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Gilmore Girls Fans - Johnny Machete and Johnny Marzetti are two different dishes. Here’s the proof.

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Gilmore Girls Fans - Johnny Machete and Johnny Marzetti are two different dishes. Here’s the proof.

During Gilmore Girls Season 3, Episode 18 – Happy Birthday Baby (which quietly celebrated Lauren Graham’s birthday while simultaneously celebrating Lorelai’s birthday on the show) we witness one of the only times Richard Gilmore cooks. For the weekly Friday Night Dinner, he prepares a favorite dish from his childhood – Johnny Machete. It's a big night! Not only is it the debut of Richard's favorite dish, it's also the night Rory announces to her grandparents that she's going to Yale. Ever since this episode first aired in 2003, fans have been eager to try this elusive dish. A quick search of the...

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Happiest New Year 2018: Vision Boarding

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is often the time I like to take stock of my life. I spend some time alone thinking about my life - where I am versus where I'd like to be. When's the last time you spent time really, just thinking? For me, it is not easy. But whenever I make myself do it, I feel better afterward.

Focused. Balanced.

I start by thinking through the past year, month by month, in stark detail. I take note of all the things I feel good about, all the things I don't feel so good about, the things I want to take with me into the new year, and the things I never want to experience again - I evaluate it all. This process gives me a rough idea of the things I'd like to experience in the new year.

Then comes the fun part - thinking about my goals! These I tend to think about by category - love life, career, home, pets, relationships, etc. I think about my #1 goal in each category, then I write it down. But I don't write about it as if I want it - I write about it as though I already have it. For instance, instead of writing "I want my pets to stay healthy and active" I say "Stella, Elliot and Charlie are all thriving!" - see the difference?

Once I've written my goals for each category, I sit and think on each one, imagining that I DO already have it, and feeling how wonderful that feels. 

This may sound ridiculous - or like some hippy method. And perhaps it is. But it's worked for me.

Have you ever read "The Secret"?

Have you ever seen the clip of Jim Carrey on Oprah, telling her about the $10,000,000 check he wrote himself, when he had v little money in the bank? (spoiler - he unexpectedly got the money soon after!)

All these stories talk about the same concept - visualization, manifesting, the Law of Attraction - it all boils down to using our thoughts and feelings to bring the things we want into our lives. Both Jim Carrey's story, and the stories found in "The Secret" have all stuck with me - they're compelling! They have also motivated me to embrace the Law of Attraction, myself.  

And, guess what - it's worked for me, too! I recently looked back at the board I created for 2011, and realized everything I wrote on that board has come true! Some goals took longer than a year. Indeed, some goals took 5 or 6 years - but they all came true. I think most of us, if we were told "all of your dreams will come true, they may just take a few years" - we'd be pretty happy with that, right? 

Whether you believe in any of this or not - that's not the point! The point is that each new year marks a fresh beginning. It's a time for hope, and a time to set or reset our life's trajectory. If me sharing this little tool gets you even one step closer to your goals - I'll be thrilled! 

The template I use to make this board is pretty basic - it prints out on one standard sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Sometimes I print it out and paste it to a large, foam core board, then paste around it (collage style) photos I've cut from magazines; photos depicting the goals written on the sheet. Other years I just print out the sheet and let it stand on its own. I've found both methods to be inspiring! 

This year a couple friends asked me if I would send them a blank version of the board - so they could fill it in, without having to create one themselves. This got me thinking, if they want this, maybe more people might like to have it, too! So here it is - a downloadable, Microsoft Word version. If you want to use this the way I do - just fill in your goals, dreams, aspirations - think on them, feel how amazing it will feel once you have them. Next, print out the sheet, and post it somewhere you can look at it, often. 

Then get ready to receive. 

Are you ready? Do you know what you're #HopefulFor in 2018? Whatever it is, I sincerely hope you get it.

Happy New Year, everyone!

With love,



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Celebrate Summer with These 7 Agua Frescas

Happy Memorial Day Weekend - hard to believe it's already here - the day/weekend we pay respect to the fallen soldiers who served in the US military.

Of course, it's also the unofficial kickoff to Summer! 

And with it comes hot weather. Last weekend Tim and I and several of our neighbors hosted a yard sale. The temps were in the 90's, and for the first time in quite a long while, after spending 10 hours in that heat, my clothes were literally stuck to my body. I felt like I was caked with dirt. It was gross. And I longed for something cool and fresh to drink.  

