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

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

I served a taco bar at a party I catered last weekend. Pork was one of the options. I also made chicken and a vegetarian option. PrintSlow Cooker Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa Yield: 10 IngredientsPork 8 lb bone in pork shoulder, skin trimmed off 5 Tbs garlic powder 3 Tbs dried oregano 4 Tbs […]

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  November 3, 2014   No comments

Curried Carrot Soup

I made this delicious carrot soup.  I grated apple on top, which doesn’t look very good, but tastes great! PrintCurried Carrot Soup Yield: 6 – 8 Ingredients¼ cup vegetable oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 lbs carrots, cut into ¼-inch slices 3 cloves of garlic 1 cup raw cashews 1½ Tbs yellow curry powder […]

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  October 9, 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

Bacon 101

Here is an easy way to cook bacon with less splatter. Place the bacon (in strips or cut into pieces) and just enough water to cover it in a skillet over high heat. When the water reaches a boil, lower the heat to medium. Once all of the water has simmered away, turn down the […]

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  September 4, 2014   2 comments

Benihana’s Fried Rice

If you can’t stand the heat, then step away from this 500-degree griddle! My friend Dave received a Be the Chef program gift certificate at Benihana’s from his family.  It always looks so easy to be a teppanyaki chef. Trust me, it’s very difficult and VERY hot! Dave did an amazing job at keeping everything […]

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  September 2, 2014   7 comments