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Spring Produce Guides to Help You Navigate the Grocery Store This Season

May 25, 2016 9:02 am

Every spring there’s an abundance of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables that make their way into your local grocery store. It’s tempting to fill your cart with tasty produce, but these things go bad so quickly that it helps to have a plan in mind when you shop. Here are two online guides to spring produce.

Food and Wine
This beautifully curated guide offers creative recipes that all use spring produce. It’s organized by type of fruits and vegetables, with recipe sections for things like asparagus, spinach, mangoes, and pineapple. Each recipe also uses simple, step-by-step instructions and high quality images that help you to visualize each dish. If you want to prepare elegant, healthy meals with seasonal ingredients, Food and Wine is a great resource.

The Food Network
The Food Network is an authority on all-things cooking, and their Spring Produce Guide is one of the most helpful out there. It utilizes photos, videos, and text recipes to deliver everyday recipes that use spring produce, and many of them come straight from your favorite Food Network hosts. There are also tips and tricks for things like choosing the best fruits and vegetables, washing and preparing them for cooking, and cooking with fresh herbs straight from the garden.

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Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene — Eat Your Fill

May 18, 2016 9:02 am

There are few things in this world as comforting as sitting down to a great Italian meal, and at Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene you’ll feel right at home. This place is widely regarded to be one of the best sandwich places in Walnut Creek, with a massive array of spectacular creations ready and waiting for you to dig in. Located on a winding road that’s somewhat difficult to find, this local favorite marches to the beat of a very different drum, with a perplexing menu system that has numbers like #00 and #6 ½. Some of the winners on the menu are the Popeye & Olive Oil, which blends sliced turkey with pesto, Provolone, spinach, artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives. Order it on the delicious house-made focaccia. The Prosciutto with tomato and mozzarella is also spectacular, as is the decadent, overflowing Reuben. The baked goods in the pastry case are competent, but you won’t have room for them anyway.

Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene
1218 Boulevard Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
(925) 939-2426


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How to Disguise Unsightly Cables, Cords and Wires

May 11, 2016 12:34 pm

Nobody likes the sight of tangled, messy cords and wires, but these long cords are essential for operating electronics. If you want to tuck away unsightly cords to preserve your decor at Villa Montanaro, these smart steps will show you how.

  1. Mark each cord. First, begin by wrapping a piece of matte tape around the cord and leaving a bit of extra at the end. Label each cord with a marker to keep things organized.
  2. Clip the cords together. Next, clip the cords together in a smooth strip using a binder clip. For longer cords, you may want to add additional clips.
  3. Tuck cords away. Now that the cords are all clipped together, you’ll want to hide them as best as you can behind their corresponding piece of furniture. Try winding the cords into a loop if you have a larger piece of furniture. For desks and other items with slender legs, you may want to line the cords up behind one leg.
  4. Secure the cords in place. Once you decide where to place the cords, secure them using sturdy tape or Velcro strips. This will ensure that the cords stay hidden through daily use.

How To Hide Home Wires [Apartment Therapy]
36 Genius Ways To Hide The Eyesores In Your Home [Buzzfeed]
Hiding Cables [Pinterest]

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