• 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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  • Tomato Jam

    Monday, 09 October 2017

    Tomato jam? Weird right? I have heard about the stuff for years but even in the years when we have had a glut of tomatoes I have never ventured down the tomato jam road. Then, a few weeks ago my step-son Jared mentioned that he had tasted some delicious tomato jam in Montecito and that he loved it. Sparked my curiosity and I thought I’d best get right on it. A little research led me to believe that Roma tomatoes would be the best – at least for my first endeavor. I grasped the basic spices used and off I went. My first batch was very flavorful but probably too much heat for most people. My second batch did not have as much heat as the first but it was maybe a little too stiff (unlike fruit jams which are easy to read in...

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  • Couscous Salad

    Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    I have been making this recipe for so long that I have no recollection where it came from. It has been a family and friends favorite for years and years and goes well with so many things. I usually make it in the summer time to take on a picnic or for a BBQ (although I have made it for my step-son many times in other seasons). It is versatile and can be made with chicken stock, vegetable stock or just plain water. I always double the recipe so that there are leftovers. Couscous Salad Ingredients: 2/3 cup currants 3 Tsp butter 1 ½ cups stock 1 ½ cups couscous 1 ½ cups diced celery 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 cup parsley (coarsely chopped) 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup...

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  • Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

    Tuesday, 04 July 2017

    I was reading my daily email from the NYT food department and there it was. The perfect confluence – the junction of two rivers – Zucchini and Ricotta. We are starting summer off with what undoubtedly will be too many zucchini in the garden, which requires me to make every zucchini recipe I can get my hands on. And then there’s ricotta. The recipe advertised a recipe for homemade ricotta. Irresistible. I have been wanting to make ricotta for months – just haven’t gotten to it and here was my chance. This recipe had my name all over it. I hunkered on down. Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil (-NYT, David Tanis) Fresh Homemade Ricotta (-NYT, Melissa Clark) Ingredients: 1 quart whole...

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