Flash forward to yesterday. My friend and neighbor, Tony - who you may remember as a recipe contributor in the "Eat Like A Gilmore" cookbook - came over. Tony and I talk about all kinds of topics, but one of our favorites is food; especially fun new things to experiment with in the kitchen. I was telling him about my desire for a cool, fresh-tasting, summery drink and that I'd been thinking about tinkering around with aqua frescas.

"Agua Fresca" is Spanish for "Fresh Water". Agua Frescas are just that - waters, which are flavored naturally, typically with fruit. Others are made with vegetables, herbs, and even grains. In fact, Tony explained to me how the popular agua fresca, Horchata, is made - using rice, cinnamon and milks. Rice! Who knew? 

As we talked more, we both realized that Lemonade is, technically, an agua fresca! 

All of this talking got us excited to try making some of our own. So we hit our favorite market in Burbank - Handy Market. An independently-owned, old school market with a fab meat counter and tons of beautiful produce. It's literally one of the best parts of living in Burbank - shopping at Handy Market! I found this place during the grocery store strikes of the early 2000's and it's been my primary market ever since. It's a special place. But don't take my word for it, ask pretty much any Burbank resident. 

Anyway - we went to Handy Market, filled up our entire cart with pineapples, watermelons, mangoes, lemons, limes, and tons of berries. Once we got home, we fired up both his blender and mine, and made 7 different agua frescas. It took us all day, but the loved the results!

We hope you do, too.

Here they are - cheap & simple to make, refreshing to drink, fun and festive.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Kristi (&Tony)



7 Agua Fresca Recipes


1. Watermelon Agua Fresca


  • 4 cups    Watermelon, seedless, cubed
  • 1/2 cup   Sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 4 cups    Water, divided


  • Blend: Combine watermelon, sugar and 1 cup of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes. 
  • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.
  • Add Water: Stir in remaining 3 cups of water. 
  • Serve: Serve over ice.


2. Pineapple Agua Fresca


  • 4 cups    Pineapple, rind and core removed, cubed 
  • 1/2 cup   Sugar (adjust to taste) 
  • 6 cups    Water, divided 


  • Blend: Combine pineapple, sugar and 1 cup of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes.  
  • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher. 
  • Add Water: Stir in remaining 5 cups of water.  
  • Serve: Serve over ice.


3. Cucumber Lime Jalapeño Agua Fresca


  • 2 cups    Cucumber, peeled, cubed
  • 1 cup      Lime juice, freshly sqeezed
  • 1/2          Jalapeño, with seeds, stem removed
  • 1/2 cup   Sugar (adjust to taste)  
  • 6 cups    Water, divided  


  • Blend: Combine cucumber, lime juice, jalapeño, sugar and 2 cups of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes.   
  • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.  
  • Add Water: Stir in remaining 4 cups of water.   
  • Serve: Serve over ice.

    4. Mango Ginger Agua Fresca


    • 3 cups    Mango, peeled, cubed 
    • 1 T          Ginger root, peeled, chopped
    • 3/4 cup   Sugar (adjust to taste)
    • 1 cup      Lime juice, freshly sqeezed 
    • 8 cups    Water, divided   


    • Blend: Combine mango, ginger, sugar and 2 cups of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes.    
    • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.   
    • Add Water: Stir in remaining 6 cups of water.    
    • Serve: Serve over ice.

    5. Horchata 


    • 1 cup      Rice, long grain, uncooked 
    • 1 stick    Cinnamon (Mexican cinnamon sticks recommended for their break-ability)  
    • 4 cups    Hot water, hot to the touch but not boiling 
    • 8 oz.       Evaporated milk, canned 
    • 8 oz.       Sweetened condensed milk, canned 
    • 1 t           Vanilla 


    • Soak: Combine rice, cinnamon stick and hot water in blender. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. 
    • Blend: Blend mixture on high for 1-2 minutes. Stop blender and let mixture stand for an additional 6 hours. 
    • Blend again: Blend 2-3 minutes until rice is very fine.  
    • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.    
    • Add milks and vanilla: Stir in both milks and vanilla. 
    • Serve: Serve over ice.



    6. Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca


    • 2 cups    Strawberries, stems removed 
    • 1/4 cup   Mint leaves 
    • 1/2 cup   Sugar (adjust to taste)   
    • 4 cups    Water, divided   


    • Blend: Combine strawberries, mint leaves, sugar and 1 cup of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes.    
    • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.   
    • Add Water: Stir in remaining 3 cups of water.    
    • Serve: Serve over ice.


