Category Archives: French

Summer Gazpacho

Saturday, 02 January 2016

It’s been a long hiatus and hopefully it’s over! This is where I left off. . . . We had a treasure trove of tomatoes in our garden, which was glorious and fun. Once again I experimented with gazpacho recipes, which are all sort of the same just different proportions of tomatoes to other ingredients – mostly nuanced differences. Below is what I came up with for last summer. A perfectly delicious cold soup on a hot summer day and it was hot this summer! We lived on this stuff. Gazpacho 2 cups cubed day-old bread (take off the crusts)* 4 pounds of tomatoes – the more delicious the tomatoes the more delicious the soup – obviously. 1 cup of cucumber (peeled and seeded and chopped) 1 Tbsp...

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Helene’s Chocolate Brownies And Khai’s Send-Off

Thursday, 23 October 2014

I really like reading David Lebovitz’s blog. Someone set it up so that it automatically pops up in my email. I think Sele Nadel-Hayes did that for me. Various people help me in various ways with my computer. Sele is one of my helpers. Issa is another. Alex is another. Jared is another. Etc. I also like David Lebovitz’s app ‘Living the Sweet Life in Paris’ – especially when I’m in Paris. The app is about pastry shops, sweet shops, etc. from David Lebovitz’s view. I like his view. Lebovitz is a Chez Panisse trained chef living now in Paris – so he’s got the chops to know food and to talk about it. He’s charming. He’s witty. He knows his stuff. His blog has typos in it. I’m always happy reading...

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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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Black Rice Crust Quiche

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Alan has great friends.  I get to have Alan's friend as my friends now by virtue of my association with Alan.  Lucky me.  Two of his friends invited us to their weekend house up in Idyllwild. They have invited us up about a dozen times and we can never go for a variety of reasons – all legitimate I might add - but this time it actually happened and the timing couldn't have been better because the following weekend it snowed! Their home is lovely, the fire warm and welcoming, the wine and vodka freely flowing. It’s in a pine forest, in a little valley community called Pine Cove. The views feature beautiful pine trees with a backdrop of the San Gorgonio mountains. Their home is filled with family heirlooms - from hooked rugs...

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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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French Apple Tart And More Lost Family

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I think it was a little gutsy making a “French Apple Tart” just three days after Alex returned from a month-long trip to France…. That would be Paris, France. I know. I know. I know. You’re probably thinking hubris. But really it was more like foolhardiness I think. The thing is, it’s Fall. Fall is all about Apples – so so many kinds of apples. I made a commitment, back in the summer, that I was going to get close with apples this Fall. And it is now Fall. Fall lasts only so long so I had to get going and people were coming for dinner so it was the perfect moment to start my relationship with the apples. The people who were coming for dinner, in addition to Alex and Jared, happened to be Alan’s relatives – yes...

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Mother’s Day Brunch Pt 3 – Lentil-Haricot Verts Salad

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Another huge hit this year was Jessica Montaigne’s lentil-haricot vert salad. Jessica is a personal trainer and she’s awesome. If you want to get into shape - get in touch with her. She’s also a wonderful person, cook, and mom. She’s smart, well-read, educated about the body and food, and politics AND she’s funny. She’ll do work-outs at her gym in Venice or she’ll come to your house or wherever. She also teaches yoga. She’s the best. Her email is: Here’s a photo of Jess and her adorable daughter Lily (I love Lily….) and a recipe for her salad. Lentil-Haricot Vert Salad (from Jessica Montaigne) 1 cup cooked lentils (Jess uses the vacume packed lentils from Trader...

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