Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/smoked-salmon-pasta-salad/

Ingredients

11 ounces multi-colored fusilli pasta
1 small carrot, grated
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced celery
8 ounces smoked salmon, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper  (optional)

Directions

1.Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the fusilli; return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Transfer cooled pasta to a large bowl.
2.Toss the carrot, onion, cucumber, celery, and salmon with the pasta; mix well.
3.Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; mix well. Pour sauce over pasta mixture. Mix well to coat evenly.

生土豆汁的做法 – 治癌偏方 Raw Potato Juice for Cancer

把眼挖掉,就算没发芽,也要挖眼,有机的就要皮,不是有机的就削皮

每次用两三个土豆,早饭前喝,还有晚饭后两小时喝。最少要喝100CC.

生土豆汁中有一种特别的东西,对癌症有奇效,也有极强的消炎作用,可消内脏和表皮的各种炎症。可查德国一个自然医学的著作。

加热后这种东西就没作用了。

健康的人喝生土豆汁可降三高。

但是沉淀后的淀粉不能喝,要做熟才能消化。

I will add potato in my morning smoothie from now on.

Perfect, Fool Proof White Rice

http://missvickie.com/howto/grains/foolproofrice.html

I am tired of Japanese rice cookers with plastic coading. Chinese rice cooker doesn’t have much function. I searched online and decide to use pressure cooker to cook the rice from now on.

This is my foolproof method for cooking long grain white rice in a pressure cooker. Just imagine, no more burned rice, and best of all it is so quick and easy! You’ll get perfect results when using my PIP (Pan In Pot) method.

1 cup long grain white rice (Basmati, Jasmine, Texmati, etc.)
1 1/2 cups water or flavoring liquid

Position the cooking rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker and pour in 1/2 cup water. Put the rice and 1 1/2 cups water in a stainless steel bowl that fits inside the pressure cooker. Use Foil Helper Handles under the insert to help position and remove the bowl from the cooker. Lock the lid in place and bring to 15psi, reduce the heat to the lowest setting that will just maintain that pressure. Cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let the pressure drop naturally. Open the lid and remove the bowl from the cooker, and fluff rice with a fork before serving.

Cook’s Notes: For additional flavor and aroma, substitute a tasty flavoring liquid like chicken broth or prepared boullion for all or part of the water. Add seasonings like soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, onions, and salt and pepper. Herbs such as thyme or dill can be added to compliment other foods as well.

Do not use any sort of lid or cover on the insert bowl when pressure cooking rice. In pressure cookery, a lid blocks out the super heated steam and serves the purpose of slowing and delaying cooking. A covered insert is useful in some types of recipes, but not cooking rice because it prevents the rice from cooking properly.

Chicken Pot Pie

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-pot-pie-ix/

Ingredients

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
Directions

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
2.In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3.In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4.Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5.Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

 

The Real Estate Transaction Step by Step

(Single Family Residence)

  1. Property search
  2. Touring homes
  3. Selection of one or several properties of interest on which to bid
  4. Comparative Market Analysis
    This is a process of comparing homes of similar size, condition, style, etc of SOLD properties and the subject property, to determine value.

5. Offer / Counteroffer
Once value is established, an offer is written proposing the terms and price for the purchase of the subject property. The seller may accept, reject, counteroffer, or do nothing with the presented offer. Parties may remain in negotiation until they reach agreement or until one or both sides determine reaching agreement is unlikely.

6. Deposit Earnest Money
Once under contract, the earnest money will be deposited with an escrow company according to the terms agree upon in that contract. It will be deposited within 1 business day of mutual acceptance unless stated otherwise in the contract.
You will need to speak with your insurance agent and obtain an insurance binder at this time.

7. Title Report Review
A clear Title is required for institutional financing. There is also a public records search completed on the Seller as well as Buyer.

8. Building Inspection
Not required, but certainly recommended for all properties. This determines property condition, not the value.

9. Work Order Negotiation
There are three results of the inspection:

10. You may approve the inspection and waive the contingency.

11. You may disapprove the inspection and cancel the transaction.

12. You may disapprove the inspection and ask for repairs to be made or financial modifications to be made to the contract.
The transaction will fail at this point unless new agreement can be reached.
When an inspection contingency is part of the contract and the transaction fails because of a disapproved inspection the earnest money is returned to the Buyer.

