Getting my fire on…

Rocken with my new SF Fire Dept- Engine 32 shirt today at the gym.
Thanks Lance & Brad. While I an not a big “T” wearer, preferring tank or sleeveless, these look great and go to a great cause.

What one of your own, you ask? A few may still be available. Leave a message below.


Adapted Blender Cornmeal Maple Cake

This adaption is based on a recipe from the following website SAMSUNG CSC

According to the website “Brazil is known for its wonderful cakes, and bolo de fubá is one of the most loved. A slice of this light, sweet cornmeal cake goes perfectly with your morning or afternoon coffee”.

What I liked was that I could make it all in a blender.. and use up some of the cornmeal I had laying around. This version I made was supper moist and sticky – but I think it could have used either a syrup or maple glaze on the top.

Note – the suggest you use the most finely ground cornmeal you can find, so that the cake will have a delicate, light texture. In this case you don’t want the more grainy and crumbly texture the regular stuff

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 45 minutes



  • 2 cups finely ground cornmeal (corn flour)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Mocha Mix non dairy creamer
  • 1 cup Almond Milk with 1 tb  white vinegar ( original recipe called for Buttermilk – but I had none around)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of  vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • Powdered (confectioners) sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a Bundt pan or angel food cake pan lightly with butter or vegetable oil.
  2. Place all of the wet ingredients in the blender.  Blend until well mixed.
  3. Slowly add the sugar, salt, baking powder, then the flour and cornmeal. (You may want to consider doing this in two batches)
  4. If it look alike it isn’t moving – stop, unplug the blender and scrape down with a spoon. Then blend more until well mixed
  5. Let sit for 10 min at room temperature.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  7. Place cake pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until cake has risen and the middle of the cake springs back to the touch.
  8. Remove cake from oven and let cool in the pan for the full 10 minutes. Loosen cake from the sides of the pan with a knife, then invert the cake onto a plate.
  9. Place the cake right side up.
  10. Once it is cool or barely warm – dust with powdered sugar before serving or add your glaze.

I am thinking the Rosemary syrup from the gluten free pear cornmeal cake would also work with this. Store cake in the refrigerator for four to five days, wrapped well with plastic wrap.

Comments from friends said that it was great dry toasted in a skillet (its crumbly so the toaster may be a problem) with butter added. Others said the heated it up in the microwave to good results. Since I like the texture – I just went with warm or cool toppings of various types.

Boon Eat & Drink; a new family of quality food & drink at the River

OK – So for years now this part of the Russian River has been struggling to find its own groove and identity. Well with the fast raising trend in Restaurants and venues like what the folks from the Boon family of enterprises is putting out – its found the groove.

Not only have they found a way to be true to themselves but that were able to mix it with quality food, good prices, a great wine list and most of all – they get the service industry. Not once do you ever feel like they are doing you a favor by being open. Boon Eat & Drink never fails. They make the standard fare of burgers and steaks come alive with a reason to order then again – but its the seasonal and weekly specials that make this really stellar – from the produce they grow themselves to the cuts of meat to the combinations they package it all in – it all works.

No way my photos could do the food justice – so these come right from Boon!




Its a small venue and they don’t take reservations – so plan to grab a few glasses of wine while you wait if you go at peak hours. My fav has been the flash fried brussels sprouts, burgers but on a recent trip had the winter squash which was addictive and a pulled port shoulder with creamy polenta that I found my self amazed by. You find details on Boon Eat & Drink here

16248 Main St   Guerneville, CA 95446   (707) 869-0780

No scurvey with this lime infused cream cleanser

One of my fun yet usefull finds earlier in the year while in Palm Springs  is BlueBeards Original Beard Saver. This lime-based cream goes on smooth and helps to get the skin underneath my beard feeling clean (thats the citris) while softening the beard itself. The scent is mild and disapears quick — but if you take a swim you may taste lime-cream a bit.  You can purchase this at the shaving store downtown Palm Springs.


From its manufacturer:
Beard Saver : This daily skin and facial hair lotion acts as an outstanding anti-itch and conditioner for new growth. And for the established beard, just a dab rubbed throughout the facial hair, from root to tip, will manage even the most unruly facial hair. With aloe vera to soothe and protect, and lime essential oils, which helps to dissolve oils trapped by whiskers. Great for both your scruff and your skin.