Although I love entertaining, I’m not the greatest cook. Not that I can’t cook. I just despise doing it. My family is not the easiest one to cook for either, since we all have different food allergies. For me, recipes need to be simple, quickly assembled, and easily substitutable. My favorite go-to meal when guests show up unexpectedly is chicken salad, which I’ve shared below.
Entertaining is more than just setting out some bags of chips and turning on the TV. It’s a way to show those you care about, how much you care by spending actual time with them. I know, a novel concept in this busy, text-driven world. Putting away the phones and spending time face-to-face is the best gift you can give to those you care about.
In this issue, we’ll be exploring cooking and entertaining in many different ways. For quick and easy entertaining ideas, check out the contributors suggestions throughout this issue. For you cooking pros, we have the Dake’s stunning Chorizo Tamale Pie. Whatever kind of party you’re panning, we’d like to hear your experiences. Read more about entertaining in our Fall 2017 Issue.
Emerian’s Quick Chicken Salad
1 can white meat chicken, shredded
2 heaping tablespoons mayo
1 granny smith apple, diced
*Mix chicken, mayo, and diced apples in a bowl.
*Sprinkle pepper over to taste.
*Spread on croissants, wrap in tortilla, or eat with crackers.
If serving in a buffet, you can have extra apple slices or chips to scoop and enjoy.
SEARCH Magazine Fall 2017
An Interview with
Artist Kenny Cowan
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area painter whose art is inspired by northern California’s vast landscapes.
El Sobrante, a small town with a big heart.
Dress your table to impress.
Abie Ekenezar, actress and writer.
New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.
Dean Martin, a personal recollection.
Food in literature.
Chorizo tamale pie
Do it Yourself
Roast your own coffee.
Pros and cons of working from home.
Autism / Parenting
Our food story.
Don’t kick the cook!
Bay Area Attraction
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Plan the best party by using our plan.
Download your starter BULLET JOURNAL page and start journaling!
Nappy or Not
by Emerian Rich
Full Name: Rhonda Glenn
Business Name: Nappy or Not
Business Type: Full Hair Care, Beauty, and Styling.
What makes your hair business different or more special than others? Nappy or Not encourages caring for your natural hair, and we discourage chemicals other than color treatments. Our salon is family orientated as well. We welcome everyone with open arms and encouraging hair care. If your hair isn’t becoming to you, then you should be coming to me.
Any favorite vacation spots in California? Napa Valley wine country, Pismo Beach dunes, San Francisco.
Where did you grow up? I consider myself a nomad because my family and I have lived all across the Gulf and West Coast, but I was born where most of my biological family live, in Houston, TX. However, I attended school in several different areas, causing me to have the ability to adapt very easily to different environments. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Pomona, CA. I also attended school in Chino, Antelope Valley, Claremont, and graduated in Berkeley. Quite an adventure.
Were your parents supportive in your dreams? My entire family has always been supportive and have worked in the salon as some of my most helpful and dedicated workers… continue reading in Summer issue 2017.
BAY AREA, Maritime Museums
By Sumiko Saulson
As a world-renowned seaport, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to several maritime museums. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is home to two maritime history museums: the J. Porter Shaw Library of Maritime History and the Maritime Museum across from Ghirardelli Square.
Aquatic Park Cove, is an encased area with swimming between Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park Pier. There are several historical vessels one can visit along Hyde Street Pier. The oldest, the 1886 squarerigger Balclutha, looks like a pirate ship Vallejo’s Mare Island Strait is home to a haunting series of partially deconstructed naval vessels called the Razorblade Fleet. The Mare Island Museum gives a glimpse into the island’s history with tours of maritime vessels and officer’s quarters. The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum showcases the city’s long history as a naval port. …continue reading in the Summer issue for 2017.
Your New Adventure
by Ashley Vrublevskiy
This is for all the parents just starting out in their journey through an autism or a similar diagnosis for their child. It’s what I wish I would have known before diving in head first into the journey of a lifetime. It’s scary and unknown. There’s no map, but I do know this. You can do it. So, here’s to your new adventure.
There are moments in your life that can immediately change who you are and who you will become. Mine came with that first person who said she was concerned that Zander had autism. Even though it was over four years ago, thinking back on it, I immediately begin to feel the sinking pit grow in my stomach and fill with anxiety. On that day, I honestly felt like I was unable to swallow, choking in a way on the words she spoke.
