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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

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_images_carousel images=”17146,17147,17148,17149,17150,17151″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” mode=”horizontal” speed=”3000″ slides_per_view=”1″ img_size=”thumbnail” autoplay=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] 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 […]

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  December 9, 2014   No comments
Wise Men Cocktail

Wise Men Cocktail

My passion is cooking–I like a cocktail as much as the next gal, but I live in the kitchen, not behind the bar.  For years, I have relied upon my husband–a mixologist par excellence–to ghostwrite my blogs about cocktails.  Well, now he can step into the light and you can meet my longest-standing guest blogger, my husband […]

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  December 3, 2014   2 comments

Homemade Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup

Thanksgiving is upon us and those green bean casseroles will appear on the tables across America. If you would like to make it from scratch, without opening a can of soup, here’s a recipe for cream of chicken soup, one of the most used condensed soup varieties. To make cream of anything else, substitute the […]

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  November 21, 2014   1 comment

Grand Central Market – a Field Trip

Recently, I went down to the Grand Central Market with some friends to check out all the new vendors.  It’s in the Homer Laughlin Building, at 317 South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, which is the city’s largest and oldest public market.  It opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since.  Grand Central Market definitely […]

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  October 2, 2014   2 comments

The Diamond Dog Cocktail

David Bowie was David Bowie is the artist that has been a huge influence in my life. He taught me a lot of things, mainly to be myself. It never occurred to me to imagine life with a finite body of his work. I have been a major David Bowie fan since the ’70s. I even […]

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  September 26, 2014   2 comments