• Rosemary Shortbread

    Wednesday, 27 December 2017

    Theresa Karanik and I embarked on a Christmas cookie adventure. Shortbread. Theresa made Rosemary shortbread last year and gave it for gifts in pretty cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. This year I was invited to participate. Oh joy! We made seven batches some Rosemary with fleur de sel and some lemon with fleur de sel. The shortbread is now being packed up as gifts in pretty cellophane bags – just like the one I got from Theresa last year as a gift. Theresa is one of my favorite people. She is super smart and so funny and always a good friend even when she’s not in the mood. She is a dedicated and devoted therapist. She works at Home Boy Industries with Father Greg Boyle and if you don’t know what that is and who...

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  • Thanksgiving 2017 – Dinner Rolls

    Saturday, 02 December 2017

    To say that my family is quirky is probably generous (just ask my older brother Eric). I won’t go into the gruesome details of the craziness but here’s one weird thing: My husband is Alan; my Father, Allen; my step-daughter’s boyfriend, Alan; our daughter-in-law’s Father, Allen. My son is Alex; his girlfriend is Alex; my step-daughter is Alex. It’s weird right? Maybe a bit confusing at times. Anyway - this year, my year to have Thanksgiving at my house, we had just one Alan (my husband) and all of the Alexes. My son’s girlfriend Alex brought her parents Craig and Barbara and they’re lovely. Also, my dear dear neighbor Pam and her son Owen graced our table as did my Mother. It was a sweet, lovely day for a small...

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  • Mexico Inspiration

    Thursday, 30 November 2017

    Alan and I spent the month of October in Mexico. We have been many times but never for such an extended period and it seems that the more time we spend in Mexico the more we appreciate the Country and the warmth and openness of the people. Alan’s first stop was in the Mexican Central Highland city of Queretaro where he was a Global Volunteer teaching English to College students for two weeks. He worked with over 300 students with his mission to speak English with them (and of course he also took every opportunity appropriate to work on his Spanish). My first stop was Oaxaca City and nearby Villages, where I wandered the aisles of the Mercados of 20 de Noviembre, Ocotlan, and Tlacolula, looking for inspiration and cooking and...

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  • Sourcream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017

    Today is the other Alex’s birthday. She’s out celebrating with friends and when Alex (my Alex) went down to join up with them, I had him take some cupcakes that I made for her. The recipe for the cupcakes is as old to me as Alex is (my Alex). . .. This is how I came to love these cupcakes oh so long ago. . .. Just before Alex was born my sister and her then boyfriend opened up a little restaurant on 4th Street in Santa Monica just South of Wilshire. It was called Positively 4th Street. The food was delicious and since this was at a time in my life when my metabolism was a little faster, I was able to eat a whole bunch and still be thin. The place had the most perfect cupcakes and I could walk there from my apartment on...

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  • The Gourmandise School Best Cookies Ever

    Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    Sue is my sometimes cooking buddy. We’ve had some adventures together that’s for sure. This past month we took a cooking class at the Gourmandise School of sweets and savories in Santa Monica. It’s a really sweet cooking school. The classes are fun and the recipes are good and you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Makes me happy. The class that we took together was an all day seminar on cooking with whole grains. I was particularly interested because I’m a little tired of organic unbleached white flour and I find myself looking for recipes that call for other types of flours – grainier substances like cornmeal, buckwheat, like that. It was a good conference and I learned a lot. Sue and I ended up sharing...

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