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You know the expression, “Necessity is the Mother of invention”? In this case, my Bread Pudding invention turned out to be simply divine.

April 27, 2016
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Chocolate Prune Croissant Bread Pudding

I figured dessert would be simple and easy and I headed out to the freezer to the cookie stash, but someone had gotten to it before me. It was then I vaguely remembered invading the cookie stash for several tea and cookie afternoons. I kept searching the freezer, looking for hidden treasure, and I found […]

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March 31, 2016
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Roasted Mushrooms

You might have read the prior posts for Spicy Potatoes, Indian Spinach or Garbanzo Beans and thought to yourself, “These sound great but I don’t have the spices, and I don’t want to buy them”. Well, here is a recipe you have no excuse not to try. All of the ingredients are readily available at […]

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January 21, 2016
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Jazzing up brussels sprouts seems to be the current food craze which I don’t subscribe to. Just before Thanksgiving, I had dinner at one of the hippest new restaurants in Los Angeles (don’t ask for the name) and we ordered brussels sprouts to accompany our shared ribeye steak. They arrived sauteed with truffle oil with […]

My menu doesn’t include any lime jello but I do use mom’s recipe for Stuffing and Candied Yams.

January 14, 2016
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Minerva’s Candied Yams

My mom only made these once a year at Thanksgiving. We had baked Russet potatoes and other potatoes throughout the year, but these were strictly for Thanksgiving. As much as I love these and could eat them all year, it’s nice to have something you only make once a year for a special holiday. They […]

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December 17, 2015
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Dried Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

No matter how lavish and enticing my desserts are, I find there is always room for a cookie. I think cookies remind us of our childhood: Cookies and milk, the cookies that were tucked into our lunch box, the cookies made by the school cafeteria, the smell of homemade cookies baking in the kitchen. So, […]

For my guests with gluten intolerance, I've made these Parmesan Crackers. (See recipe on my blog.)

November 12, 2015
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Parmesan Crackers

I am always on the lookout for great tasting gluten free crackers. I’ve made Parmesan crisps by spreading mounds of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on paper-lined baking sheets. This resulted in delicate thin Parmesan crisps but required careful handling and attention to detail. I had a cup of leftover grated Parmesan cheese and decided to […]

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September 24, 2015
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Rocky Road Toffee

You need to stop whatever you’re doing and make this recipe immediately! I know it freezes well because the first time I made it (as a test), it was so good, I had to tightly wrap it, seal it up and put in my garage freezer to stop from eating it all. And as good […]

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August 27, 2015
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Crostini with Brie & Strawberries

Crostini are a fantastic last minute appetizer. The combination of flavors is limited only by your imagination. For these, I used really ripe runny brie cheese and the sweetest strawberries I could find. Here’s a secret: Sometimes the smallest strawberries pack the most flavor. CROSTINI WITH BRIE & STRAWBERRIES EVENT: Last Minute Company Dinner YIELD: […]

The Crostini with Gorgonzola and Figs were a last minute addition to the menu and came together in 5 minutes.

June 15, 2015
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Crostini with Gorgonzola & Figs

This is my friend Brent’s favorite appetizer. It is one of those super simple recipes that is easily scaled up or down, depending on the number of guests. I’ve made it for huge parties and intimate dinners for two. Every time I served it, there wasn’t a piece left. The nice thing about this recipe […]

Roasted Cauliflower.

June 12, 2015
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Roasted Cauliflower

If you’ve been following my blog, you already know that I serve a lot of vegetables. I never get tired of cauliflower and prepare it many different ways. I’ve been known to serve it Indian style, with potatoes and mustard seeds, which is spicy and delectable. But for this menu I wanted something simple. The […]