Category Archives: Stews

Super Bowl Chili

Sunday, 22 February 2015

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I apparently went on hiatus. Inadvertent hiatus I guess. In a way. I had a Thanksgiving posting prepared and then that slipped away. Then Christmas/Chanukah slipped away. Then New Year’s Day slipped away. Then Terry Hoffman’s dinner slipped away. Then Super Bowl slipped away. Now it’s Valentine’s day. No more slipping away. Hiatus is over. I’m back. For the moment I will let the recipes from holidays and gatherings and kitchen experiments go by the wayside, and instead of backtracking four months I’ll start with Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday party started with an email from our friend Suzanne who said something along the lines of “if you’re having a Super Bowl party,...

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Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Half-way through the month and all I have to write about is chocolate cookies. Sad. Crispy chocolate cookies. Chocolate cookies with cornmeal because I’m on that cornmeal textural kick thing. Chococlate cookies with two kinds of chocolate – unsweetened melted and cocoa powder. Chocolate cookies with two kinds of sugar, granulated and confectioners sugar. Really great cookies. In a way they reminded me of the cookies my mom used to make her chocolate cookie, whipped cream concoction that she would refrigerate and then slice on the diagonal. That was so good. Remember that Phil? Eric? Disa? Jamie? Mom? Dad? Anyway. . . a couple things happened this past weekend that made me want to bake. The first thing was that Khai...

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Chicken Pot Pie

Monday, 31 March 2014

You have to be a masochist to make a chicken pot pie. Honestly. It is such a pain in the butt – so time consuming – exhausting in fact. And although homemade pot-pies are delicious - so are Mrs. Swanson’s and you don’t have to do anything other than buy it and pop it in the oven. I remember when I was a kid my parents would go out on Friday or Saturday night and our babysitter Maria Ceraceda or her sister Agnes (who, by the way, was President of the Davy Jones fan club - FYI) would make us dinner (Chicken Pot Pies, popcorn or hot fudge Sundays – parfait style) and we got to eat on TV trays in front of the TV. Best nights ever. Sometimes Maria would bring her boyfriend Renee over and he would teach us sign-language – that...

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Winter Pot Roast

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

(from my brother Eric who got it from Cook’s) I made this a day ahead and refrigerated it and it was perfectly outstandingly delicious. The best wintery meaty pot roast ever. My brother Eric is my go-to guy for meat recipes. He’s amazing and always has an answer and a perfect recipe. He also gave me the Pork and Beans, Garlic and Greens, recipe (See, Batch-33 from April, 1 2013). I was having a meat-eating crowd on a week night so I needed to do the cooking in advance. This recipe is particularly good made the day ahead and refrigerated. The meat is easier to slice, and the flavors blended nicely after a day in the fridge. POST ROAST WITH ROOT VEGETABLES Ingredients: 4 pound boneless beef chuck-eye...

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Sea Bass Provencal

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

I saw this really delicious sounding recipe and I cut it out of some newspaper somewhere and I put it in my purse and I’ve been toting it around ever since. Honestly it’s been so long that I can’t remember where the recipe came from. Today I cleaned out my purse and low and behold (aka ‘holy befold’ as coined by my dear friend Theresa Karanik of Home Boy Industry fame) there was the recipe all tattered and torn but still legible. There’s no time like now I thought so I left work early and detoured over to Santa Monica Seafood then stopped at our local Whole Foods for a pound of roma tomatoes and home to cook. It was a hit! And really pretty. A little labor intensive so I was quite relieved that the men liked it....

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We Made It To The Top

Monday, 03 December 2012

Alan and I visited with Irene Webb, literary agent extraordinate, and her beau Michael in New Mexico in the Spring – April 2012 actually. Irene moved to Santa Fe from Santa Monica about 5 years ago after the kids went off to college – one great, gutsy, successful adventure and I hadn’t been to visit yet – shame on me…. It was an interesting trip and I was inspired. I was inspired by the vast, great beauty of the mountains, sky, quality of the light, faces of people, arroyos, vistas, art, jewelry, food, everything. It was wonderful….. But I didn’t come right home and start cooking. It took some time for it all to percolate – I looked at a few books, read some recipes, did some internet research, read about chiles....

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On Cinco de Mayo I Made Mexican Food – of Course

Saturday, 05 May 2012

Pork Chile Verde with luscious, beautiful tomatillos; Tortilla Soup (both vegetarian and meat-eaters with chicken); Salad; Frijoles; Chips and Guacamole and Guacachile; and Mexican-Chocolate Flourless Cake served with Orange Granite (from the oranges on our tree). It was really May 6th but in honor of May 5th which apparently is of little significance in most part of Mexico but is significant in America. The holiday is a celebration of Mexican pride in the U.S. and is apparently also celebrated in Puebla, Mexico.  Called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla) commemorating the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio...

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