13. Appraisal
This is ordered by the bank but paid for by the Buyer, and determines value.

14. Final Loan Approval
Throughout the transaction you will be in contact with your loan officer and their processing department. They may ask you for documents, statements, letters, or other underwriter requirements. Provide these as quickly as possible.

15. Signing
This usually takes place at the escrow officer’s office. Your real estate agent and/or loan officer may come with you but do not offer advice at this stage of the transaction.

16. Funding and Recording
When the lender funds the loan, funds are wired to escrow. The lender releases the escrow company to record the new deed with the county. Once those two things have happened the Buyer own the property.

17. Key Transfer & Possession
There are a variety of ways of transferring the keys and we handle that in a way that is convenient to all parties

18. Congratulations! You now have your new home.

Most Important Things to Do for Home Buyer Before and After Closing

http://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/

You searched for homes over the course of months or even years. You endured a series of offers and counter offers, property disclosures, inspections and reports. Finally, after so much excitement, stress and anxiety, the house hunt has come to an end.
But the story isn’t over yet. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in.

1. Plan any work well in advance

Rarely does a buyer get a place that is truly in “move-in” condition. By the time you’ve signed a contract, you have lots of ideas about how you’ll live in this home, how you’ll customize it and what work needs to be done.
If the place needs work, don’t wait until you’ve closed to engage a painter, a floor refinisher or a general contractor. Either at your final walk-through or during a private appointment after you’ve removed your contingencies get the proper contractors in the house. Start getting bids for necessary work. If possible, have floor sanding, painting or small fix-it work done before you move in. Real estate agents work with all kinds of tradespeople, so they’re often a great resource for referrals

2. Set up the utilities

Some people assume the utilities will work once they walk in on day one. While many utility companies have grace periods (the days between when the seller cancels service and the new owner calls), you can’t always assume this will be the case. If you have an out-of-town seller, they may have cancelled services the day they knew all contingencies were removed. In this instance, the grace period likely lapsed, and you may be stuck dealing with the electric company, waiting for an appointment or just being without power when you really want to start painting, fixing or cleaning.
The best plan is to call the utility companies and get service set up well before closing. If they haven’t received cancellation notice from the seller, let the seller know to take care of that.

3. Got the keys? Great, now change the locks

Assume that every one and his brother has a set of keys to your new home. The seller’s real estate agent likely gave copies to his or her assistant, a painter, stager or even another agent at some point during the marketing period. That’s why the first person you should call after getting the keys is a locksmith.
A new homeowner was shocked when a painter walked into the house at 7 p.m. The painter had a punch list of to-do items from the listing agent, but nobody had told him the house had closed two days early. He assumed it was vacant. Don’t let this happen to you. Spend the money to get all the locks changed right away. You’ll sleep better at night.

4. Hire a cleaning crew

There’s nothing worse than showing up with the movers, dozens of boxes and your personal belongings only to discover the seller hadn’t had the place cleaned.
Assume the worst and get a professional cleaning crew in there the minute after the closing. Even if the seller did clean, they may have done a poor job. You want to start life in your new home with a clean slate. The movers might make a mess while moving in. But the bones of the place will be sparkling clean and you won’t be scrambling to get cleaners in while the home is in a state of disarray as you unpack.

5. Have a handyman, small contractor or designer on call

Moving in can take days, if not weeks, and is made up of the kind of stuff you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Things like aligning your framed artwork, centering the couch in the living room or getting the large rug set up in the master bedroom can drive you crazy. Nailed multiple holes in the wall in an attempt to get your family photos lined up on the staircase? Not all of us are cut out to do this kind of stuff. Imagine doing all this throughout an entire 3,000-square-foot house, and you’ll probably feel overwhelmed.
While it may seem like a luxury, investing a few hundred dollars in hiring someone to take orders, help with setting up and take over some of these mindless tasks will save time and potentially relieve you of a giant headache.

6. Change your mailing address with the U.S. Postal Service.

*Tip* Unsubscribe from junk Catalogs, free registration with the Do Not Call list to unsubscribe from telephone solicitations. Opt out of all credit card and mortgage refinance offers here and cut down on the junk mail!

7.Go to your scheduled walk-through the day before or the day of closing so that you may inspect the property to make sure that it is in substantially the same condition as when you ratified the contract to purchase it.

