Quick and Easy Potluck Recipes

July 27, 2015 2:10 pm

So you were invited to your first of many summer potlucks this summer, and you’re totally stumped on what to bring. If you’re searching for the perfect recipe for a group, you’ll want something that’s easy to make and easy to serve, but still really delicious. Here are three unique summertime recipes that are also potluck-friendly.

Key Lime Bars [myrecipes.com]
If you’re in charge of bringing the dessert, these key lime bars are the perfect addition to any potluck. They’re the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and although they’re made entirely from scratch from crust to filling, they’re still simple to prepare.

Salsa for a Crowd [tasteofhome.com]
While salsa is a dish that feeds a lot of people at once, it’s still a really easy dish to throw together. This unique, summery salsa recipe combines corn and black beans with the usual tomatoes and spices to create the perfect topping for tortilla chips, pita wedges, or even tacos.

Sunny Broccoli Salad [midwestliving.com]
Bring a side dish that’s both delicious and healthy when you prepare this broccoli salad. It takes just 20 minutes to make, and unexpected ingredients like low-fat mayonnaise, bacon, and sweet raisins create a punch of flavor that will have all of the other guests asking for your recipe.

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Hooked on Sushi: From Specialty Rolls to Japanese Curry

July 21, 2015 4:45 pm

If you're craving great Japanese for an affordable price, then head over to Hooked on Sushi in Carlsbad, a relatively small restaurant with a huge menu. Not only are rolls unique and fresh, but so are traditional Japanese curries, noodle dishes, tempura, salads, bento boxes, and sake.

Start off with the Monkey Balls, also known as deep-fried mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna, or the jalapeno poppers filled with ebi, spicy crab ,and cream cheese. The baked green mussels offer another satisfying start to your meal. Patrons rave about the Mexican's Gone Wild Roll, filled with spicy tuna and cucumber and then topped with Albacore tuna, avocado, diced shrimp tempura, spicy mayo, jalapeno, eel sauce, and special "crunchies." Locals also love the Homeless Roll—shrimp tempura and cucumber inside and avocado, soft shell crab, eel sauce, and spicy mayo outside.

With more 37 rolls and many other dishes from which Hooked on Sushi customers can choose, picking just a few will be your biggest challenge.

Hooked on Sushi
2508 South El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-8811

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3 Common Hair Care Mistakes You Might Be Making

July 14, 2015 3:03 pm

We've all been stricken with a bad hair day now and then, but if you're regularly waking up with unruly tresses, it could be a signal that you need to reevaluate your hair care routine. Here are three common hair care mistakes you might be making:

1) Washing too often.
Unless your hair is excessively oily, you probably don't need to wash your hair every day. Doing so strips your hair of its natural oils, making tresses lifeless and more prone to breakage. To keep your hair looking fresh between washes, consider using a dry shampoo, or simply rinse your hair with cool water only while showering.

2) Applying conditioner only on the ends of your hair.
You've likely heard that conditioner should only be applied to the bottom half of your locks, especially if you have fine, limp hair. However, no matter your hair type, your whole head of hair should receive regular conditioning to prevent breakage and tangles. Use a light conditioner if you're concerned about volume, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. To prevent product build-up, suds up with clarifying shampoo every so often.

3) Misusing heat styling tools.
If you regularly style your hair using dryers, flat irons, curling irons, or other heat styling tools, be sure to first apply a product intended to prevent damage caused by heat. Allow your hair to air dry at least part of the way before taking a blowdryer to your tresses. Also, be sure that your hair is completely dry before attempting to use any heat styling tools.

Top 5 Most Common Hair Care Mistakes Solved! [Daily Makeover]
The 10 Biggest Hair Care Mistakes [Women's Health]
5 Shampoo Mistakes You Had No Idea You Were Making [Oprah]
13 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Hair [HuffPost]

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