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The Jermyn Street Irregular Cocktail

The Jermyn Street Irregular Cocktail

  There is a classic construct for the perfect cocktail—some citrus for acidity and sourness, a liqueur for sweetness and flavor and a spirit for the body of the drink. This works perfectly for drinks like the Margarita (lime juice, triple sec and tequila) and the Sidecar (lemon juice, Cointreau and brandy). You can ramp […]

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  December 1, 2016   No comments
Poutine

Poutine

Poutine is the ultimate French-Canadian junk food. It originally came from Quebec. Jean-Paul Roy claims to be the inventor of Poutine in 1964; and so does Restaurateur Ferdinand Lachance in 1955 – kind of like the French Dip dilemma. It is a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh “Cheese curds”, covered with brown […]

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  April 3, 2016   No comments

Tamales

Every Christmas eve my mother-in-law served tamales and albondigas soup. She got her tamales from a local source in Los Angeles. This year, my friend asked if I wanted to make tamales with her. Absolutely! We corralled another friend, who actually knows what she’s doing and my daughter. We each brought our own filling. I [...]   Continue Reading
  December 18, 2015   No comments

Pumpkin Flavored Everything

It’s a bit of a rant! Pumpkin season is getting earlier each year. And I don’t mean the crop. At major chains, nearly 20% of all pumpkin food items now are introduced in August, when temperatures in many parts of the country still are sweltering. Pumpkin-flavored items went from reaching 6% to 14.5% of U.S. […]

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  September 23, 2015   1 comment

Peachy Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the oldest cocktails around—hence the name—and has had many iterations over the years but basically must have spirits, sugar, bitters and water.  The Old Fashioned we know today, that most manly of drinks beloved of Don Draper, uses American whiskey (usually rye) and comes complete with a wedge [...]   Continue Reading
  August 6, 2015   No comments

Tweaking Prepared Meals

How to fool your guests! When my husband and I lived in London, the big thing was to have “posh” dinner parties and disguise Marks & Spencer’s prepared food and make it your own. The key was making sure there was no packaging left in the kitchen for any of the guests to see.  Last […]

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  July 23, 2015   1 comment

6 Year Blogiversary

As of today, I have been blogging for 6 years. Given that I have the attention span of a gnat, I am impressed with myself! I have posted 5 days a week, without missing a single day. That’s 1,560 days. This blog is really a daily diary of what I’m doing in the kitchen.  I have covered […]

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  July 16, 2015   7 comments

TalktoChef

I recently joined TalkToChef, which is a website designed for chefs and foodies to share their expertise with others.  Whether your questions concern a recipe, techniques, tips, meal planning, food budgeting, food health issues or any other culinary question that you might have. I am very excited about this amazing opportunity to share my passion for teaching and […]

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  May 9, 2015   No comments
The Orange Grove Cocktail

The Orange Grove Cocktail

To see my home in Pasadena; Home where grass is greener Where honeybees Hum melodies And orange trees scent the breeze.                                 –Al Jolson Pasadena, California, is home to the Rose Parade, the California Institute of Technology, Julia Child (yes, really) and—at one time—groves of orange trees.  The groves are long gone, but they gave […]

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  March 5, 2015   1 comment

Holiday Ice Candle

Here is an easy, inexpensive decorative candle holder for your Holiday table.  (I can’t use the word tablescape!)  I’ve also done this other times of the year using rosemary and kumquats or sliced lemons, etc. The photos are not actually step by step, but it gives you an idea of what I did. Step 1 [...]   Continue Reading
  December 9, 2014   No comments