is excellent when you are “cleaning” out the pantry. Great when some old bread and old salad bags (spinach or arugula) are ready to be switched for some new/fresh stock.

This version is vegetarian. If you want to make it, what I call, “husband-friendly” I suggest adding bits and pieces of some bacon crumbled on top.
Bake the bacon, simultaneously, on a sheet pan. (Take out a few minutes early and drain on some napkins – If you don’t have a wire/drain pan thing. Obvioulsy, I don’t, because I don’t even know what it is called. blush*)

Brunch is served. ūüôā




Garlic (The kind that is pre-minced in a jar)
Better than Eggs
Defrosted and drained Frozen Artichokes
Arugula (The kind that comes in a bag pre-washed/chopped)
(I Can’t Believe it’s Not) Butter
Salt and Pepper
Cheese – Any kind you like I used Parmesan and American

Butter a shallow baking pan
Cover the bottom with sliced sourdough
add about two layers of Arugula and Artichokes
Scoop and spread a couple of tablespoons of minced garlic (I did about 3, I love garlic!)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pour some Better eggs over the mixture and top with your cheese.
Throw in 375f degree oven for 20 – 35 minutes. The eggs should be fluffy, cheese melted, and slightly toasted.


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Super Easy Caprese Salad



You’de have to be absolutely allergic to kitchen techniques if you were to completely screw up this salad.

Super easy. (Did I say that already?) Goes great with burgers and french bread.


Fresh Mozzerella 

Fresh Basil

2 Ripe Roma Tomatoes

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

(Capers, Olives, Baslamic Vinegar, or Anchovies optional)

Chop, drizzle, sprinkle, and serve. The real trick is to use excellent quality olive oil, the best mozzarella you can find, and fresh ripe tomatoes.

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Welcome to the “Must-List”

Everyweek, as a part of my SF Beauty Writer column, I am going to showcase one fabulous individual and their 5 must-have,  shoot-up-a-public-place-if-they-discontinue items that they use, are willing to share, which I will expose world-wide on the San Francisco Examiner website and here, on Makeup and Chocolate.

To get things started, I’m going to lab test my own personal must-5 list, right here, right now, with no holding back¬†and in no particular order.¬†¬†Relax and layback as you read and discover the truth about my mere mortal needs, like Superman to his Kryptonite, I would crumble into¬†a hot mees¬†with out these 5.


1. Pur-mineral’s Mineral Brow Perfection:¬† I have very little brows and the very little¬†that I do have, like to go in every which way they can. This ingenious creation (which¬†I have¬†religiously¬†used for the last four years) has helped me create the most perfect arch to frame my eyes with.¬†It is¬†the¬†easiest and most fool-proof way, my four year old could probably¬†do it.¬†With a handy stiff¬†brush,¬†trace your¬†brow¬†w/wax (against the grain of your brow hair growth)¬†and then¬†trace again (with the grain this time) using the universal¬†powder¬† (spot applying¬†in the sparser, tweeze-fever created areas)¬†– and wala!¬† You have the most perfect eyebrows that would make even Marlene Dietrich envious. I swear to you, it is that easy, and it is that fabulous. I’ve changed many-a-lives for the better with this handy little thing.


2. American Apparel Unisex¬†V-neck shirt in black. This is my life uniform. I worked, cleaned, slept, and partied¬†relying on ¬†this keeper as my go-to outfit.¬†I may own¬†double-digits of them. (Buy them¬†in bulk through Ebay, I kid you not.) They go with anything/anywhere. A¬†birthday¬†party, a special preview¬†showing at the Embarcadero theatres,¬†even the SF’s swankiest Union St. bar (and you are not single, mid you.). With blue jeans, to black skinnies, to slacks,¬†to¬†24/7¬†leggings, sky-high stilettos,¬†and slouchy¬†boots. My days of “I have nothing to wear” were over when these¬†wardrobe¬†miracle¬†entered my life.¬†The color and seam¬†also allows for fool-proof accessorizing.




3.My Canon Poweshot: Just sayin’. With a rapidly¬†growing son and a crazy lifestyle –¬†I love it and I get great professional-like¬†results almost every shot, when I need it most. If I want to buy something, want to remember to write something, or are just plain feeling photographerish, I whip this baby-out and it acts like my recorder, notepad, and memory all in one. Now I just gotta get the balls to start creating some tutorials. Still workin’ on growing some¬†ball for¬†that.



2n_1284. MAC Viva Glam IV РJust the smell of MAC lipstick instantly perks up my mood but this not too simple and not too loud shade is perfect for daily-use,  my skin tone, and stands for a great cause.

5.¬†Tejava¬†– Since I learned that my overuse of coffee and analgesics were aleading cause to my daily migraines, i cold turkeyed both and switched my Starbucks to Tejava. It’s light, crisp, and not sickeningly sweet.¬† When it’s cold, I warm it up in the micro and add some milk and sugar. Yum…I’m totally converted.

A few other “almost-made-it’s” were Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” (which i read as-I-go¬†to shake off any negative thoughts and people) and my Marc Jacob’s “Stam” Frame bag

So, there you have it my loves. My 5 MUSTS.

and I wouldn’t shoot a public place up¬†if any of these items completely stopped existing, what I would do is go on an insane man-hunt¬†all over¬†the¬†Bay Area¬†and pay ridiculous amounts of money in order to retrieve stock again. (Happened with a Smashbox lipstick in Socialite, numerous exchanges at¬†the Mac counter,¬†and $48.00 on Ebay- FOR A TUBE OF LIPSTICK! – to¬† make a long story short.)

Hey, I’m only human.¬†



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Fresh music: Anjulie

I have pretty ecclectic taste in music. But away from my diversity in taste, is my¬†inability to switch my playlist without getting bored or feeling music buyer’s remorse.¬†Often, I will listen to the same two or three albums in a span of months because nothing else is appealing.

Music that moves me, drowns me in emotion, and takes me, well, anywhere else but where I may be standing at that very moment in time. These are the banal requirements of my Ipod playlist. Sometimes catchyJustin Timberlake beats¬†and/or tounge-in-cheek lyrics¬†just¬†don’t cut it enough for me to not click the delete button.


But in this moment in time, I think I’ve found the girl that will keep me posted until my next anthem of albums show up.

Right now, in the darkness of a sheet covered living room at midnight, I’m listening to Anjulie.

Perhaps a byproduct of social networking fame. Unsure. She does have a myspace account that serves as her website. Which could surely be¬†dead give away that she is. But I’ll leave that for Wikipedia to decide.
Anjulie ¬†is said to be the “next big thing.” Her debut album will be dropping via the Starbucks/Ipod franchise collaboration.(You¬†know you¬†can almost gaurantee a million new fans with that formula.)¬†Expected¬†sometime during this summer.

I actually “found” her in the free playlist via Nylon Summer ’09. (Read previous blog for details, pls.) So far, three songs are available for purchase.
The Rain
Love Song – which is my fave.

Anjulie is just absolutely refreshing. In a see of tattoed men and either carbon copy or ¬†trying real hard to be “hard” women, it’s nice to see one that can be happy, stay cool,¬†and thrive in her own unique sound and skin.

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