    7. Thyme Lemonade


    • 2 cups    Lemon juice, freshly squeezed 
    • 1 T         Thyme, fresh
    • 1 cup      Sugar (adjust to taste)   
    • 7 cups    Water, divided   


    • Blend: Combine lemon juice, thyme, sugar and 2 cups of water in blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1-2 minutes.    
    • Strain: Strain liquid from blender into pitcher.   
    • Add Water: Stir in remaining 5 cups of water.    
    • Serve: Serve over ice.



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    Drink a Cocktail, Win a Cookbook!


    Hello & Happy Friday! 

    Tomorrow, Saturday, May 13th is World Cocktail Day, marking the first written definition of a cocktail back on May 13, 1806. 
    To mark this wondrous occasion, I'm hosting a contest on Instagram. 
    Hope you all have a great weekend and a lovely Mothers' Day. 


    Win a Cookbook 
    How to Enter: Between now and Sunday night, on Instagram, post a photo of the cocktail you're drinking in celebration of World Cocktail Day (or in celebration of anything, really)....and TAG* @malibukristi. 

    This'll be your contest entry. 


    I'll choose one winner for every 10 entries. 

    10 entries = 1 winner 
    30 entries = 3 winners 
    80 entries = 8 winners 
    1,000 entries = 100 winners! 

    You get it - the more entries, the more winners! 


    Email/text/tag your cocktailing/mocktailing friends & tell them to enter. 

    The more entrIes, the more chances YOU have to WIN! 
    Winner(s) announced on Monday. 

    *be sure to tag the photo itself. If you only add @malibukristi to the photo caption, this won’t count as an entry (mainly because I cannot see private posts)

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    MATTA NAPKIN: A Daily Comic...on a Napkin

    Last Thursday night, excited & just this side of drunk, Tim & I purchased this original piece of art at an exhibit here in LA. 

    This funny drawing (a hilarious drawing, if you ask me!), is on a napkin. Can you tell from the photo it’s a napkin? It’s not even any type of special napkin – it’s just an ordinary 5 x 6 inch napkin. But the artwork itself, the artist who drew it and the story behind it are the complete opposite of ordinary. 

    Its creator is an artist named John Matta – this series is called “MATTA NAPKIN”. I believe the series contains over 1,000 unique drawings. Last Thursday we got to see several dozens of them – the cream of the crop – on display at the MATTA NAPKIN Exhibit taking place right now through Wednesday, May 17

    Hamilton-Selway Gallery 

    8678 Melrose Ave 


    (directly across the street from the Pacific Design Center)

    Have you heard of John Matta before? Maybe. Or maybe you've unknowingly appreciated some of his other artwork. John has written for some of the funniest television shows in recent times – which makes perfect sense. Because when you meet him, nearly every sentence he utters is clever and/or hilarious. I don't know how he does it. The other bit which may interest you, especially if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, is that his wife is Rose Abdoo, who plays Gypsy (and Berta!). She’s also played scene-stealing characters on Bunheads and Parenthood...the Gilmore fan trifecta.  

    I was going to tell you the story of how John got started creating these napkins – and how Rose played a part in it – but John tells it so much better. So, here is the story of how it all began, in John’s own words (and handwriting), taken from the book “Matta Napkin: A Daily Comic..on a Napkin…in a Book”, which you can purchase from Amazon here: Buy John's Book 


    Whenever I think of “art exhibit opening parties”, I tend to get a knot in my stomach – picturing the haughtiness, the awkward small talk, the “am I wearing the proper clothing” anxiety – all of that. Especially when it takes place in a gallery on the cusp of Beverly Hills, amid pieces by Warhol & Basquiat. Oy! But any reservations I had about the evening were complete make-believe – all in my head. Everyone at the event – from John’s friends, his brother, Gilmore Girls cast members, Rose, Rose’s friends, to John, himself – everyone was warm, genuine, funny and engaging.  (I include the gallery’s team in that description, too!) Jennie Whitaker – the curator of the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest even traveled the entire width of the US on a whirlwind 36-hour trip to attend. 

    The best part of the night, of course, was reading John’s cartoons. His humor is at times shockingly dark, other times whimsical...always funny. 

    Here are a few photos from the event: 

    If you’re into collecting art, or into supporting artists, or just want the glory of saying “I knew John when…”, then I encourage you (if you're in the LA area) to drop by the exhibit this week and familiarize yourself with this artwork. Even buy a piece or two!  Then send me photos of the ones you chose (just please don't choose the bunny one, or the UPS one, or the wizard/unicorn one – I’m saving up for those!).

    Seriously – check it out & send me photos of your purchase(s). I cannot wait to see which ones you choose!

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