8. Register to vote, register your car and get a new driver’s license in your new jurisdiction.

9. Thinking ahead is the way to go

The journey to home buying could have been anything from fun to stressful and emotional. When the closing date draws near, you’re probably exhausted. But taking a little extra time to plan ahead will save you time, money and a lot of hassle. And it will make the move into your new home so much more satisfying.

 

Top 10 Home Closing Checklist Tips for Sellers

http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/qt/Top-10-Home-Closing-Checklist-Tips-For-Sellers.htm

There are certain things on a home selling checklist that every responsible seller should do.
You would utilize your home closing checklist after all of your personal belongings and furniture have been moved.

1. Retain Executed Seller Disclosures, Purchase Contract and Addendums

Ideally, you will be handled a complete closing package by your escrow officer or closing agent. But you could also find some of these documents scattered about in your car or at your office. Keep all of these documents in a safe place. It’s conceivable you could need them again, especially if a bill was unpaid or the buyer gets ticked off for some reason and hires a lawyer.

2. Clean the House

If you don’t have time to clean, then at least hire a professional cleaning service. How clean to leave a house is often personal preference. It’s not always necessary to shampoo the carpets, but that’s a nice touch. This also means wipe down cabinets, inside and out. It doesn’t hurt to make your last impression on the buyer a good one by polishing sink fixtures. Leave your home the way you, as a buyer, would like to find it.

3. Turn Off Shut-Off Valves

If you have disconnected a washer, for example, make sure the shut-off value is completely turned off because a small drip, drip, can eventually flood a home. Some sellers shut off the valves to all water sources such as sinks, toilets and dishwashers, too. Leave a note for the buyers so they won’t call a plumber when the water won’t turn on.

4. Attend the Final Walk-Through

There are so many quirks that only a home seller knows, and you could pass on these tips to a new home buyer during the final walk-through. Things like which light switch operates the lights, whether a door sticks, or how to clean a swimming pool. I like to ask sellers what they always wanted to do for a home improvement project but never got around to doing.

5. Cancel Your Insurance Policies

Wait until you know the deed has recorded or title transfer has formally occurred before you call your insurance agent. You should receive a refund from a prepaid premium for your homeowner’s insurance.

6. Cancel or Transfer Utilities, Stop the Newspaper

Make up a list of phone numbers in advance of each of your utility companies. Not every utility is always paid monthly, some are quarterly. If you subscribe to the newspaper, you might have to order your cancellation a week or more in advance to stop newspapers from piling up in the front yard.

7. Leave House Keys, Remotes, Gate Keys, Mailbox Keys

Even though the buyers will probably change the locks, find every house key, remotes for the garage or ceiling fans, keys to the gate and mailbox, if any, and put them in a kitchen drawer.

8. Assemble Appliance Manuals, Receipts and Warranties

As you were packing, you may have come across manuals for the HVAC, security or sprinkler system or appliances, and set them aside. If you have receipts from contractors or warranties, put them into an envelope and leave them in a drawer with the manuals, along with the code for the security alarm.

9. Check Cabinets, Drawers and Storage

If your spouse or friend says she has gone through every room with a fine tooth comb looking for anything left behind, run one more check. You may find nothing more than a razor in the shower, but at least you’ll be able to shave in the morning. It will give you peace of mind. I once forgot a black felt hat I loved, which was adorned with long peacock feathers, on the top shelf of a closet and never got over that loss.

10. Close Drapes / Blinds, Turn off Lights and Lock the Door

You would think this would be a given, but you’d be amazed at how many people forget to close up the house. If nobody can see inside, the odds of a break-in decline. If the home will be vacant for a long time, consider leaving behind an inexpensive lamp on a timer.

Ahi Poke Basic and Cucumber Salad

1 pounds fresh sashimi grade ahi  tuna steaks, cubed
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped green onions, or thin sliced sweet onion
1 tablespoons sesame oil
0.5 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
A little Wasabi
Fresh minced garlic and ginger (optional)
Lemon juice (optional)

Served with rice, a cucumber salad.

