Category Archives: Snacks

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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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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Cherry Hand Pies

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My Dad loves pies. I have vivid memories of going to Dupars in the Valley with my Dad when I was a little kid and ordering pie with him. He has hysterical stories that he tells about his interactions with the Dupar’s waitresses who I remember would wear uniforms with aprons. My dad is a charmer and I’m sure the old gals all loved him. I grew up thinking that my father’s favorite pies were banana cream pie and chocolate cream pie. Although it’s true that he loves those, his deepest pie dream is Cherry pie. I did not learn this until two months ago. Since then I have been working to perfect my crust and pie making ability. My Father is now 88-years old – not bad for a guy who has been smoking Marlborogh cigarettes for...

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My grandmother used to make a delicious pumpkin chiffon pie. I started making it when I started making Thanksgiving but it was never quite as good my grandma's pie.  Also, it is a pie that takes a long time to make and gelatin is involved which, as a vegetarian is kind of a no-no as gelatin comes from critters.  I have tried several pumpkin pie recipes over the years looking for a good one that does not involve gelatin and that’s a bit easier than my Grandma’s.  Until now, I have had little success with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I am now a self-proclaimed pumpkin pie wizard.  Here's my secret - do not use fresh pumpkin.  In the past, I would buy a sugar pumpkin and roast it and mash it, and use it for the pie but the thing...

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Apple Pie

Monday, 05 December 2016

It is Thanksgiving 2016. Even in this insane year there is much to be thankful for. Keeping it simple, let’s be thankful that Ellen discovered this Crunch-top Apple Pie who knows how many years ago. She usually insists on making it. Then she insists on serving it, and sometimes she even insists on deciding which guest gets to eat it (Susan…. remember that Thanksgiving?). This year we had a talk and she agreed that I could give it a go on my own. Here’s a photo of the Sunset cookbook with the recipe (on short-term loan to me), my gorgeous new rolling pin (works like a dream), and the PIE (not as pretty as Ellen Neiman’s but then it only took me 40 minutes start to finish and dollars to donuts it tastes the same as...

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Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, 25 September 2016

These cookies need no introduction other than they are the best cookies EVER. Smittenkitchen described them as “scandalous” and it’s true. My friend Lace adapted the recipe and it is now flour-free. Light, crispy, chocolaty, so good. Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from recipe for crisp salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 1 cup oat flour ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp table salt 14 Tablespoons ( 1 ¾ cups) unsalted butter, slightly softened 1 cup sugar ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups old fashion rolled oats 6 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate hand...

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Barry’s Dill Pickles

Monday, 19 September 2016

In September 2012, I wrote about a road-trip that Alan and I took up to Oregon. It included a stop at Suzy and Barry Stone’s incredible home on the Rogue River. Two lovely, generous hearted people with a vegetable garden to match (lovely and generous hearted!) That vegetable garden was something to behold and as evidenced by photos that Barry sent to me last week it’s even bigger and better four years later. How I would love to be there in that garden, with those lovely people, strolling through the garden, cooking, and river rafting, and hanging out... When Barry sent me photos of the updated garden he also told me about the jamming and canning that he’d been doing this summer. Apricot, peach, dill pickles. I was all over...

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Gwyneth’s Mother’s Cookies

Monday, 22 August 2016

I was at my friend Pam’s house for dinner last week and I started looking through her cook book collection. The books were all really clean - pristine clean in fact. I immediately felt self-conscious and incompetent because mine are always full of flour and sugar and oil splatters and greasy fingerprints and crumbs. I am just a mess of a cook and a cookbook wrecker. While I was looking through the pretty, clean cookbooks I noticed a few cook books by Gwyneth Paltrow which I thought was ridiculous and I expressed shock and disgust that she Pam, the amazing, smart, erudite Pam, would own a cook book by a movie star. Really Pam? I just thought: 'how dumb is that.' I mean Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress for goodness sakes - she is not a...

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Cauliflower Soup

Friday, 11 March 2016

Cauliflower. Caul-i-flower. It does look like a flower. A white-ish or purple or green or yellow bulby flower. Edible. There was one in the refrigerator and I felt like soup and I had been mining for recipes the day before and noticed one for cauliflower soup. So there it was. I had the ingredients (or most of them) and it was simple and delicious. Try it. Cauliflower Soup (modified from Food52) Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, sliced including the core 1 Tbsp butter ½ Tbsp olive oil ½ yellow onion, diced 1 leek light green parts only, diced (this is the ingredient that I was missing the first time around and so I used one whole yellow onion. Second time I had a leek. It was good both ways). 2...

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