February 4th, 2014

Make a CHESTNUT TORTE for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!



4 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
1 stick Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
¾ cup Unsweetened Canned Chestnut Puree
1 tbsp Rum or Brandy
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Sea Salt
4 Large Eggs, separated, at room temperature
½ cup Sugar
1/8 tsp Cream Of Tartar
Powdered Sugar for dusting (optional)
Powdered Chocolate for dusting (optional)
Whipped Cream (optional)
Mixed Berries (optional)


1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375˚F.

2. Line the bottom of the cake pan (8 x 3 inches springform pan) with a circle of parchment paper.

3. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water and stir occasionally until nearly melted. Remove from the heat and stir until melted and smooth. Or microwave on 50% power for about 1-½ minutes. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

4. Stir the chestnuts, rum, vanilla, and salt into the chocolate. Whisk in the egg yolks, along with 6 Tbsp of the sugar. Set aside.

5. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form when the beaters are lifted. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 2 Tbsp sugar and beat at thigh speed (or medium high speed in a heavy duty mixer) until the peaks are stiff but not dry. Scoop ¼ of the egg whites onto the chocolate batter. Using a large runner spatula, fold them in. Scrape the remaining egg whites onto the batter and fold together.

6. Turn the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it level if necessary. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan still has moist crumbs clinging to it.

7. Set the pan on a rack to cool. (The cooled torte can be covered tightly with plastic wrap, or removed from the pan an wrapped well, and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

8. To serve, slide a slim knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake. Remove the pan sides and transfer the cake, on the pan bottom, to a platter, or invert the cake onto a rack or tray, remove the bottom and the paper liner, and invert again onto a platter. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift a little powdered sugar or chocolate over the top of the cake before serving, if desired. Serve each slice with some mixed berries or whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe from www.seasaltwithfood.com by Angie Tee

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Movie night this Saturday June 8th at 7pm!!! Bring the family to enjoy refreshments and watch a movie on the Wiseburn Little League baseball field. All proceeds will go to support Wiseburn Little League!

June 6th, 2013


The Seller’s Market I’ve Been Talking About Has Arrived!

May 21st, 2013

“What is a seller’s market?” you might ask. A seller’s market means that there are more buyers than sellers, and that the demand is higher than the supply. What does this mean for you and your family? It means that if you’ve been sitting on the fence, thinking about moving, wondering how much your home is worth, and waiting for the market to get better – now is absolutely the time! Take a moment and flip the page to see recent sales in your subarea. If you’re not ready to move but know someone who is, please call me to learn more about the referral benefits I offer for referring a family member or friend at 310-643-5267 or Kathy@KathyJENKINS.com.

As of today, there are over 20 pending sales in West Hawthorne!


March 29th, 2013

… Sharing my favorite Easter ‘funny’ with you! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Property Management Promotion

March 29th, 2013

I wanted to let you know about a promotion that is currently going on with my property management business. In an effort to grow my business and encourage referrals, I am now offering a Yelp deal for a limited time. Currently the deal is 50% off (you pay $80 for $160 worth of property management services). On top of that, I never start my monthly fees until your property is rented. My staff and I are technologically advanced, so much so, that many of our clients are out of state and we manage their properties here for them so they can relax. Some of the services we offer are direct pay (rent is deposited each month directly into your account), statements emailed to you every month, diligent rent collection, direct bill payment for all of your property’s expenses, expert vacancy advertising, and annual inspections to make sure that your property is being taken care of. If you need assistance managing your rental property, feel free to contact us to learn how we can help. I can be reached at 310-643-5267 or by emailing Kathy@KathyJENKINS.com.

To access our Yelp deal, copy and paste the link below into your web browser or click here.



Real Estate Funny

March 28th, 2013

My Favorite Healthy & TASTY Green Morning Smoothie

March 27th, 2013

I recently jumped back onto the “green smoothie” bandwagon and I have one EASY recipe in particular that I want to share with you all.

1 scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder
1-2 large kale leaves (1-2 cups chopped)
2 cups almond milk
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1 frozen banana

1. Place all ingredients in a heavy-duty blender and puree until smooth.

For more healthy smoothie recipes visit my “healthy smoothie receipes” pinterest board by clicking here.

Renewed Freshness in the Kitchen

March 21st, 2013

An older dishwasher doesn’t have to look… or smell old. Running a cup of distilled white vinegar through the wash cycle of an empty dishwasher will remove soap film, mineral deposits and unpleasant odors. The food drain trap and spray arms can be removed and cleaned in the sink with warm water and vinegar. The point of a bamboo skewer or a toothpick can be helpful in cleaning the holes of the spray arms.

Rust removal can be accomplished with some fine steel wool. If the dishwasher rack or tines need repair, most manufacturers offer repair kits for less than ten dollars. Clean and inspect the gaskets and seals around the dishwasher door, as they can dry out and crack. Gaskets are simple to replace and can be purchased from the manufacturer or at a home improvement store.

Inspect the supply and drain hoses at least annually. If there is any sign of deterioration, replace the hoses. You can usually find hoses at a home improvement store or they can be ordered from the manufacturer.

The garbage disposal is designed to pulverize food scraps which are then flushed away with water, but minute food particles often become trapped inside the garbage disposal. If not cleaned regularly, you now have the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to grow. Cleaning the garbage disposal weekly will help reduce bacteria and alleviate unpleasant odors.

Pour a half cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal followed by one cup of white, distilled vinegar (do not pre-mix the two). Allow the baking soda and vinegar to work together for a few minutes while you boil about eight cups of water in the teakettle or pot. Once the water reaches a full boil, carefully pour it into the disposal.

To sharpen the blades in your garbage disposal, periodically fill it with a cup of ice, run cold water into the unit at full pressure, and turn the disposal on to grind the ice. Make sure to stand away from the disposal in case the unit kicks out a piece of ice. For a nice, fresh scent, put some peels from a lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit in the drain with the ice cubes.

Refrigerators need regular attention, too. Condenser coils, attached to the exterior of many refrigerators, attract dust and pet hair and need to be “dusted” to rid them of debris. A long-handled brush or vacuum can be used to clean the coils after the power to the refrigerator is shut off.

Inspect the water supply line for the ice maker and water dispenser. If it is discolored or appears to be cracking, replace it with a new one. Also check the gasket around the doors of the refrigerator for wear and replace when necessary.

For tips like these and more, check out my “Home Tips & Tricks” board on Pinterest by clicking here.

Kitchen tip courtesy of my #1 home inspector, Michael Boeger with Equity Building Inspection 310-540-0200.