Category Archives: Recipes

Polenta Cookies

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I’m kind of on a cornmeal in dessert kick. Don’t know why. Last month I hunted for the perfect cornmeal olive oil cake. This month it’s cornmeal cookies. I just couldn’t make them until I had a reason and Saturday night was the perfect opportunity. Our friends Mary and Pablo (Pablo the famous electrician and tamale maker extraordinaire) invited us for dinner. My contribution was a salad and that’s it but I somehow felt compelled to bring dessert too – that part struck me at 5:00 pm and we were to be there between 6:00 and 6:30. The pressure was on. I had been staring at a Polenta Cookie recipe for quite some time - from Food52 - submitted by someone named Emiko and it looked like I could get it done in the right...

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Zucchini Circles

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Zucchini. I am ambivalent about my relationship with zucchini. I want it to be a special relationship but it’s not really. Zucchini is just kind of blah. Water and tasteless squash. But it’s pretty and I keep wanting to make things with it. I just keep trying and trying and trying. My most recent attempt at improving our relationship was tonight. This is what I did. . .. Zucchini Circles (made up) Ingredients: A bunch of smallish zucchini or zucchini of any size. Olive oil – a couple tablespoons ½ cup of grated or shredded parmesan cheese ½ cup of bread crumbs salt and pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 450° Oil or spray oil a baking sheet Cut the zucchini into 1/4 “ circles Mix the...

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Smashed Potatoes

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

We made these for brunch on Sunday. They are the easiest to make (and to eat)_. They were really delicious. I maybe put too much salt on them (definitely did in fact) but they were still great. Everyone loved them. They would also be great with a red spice sprinkled over them before the ‘broil’. Perhaps smoky paprika? Chipotle flakes? Sumac? Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (remember that stuff?) These potatoes are so versatile. They’re good for breakfast or brunch or dinner or right when you get home from work and you’re starving and can’t wait for anything. They’re good on their own or as a side. And they’re soooo pretty. Smashed Potatoes Ingredients: Potatoes – as many as you want. I used fingerlings...

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Mandelbrod Aka Mondel Broidt

Thursday, 08 May 2014

My Mother-in-law Ellie Seltzer, wife of the late Bernie Seltzer (father-in-law and beloved father of my dear darling husband), has been in town visiting with us. Having Ellie here has been a total treat. Why did we ever wait so long to bring her out for a visit. Ellie is awesome and enjoyable and an excellent houseguest and kind and wise. We love her and have loved having her here. One of the things that I enjoy enormously when we go visit Ellie in Florida – besides being around her - is her mandelbrod. Jewish biscotti – for those of you who have no idea what a mandelbrod is. Ellie is an amazing mandelbrod maker and she’s promised me for years that she will teach me. Well this trip was the perfect opportunity but then all of...

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Chilaquiles

Monday, 05 May 2014

(An amalgamation of recipes from the internet and a couple of Mexican cook books) Today is May 5th – Cinco de mayo and as noted in my May 5th 2012 post, a holiday of relative insignificance in Mexico (except in Puebla where it is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, aka The Day of the Battle of Puebla), that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Today, here in Venice, we celebrated with brunch because my brother Eric and brother-from-another-mother Danny were in town for their 40th High School Reunion. My niece Jane and her friends were in attendance along with Alan my husband, my step-son Jared and my son Alex...

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Orange Cornmeal Olive Oil Cake

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

I have been wanting to make an olive oil cake for a long time. I’ve been reading recipes for months – truly. I had in my mind that an olive oil cake would be dense, simply rich – not heavy rich - flavorful, moist and elegant. I have never eaten an olive oil cake before to my knowledge but I just had in my mind what it would taste like. I really wanted to make one but I was also wary because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t turn out moist and delicious. Well...Ellie’s visit prompted me (Ellie is my mother-in-law – Alan’s step-mom who is visiting us from Florida. I wrote about her previously). Tonight, Sunday, - Easter Sunday by the way - the kids came to celebrate and visit Ellie and I needed...

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Berkeley Cheese Board Scones

Monday, 28 April 2014

Ellie came for a visit. We had been waiting for her for weeks. Ellie is Alan’s Father’s wife. I don’t think she has been out in 10-years – since our wedding. So much has happened in her life and in ours since then. Most notably – Bernie, her husband, Alan’s dad, passed away. He was a wonderful, interesting, charismatic man and my husband Alan loved him so much – so did Ellie. He died in his sleep. So peaceful. We haven’t seen Ellie in a couple years – the last time was when we were on our way to Cuba – with Alex and we stopped in Florida for a visit with her. We have been wanting to have her out for quite some time and it finally worked out. Ellie is amazing. She is 89-years old and lives in Boynton Beach Florida,...

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Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Ever since Virginia Ripley’s pre-wedding girlfriend gathering I’ve been wanting to make Quinoa cakes again. That night I didn’t really make them but I did enjoy eating them. Ariane – Virginia’s dear dear friend - who was here from Paris to celebrate Virginia and John - rescued me. I never would have known how to pat them together firmly if Ariane hadn’t shown me. And then she cooked them. And somehow I thought it was a big project so I postponed another shot at them. The truth is – they’re manageable – even on a weeknight. Then, the other day, when I was sort of cleaning out the cupboard I came across some quinoa and decided the time had come. This revelation coincided with the arrival of Ellie Seltzer – Alan’s...

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Baci Di Dama

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Disa is in town from Denmark (Disa is the wife of famous brewmeister Niels Thomson of Denmark and she is my oldest friend – we met on the first day of Kindergarten). Check out Disa and Niel’s brewery online – it’s Wintercoat.dk. Their beer is excellent! Truly.) Disa is in town putting together a program to bring 20 of her students to Santa Monica for five-weeks next January. The students will be studying at Santa Monica college in a program designed for them. We’re looking for host families for the students if you know anyone. The students want to live with families who have children their age – between 17 and 19. In addition to the school program, Disa will have activities for them some mandatory and some elective....

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Matzoh Crunch

Monday, 21 April 2014

There has been a Hew and Cry for my Matzoh Crunch recipe which until now has been top secret (however retrievable on the internet as are all things). On the second night of Passover we went to the Solomon’s – Alan’s cousin’s home – just like we always do every year for the past million years. It was bittersweet this year. This is the last Agoura Hills Solomon Passover because they are moving to New Jersey to be close to David’s new job. David has already started work and so he was not at home to preside over the Seder this year – it was led by Deb who did a beautiful job on the last Seder in their California home. I know it’s not easy and it’s a big jolt and jarring change in their lives but they are on to new...

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