“Zander shows signs of autism, and I think we should get him evaluated.” My whole body felt instantly heavier as a thousand pounds of worry settled on my chest. I felt so many things in that moment: scared, angry, worried, sad, but oddly, and quite surprisingly to myself, I felt betrayed. I felt betrayed by all the mystical stories of motherhood and the “normal” I would have with my son. It felt like that beautiful dream had been snatched from my grasp by the word “autism” like a selfish thief of joy….continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
by Michele Roger
The Empowerment Plan manufacturers
and distributes coats to
homeless communities around
the globe. Workers are also offered
free classes which help employees
like Tia (pictured above)
complete their GEDs.
“Capitalist Renewal” was the catch phrase for Detroit and it’s booming automotive business after World War II. Many farmers struggling in the south headed to Detroit in the early 1950’s due to its plentiful jobs and thriving economy. Soldiers returning from war also found jobs and $5,000 in grants to build a home in Detroit’s suburbs. The automotive industry was inclusive of all races and faiths. It was the shining example of the American Dream. Work hard and your job will provide you with high wages, security, and a good life, but something changed drastically from 1980 to 2007.
European markets began aggressively competing with the U.S. automakers. Shareholders in Detroit, accustomed to large profit sharing, made bad decisions. Wages for employees across the board became stagnate, and the hardest hit was the average line worker. Thousands of people lost their jobs and moved away. The tax base of Detroit became the very young or the elderly; neither of whom could support what was once a World Class city.
The Detroit City Council tried program after program to bring the city back. Mayors came and went, some with valiant effort but leaving never the less, defeated. By the middle of 2008, the State of Michigan had to take over. There seemed no solution to Detroit’s crippling decline, leaving many of its residents to deal with high crime and murder rates, abandoned homes turned into drug dens, gang violence, and homelessness. …continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Sound-Absorbing Wall Art
by Suzanne Madron
It’s summer time, and with it
comes—what else?—noise. Lots of
noise. From loud motorcycles, to
neighbors running their lawnmowers
at all hours, to kids shrieking as they
get doused in cold water from a
garden sprinkler, to fireworks the
summer brings with it a lot of noise.
The idea for this article began as a gift to a friend of mine who just moved into a house situated between a high-traffic street and train tracks. While getting new windows had helped to cut down on a lot of the noise, the house is old and relatively uninsulated.
The issue was how could we cut down on the street noise at the front of the house, which was where my friend spent much of her time. There wasn’t a lot we could do about the train, but luckily it doesn’t come through often.
While visiting, I noticed my friend had a lot of pre -stretched canvas art on wooden stretcher frames, and as she complained about the noise from the street, it got me thinking back to the days of audio production, and how form and function could be married to cut down on the noise my friend was experiencing.
Enter the perfect housewarming gift for the noisy house, audio panel artwork.
This project won’t silence all noise and is not meant to be a professional recording studio setup by any means. However, it will dampen noise. The more audio panel art you put up, the better the sound dampening… continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Slow Cooker Carnitas
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Summer is a time to enjoy a
more relaxed pace. Meals get
simpler and many of us often find
ourselves going for an inexpensive
option of prepared food.
Street tacos are particularly on
Taco trucks have become increasingly popular in the greater Bay Area, making an easy way to snag dinner without needing to cook and heat the house up. Everything from pollo, carne asade to carnitas can be enjoyed, but if a taco truck isn’t handy to your neighborhood or you want to explore a twist on taco tradition, we have an idea for you.
This month we’re featuring two recipes that can be combined for epicurean perfection. If you want to stick with a traditional taco and do it at home, try out our slow cooker carnitas. Depending on the size of pork shoulder you select, this recipe is good for several meals. The meat is delicious served in either corn or flour tortillas with all the fixings. If you choose to venture into new territory, try using it as a topping for a white masa dinner waffle.
This waffle recipe is seasoned with cilantro and green chili. Topped with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, carnitas, green tomatillo sauce, and sour cream, it is ideal for lunch, dinner, or, my personal favorite, a lazy summer brunch…continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Change Your Life with Books
by Rick Kitagawa
Looking for a little reading adventure this summer? Check out these
four books that will change your life for the better.
1. The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher If there was ever a gut-check in the form of a book, this is it. If you will ever throw a book down and scream at it, it will probably be this one, assuming you haven’t read his previous book, Choose Yourself!. In this book, your truths and assumptions—like your 401k, your job, and the importance of goals—will be torn down quickly. Even though Altucher will continue to push, poke, and challenge you and all that you hold dear, he also provides many solutions so that you walk away empowered and ready for the new challenges waiting on the horizon.
Altucher’s writing style is very conversational. Reading this is like listening to a crazy old friend of yours who happens to have made and lost millions over the year and is trying to save himself by saving you. If you’re going to read one book on this list, this is it, but be warned….continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.