Cucumber Salad

2   medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/3   cup cider or white vinegar
1/3   cup water
2   tablespoons sugar
1/2   teaspoon salt
1/8   teaspoon pepper
Chopped fresh dill weed or parsley, if desired

Directions

1. Place cucumbers in small glass or plastic bowl.
2. In tightly covered container, shake remaining ingredients except dill weed. Pour over cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours to blend flavors.
3. Drain cucumbers. Sprinkle with dill weed. Store covered in refrigerator.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

I am thinking what to cook today. I remembered that I had stuff chicken breast at one of my co-workers house in Seattle. I like it very much. I searched online and found the following recipe. I would try it for dinner while I am making Asian Egg and Milk bread.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-stuffed-chicken-breast/

Ingredients

1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach leaves (and/or mushroom)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheese (or pepper jack for enough kick)
4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Marinate chicken in buttermilk for a few hours before preparing (1cup milk 1tbs white vinegar or lemon juice if no buttermilk on hand)-makes the chicken so moist.
  2. Cook bacon half way in skillet and removed. Then added the spinach and garlic to the same skillet and cooked down. When done I squeezed in paper towels to take out some of the grease.
  3. Mixed with sour cream, a combo of Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheese, pepper, salt.
  4. Lay the chicken breasts out on a clean surface, and spoon some of the spinach mixture onto each one. Roll up chicken to enclose the spinach, “X” over the top of the stuffed breast Wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon and tucked the bacon ends underneath or with toothpicks, and arrange in a shallow baking dish.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes in the preheated oven
  7. With 3-4 minutes under a broiler to finish off the bacon and a light sprinkling of more shredded cheese over the top

 

Asian Soft Milk Bread

Asian Soft Milk Bread

I reconnected with my professor Dr. Tsuye from Hiroshima University of Economics after 20 years via Skype. He reminded me the good memories when I lived in Hiroshima . I used to go to the supermarket next to my apartment to buy the egg milk bread. I have a special heart for it. I never see it again after I came to US.

I searched online today. I found the recipe:) Everyone in my family loves it.

http://yireservation.com/recipes/soft-asian-milk-bread/

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Serving Size: 1 lb loaf 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.75″

Ingredients

Water Roux (TangZhong)

  • 25g flour
  • 100ml milk  Bread Dough

We can use custard paste to replace water roux.

Custard Paste will make softest and flutter loaf.

Ingredients for custard paste are 65g water, 1 yolk, 15g bread flour, 10g sugar.

  • 70ml heavy cream
  • 115g chilled water roux (TangZhong) from below recipe
  • 1 large egg, about 60g
  • 5g (2 tea spoons, or little bit less) active yeast + 30ml warm milk or water, or use RapidRise highly Active Yeast
  • 330g (2 and 1/3 cups) bread flour, (or substitute some wheat flour)
  • 50g (1/4 cup)  sugar, or honey
  • 4g (1 tea spoon) salt
  • 30g (2 table spoons)  butter, softened in room temperature
  • Optional: cooked oatmeal, raison and seeds

To Make the Water Roux Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine the milk and the flour. Whisk using an egg beater until lump-free
  2. Place the pan over low heat while whisking to keep the lumps from forming. In 3 minutes, the mixture starts to thicken. Keep stirring for 2 more minutes until the mixture becomes a smooth pasty roux. You should be able to get soft peaks out of the roux. Cool down the roux completely before you use. I suggest you to make the roux the day before and chill it in the fridge overnight

To Make the Bread Dough for 1lb Loaf Pan (8.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.75″)

  1. Proof the active yeast with 30ml of warm milk. Skip this step if you use instant yeast or fresh yeast
  2. In a stand mixer or bread machine, combine all the bread dough ingredients except for the butter. Place the wet ingredients on the bottom and the dry ingredients on top. Start kneading the dough in medium speed or according to the bread machine instruction. As the dough starts to form, feel the dough with your finger to make sure it’s soft and slightly sticky
  3. About 20 minutes into kneading and when the dough is completely formed, add the softened butter. Continue to knead to another 10 minutes or so
  4. When the dough is done, cover with a lid and let it ferment until the dough doubles the size.
  5. It normally takes between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for the dough to fully rise.
  6. When the dough is risen, knead the dough again, add raison and let it rise
  7. If you like slightly denser texture, stop proofing once the dough doubles the size. For super soft bread, continue proofing the dough.
  8. Select the baking option on the bread machine and bake it.
  9. Remove the loaf from the pan and let cool on a cooking rack. Cut into slices once it’s completely cool down and serve fresh.

I am using Bread Pal Slicer and Winco KWH-11 Bread Knife  to slice the bread.