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Fennel al Forno

I absolutely love David Tanis’ column in the New York Times food section and have tried almost every recipe that he has provided! He makes everything sound so sensible, yet ...

Mandaritas!

My husband makes a great handmade Margarita, recently a shortage of limes and an abundance of mandarins in the house caused him to improvise what turned out to be a ...

Meyer Lemons

  My little Meyer Lemon Tree really outdid itself this year. I probably harvested something like 60 or 70 lemons from the tree this year and it’s a dwarf tree!! ...

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Larry’s at the Erwin Hotel

Larry’s has been on my list for a while now.  It is ...

The Mozza Cookbook

I received this wonderful cookbook as a Christmas present. I was super ...

Roasting 2 Chickens at the Same Time!

My husband’s nephew was in town and we invited him to over for ...

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Irish Soda Bread & Corned Beef & Cabbage

Yep, I know it’s kitschy, (and not authentic!) but that’s what we had for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish Soda bread was made from a recipe by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa Irish Soda Bread Recipe The recipe is easy to put together and includes orange zest, which adds a subtle brightness. The [...]

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Winter Gardening

Right now I have quite a litte veggie garden going. These pretty spicy mustard greens Mizuna, Osaka Purple, Pac Choi   Rainbow Swiss Chard, this was so easy to grow and so useful in the kitchen last year, that I just had to grow it again. Arugula Soon I will be a strawberry! Oh, by the way I got a new [...]

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Tomato Pie

It’s October, so officially Fall, but here in Southern California our days are still wonderfully warm and most of our summer fruit & veggies are still available at the Farmer’s Market. Inspired by the lovely heirloom tomatoes I found at the Market this Sunday I made a tomato pie! It’s super easy! First puff pastry [...]

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Zucchini Ricotta Fritters

I love zucchini, but I tend to serve it the same way all the time, grilled.  When I saw these beautiful zucchini at the farmer’s market I decided I wanted to try something a litter fancier (also I don’t have a grill right now!).  I found this recipe from Mario Batali and decided to give [...]

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The New Gladstone’s

I have always had a soft spot for Gladstone’s, yeah the food was never very good, but the first time I ever visited Los Angeles my friend Danny took me there and we almost always went there everytime I came to visit him. I had lunch there on my 39th Birthday with my pals Julie, [...]

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Great Balls on Tires!

Went to the Unique LA Show last weekend at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. It was really cool to see all the local talented designers and artists. But more importantly they had a bunch of food trucks out front for dining before or after shopping!  I decided to try the Great Balls on Tires [...]

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Grilled Peaches

I picked up some gorgeous peaches at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and I decided to make a grilled peach salad. I quartered the peaches, sprayed them with a little olive oil. Then put them on the grill. We just bought this new grill and as it turns out it is a pretty lousy grill.  [...]

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I Spatchcocked a Chicken and Liked It.

This naughty sounding term is actually one of the best ways to quickly cook a whole bird and achieve a crackling crisp skin. Simple to do with a pair of poultry shears or sharp knife, the backbone is simply cut out of the bird and the bird’s breastbone pushed flat. Tucking the wings under the [...]

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Rhubarb Pie

Why don’t nice restaurants offer pie? When I worked at Chez Panisse, customers would always ask why, with all this good fruit around, don”t you make pie? I had this discussion with one of the pastry chefs, Siew Chin Chin, and we mused about the lowly status of pies and their lack of representation in [...]

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The Last Time I Ate Paris.

When we were in Paris last spring…hmmm, that sounds haughty.  What if I said we won the trip? Worse? Anyway, it was the first time I’d been and my expectations were set pretty high…yet I also was open to the fact that just ‘cause it’s Paris there are still bad cooks who make bad food.  [...]

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