Category Archives: Recipes

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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Warm French Lentils

Monday, 14 April 2014

I have these old old friends from way back when. David and Beth. They are wonderful, warm, lovely people. I was in their wedding. It’s true. My first foray into wedding life. Since I started out as David’s friend I was technically one of his grooms-people but in a Bridesmaid’s dress. I felt awkward in that dress – I will never forget. Anyway. . . I adore them both and we have started getting together regularly – about every four months or so. Well, actually, we’ve done it twice. But both times have been excellent. Prior to that we were all too busy with work and raising family. Kids are now in college or graduated and there’s a little free weekend time so there we were. The first time we got together was...

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Almond Honey Squares

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I was 17 when I started college at San Francisco State University - SFSU– a semester late. I started in January 1975 instead of the traditional September. Everyone was already comfortably settled into dorm rooms. I was late because I hadn’t wanted to go to college after I graduated and my parents weren’t paying a whole lot of attention and didn’t expect a whole lot from me in any event, and it was just fine with them – or so it seemed. My Big Plan was to be a grown-up. Honest. I got a job at my Uncle’s Law Firm as a receptionist (“Mink and Neiman Inc., how may I help you?”) and I moved in with my boyfriend and a friend of his. What a great idea right? My parents weren’t happy about that part but couldn’t...

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Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake

Thursday, 03 April 2014

On the same day that I made the ridiculous chicken pot pie and the Spice-Crusted carrots with Harissa Yogurt, I also made dessert. My eye caught this recipe, as I was flipping through Bon Appetit March 2014 issue, that looked so delicious I couldn’t resist. It’s a chocolate coconut pound cake. I haven’t had pound cake in years and even though I’m still on that darn diet I just couldn’t resist this recipe. I did taste it and it’s really really good, dense, chocolately, the perfect crumb, sweet but not too sweet, so good, and I think it would be even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake (from Bon Appetit, March 2014) -Preheat oven to 325°F -Butter an 8” x 4” loaf pan....

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Spicy-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

(from Bon Appetite March 2014) Sometimes Bon Appetite just hits the nail-on-the-head. This recipe is one of those times. These carrots are absolutely delicious and really easy to make. For some reason I made them with the Chicken-pot-pie which in hindsight is curious because they are way too sophisticated for that down-home comfort food kind of thing. Nonetheless that’s what I did. This is a really good time of year to make these because the grocery stores and farmers’ markets are full of beautiful, colorful, youthful, tender carrots. Keep some of the tops on for prettiness. So good. Spice-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt Ingredients: 2 pounds small carrots, scrubbed, tops trimmed to that the green...

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