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  BIy Angie Bridges
n all my years cooking, never have
I seen such a sad response to a
vegetable like the humble Brussel sprout. These little cabbage-like vegetables are closely related to kale, cauliflower and mustard greens, and they boast high levels of many nutrients and have been linked to several health benefits. However, perhaps you’re like me, and remember them served to you in the 70’s, and 80’s one way: steamed, and bland. They didn’t exactly excite anyone, and I can remember trying to even feed them to our pet dog, who’d turn his nose up too.
Well let me tell you, the Brussel sprout has come back and with a culinary vengeance! For a quite a few years now the
Brussel sprout has had a spot of honor at our Thanksgiving table-once I learned how to roast and season them different ways and was, I pleased to see them get eaten up every year. This month I’m sharing a recipe that came from that is truly delicious and worthy of your holiday table. I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving 2019. Ciao for Now, Angie
Cheesy Brussel Sprout Bake
You’ll Need: 5 slices bacon, 3 tbsp. butter, 2 small shallots, minced, 2 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 3/4 c. heavy cream. 1/2 c. shredded sharp white cheddar, 1/2 c. shredded Gruyère or swiss cheese. (use Gruyere if possible) Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In a large
oven-safe skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then chop. Discard bacon fat. Return skillet to medium heat and melt butter. Add shallots and Brussels sprouts and season with salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with heavy cream, then top with both cheeses and bacon. Bake until cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes. (If your cheese isn’t golden, switch oven to broil and broil 1 minute.)
Angie Bridges is owner of Copa Wine Bar in
Stone Oak along with
her husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.
The Humble Brussel Sprout
        IBy Alissa Reinhard
t’s November which means chilly temperatures. When water temperatures move in the direction of
freezing, that can mean trouble for unsealed outdoor surfaces, like flagstone.
Over the past 25 years, I’ve cleaned and sealed just about every surface outside the home. But lately, with the introduction of the saltwater swimming pool, I’m getting a lot of calls asking why the flagstone is flaking into the pools. After phoning many local pool installer, this seems to be a common problem: the flagstone flakes and discolors the pool inside.
So why does this happen? When water temperature moves in the direction of freezing, the water expands. When rock or flagstone moves in direction of freezing, the rock contracts, or gets smaller. So when temperatures change throughout the day, the rock and water move in opposite directions, causing flaking.
So what’s the solution? Seal water out of the stone. The sealer that works best is a
penetrating solexene – a sealer with a small molecule that will penetrate deep into the stone, encapsulating the granules that make up the stone creating many layers of sealant inside the rock. Solexene also dries to a natural color and creates a high surface tension that emulsifies water away. It has a long life and will not break down in the sun.
I believe solexene is the perfect solution for flaking flagstone and I have firsthand knowledge to prove it. I built two flagstone patios, side by side, with the same stone. I sealed one patio and left the other unsealed. The sealed patio does not saturate water and does not flake. However, the unsealed patio is constantly flaking and pooling. When it gets wet, it stays wet. And as the temperature fluctuates, it flakes.
I hope you find these tips useful. I’d be happy to service your deck and patio today! Just call Barry Hagendorf’s Deck and Patio Care at 210-822-9147 for a free estimate or visit
costs and Seal Those Air Leaks. Repair/ replace damaged weather stripping and cracked caulking around your doors and windows. Check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, pipes or wires enter the house, and around windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. I believe that this is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs that you can do – but it is so very important! Openings in your foundation can allow water to get in and freeze, resulting in widening cracks and MOLD build up! Remember we have talked about it before: MOLD = BAD!
Who are you going to call to help make Your Real Estate Dreams Come True? Why me of course! See you next month!
Gina M. Sohmer, is a veteran, a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Seller’s Representative Specialist, an Accredited Buyer’s Representative with exp Realty.
Gina M. Sohmer, is a
veteran, a Graduate of
the REALTOR® Institute,
a Seller’s Representative
Specialist, an Accredited
Buyer’s Representative
with exp Realty. She can
be reached at or (210) 608-0650.
November 2019
Real Estate Matters
Preparing Your Home For The Fall Season
TBy Gina M. Sohmer
he seasons are changing! You can feel it in your bones! But, before you go into ‘hibernation mode’ in
preparation for a nice cold winter – there is a season called FALL that is the perfect time to get some very important home maintenance items completed!
Here are a few fairly simple Fall Home Projects:
1. Clean and Reverse Ceiling Fans. Fans working hard all summer are probably dustier than you think! Turn your fans off then clean the sides, tops and bottoms of the blades. Reverse your fans so the blades send air upward to push the warm air that collects near the ceiling downward: making your rooms during cooler weather more comfortable! This is especially effective in rooms with high/vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves.
2. Clean Window Treatments. Use a hand-held vacuum to remove dust from blinds, curtains, and valances. If you have curtains, remove and launder them. While they’re down, clean your windows and sills thoroughly.
3. Vacuum and Clean Furniture. Vacuum your upholstered furniture, and spot- clean the big stains as needed. Treat with Febreeze to freshen the fabric. ***Always test an inconspicuous area of your couch before applying any cleaning agent!
     4. Save yourself some money on heating

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