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How to Give a Second Life to Glass Jars and Bottles

August 26, 2015 5:11 pm

There are a number of creative DIY projects that you can use to transform empty bottles and jars into something truly beautiful. Here are three great ideas to try this weekend!

Tequila Bottle Hummingbird Feeders [blog.diynetwork.com]
In this creative tutorial, you’ll learn how to flip your old tequila bottles on their necks – literally – and turn them into eclectic hummingbird feeders. All it takes is some colorful wire, beads and a spout at the bottom.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles [thecraftedlife.com]
Create a colorful display of tiered bottles by wrapping a few different shaped bottles in stripes of colored yarn. After you’re done, you can even use them as flower vases.

Etched Oil and Vinegar Bottles [thecraftedlife.com]
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at glass etching, this simple (and functional) tutorial will walk you through your first attempt with some beautiful results.

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Cha Cha Sushi: Sushi, Sashimi, and Japanese Entrees

August 19, 2015 4:56 pm

At Cha Cha Sushi, chef and owner Hanson Cha’s toughest critics aren’t the San Jose diners who visit the restaurant, they’re his family. With their approval, Cha puts a spin on traditional Japanese cooking to build a menu of Japanese cuisine along with a variety of sushi and sashimi options. Such options include hand rolls, makimono, and vegetarian rolls. Chef Cha rolls soft shell crab with cucumber and avocado, fresh yellowtail with cucumber and green onion, or fresh water eel topped with tobiko.

His dinner entrees include grilled beef with teriyaki sauce, noodle soup with seafood and vegetable, and fresh eel rice bowls. If you’re feeling especially hungry, the restaurant features a dinner special that comes with your choice of a teriyaki, sushi, and fried option. You can enjoy Cha Cha Sushi for lunch or dinner seven days per week.

Cha Cha Sushi
547 W. Capitol Expressway
San Jose, CA 95136
(408) 265-2416

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How to Care for Your Kitchen Knives

August 12, 2015 3:36 pm

You use your kitchen knives almost every day, from slicing your morning banana to chopping vegetables for dinner at night. Because good knives can be expensive, you likely want to keep them in top working condition. Here are a few simple tips for properly caring for those important cooking knives.

  • Don’t let them soak. It may be tempting to simply toss your knives in with the rest of your soaking dishes, but avoid doing so. This can cause the knife to bend or get scratched, and it can also be dangerous if someone reaches their hand under the water.
  • Don’t run them through the dishwasher. Likewise, the dishwasher can also dent or ding your knives. Instead, wash them thoroughly by hand after every use.
  • Don’t store them in a silverware drawer. This is especially important for renters who might not have much extra space in the kitchen. Instead, invest in a small wooden knife block that you can keep on the counter, or at least use a knife sheath to keep the blade safe.
  • Keep them sharp. In order to get the best results from your knives, you need to sharpen them frequently. Use a honing steel or a knife stone if you’re comfortable doing it yourself, or if you’re not, you can always send them out to be sharpened by a professional.

Caring for Kitchen Knives: Dos and Don'ts [About Food]
How to Take Care of Your Knives [David Lebovitz]
How To Care For Kitchen Knives: 6 Common Mistakes [Huffpost Taste]

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