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A few weeks ago, my friend Donna and I were planning a small get together to watch some movies. There were going to be 5 of us. Donna is also a fantastic cook (She’s Italian-it’s in the genes), but we wanted to do something healthy. The Today Show happened to be on and they showed […]

This past Sunday, the Food Bloggers of Los Angeles, where I’m a proud new member, had their first meeting of 2017. Held at the lovely home of Judy Lyness, we were thrilled to learn how to cook some typical Burmese dishes, taught by Soe Thein, author and cook at www.cilantroandlime.com. He taught us that the […]

Applesauce might not be the fanciest thing to blog about, but I’ve had some really crappy stuff in my life and with the holidays looming, I have to put my two cents in. I grew up on my mom’s homemade stuff. Living on the East Coast, there were a kabillion different varieties of apples to […]

One of the best things about Fall is that it’s PUMPKIN season! I adore pumpkin. Pretty much anything that has pumpkin in it, I’ll try (except if it has licorice or coconut in it). I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that most of the pumpkin products from Trader Joe’s were discontinued after Thanksgiving. […]

Last night was one of my “First Saturday” monthly potluck dinners in Manhattan Beach. It’s hosted by my friends, Diane and Paul Basile. They’re wonderfully generous, holding this fantastic dinner. Paul is the gourmet cook, choosing the main course. We happily suggest side dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts for him to choose for us to […]

I’m known for my good eating habits. (thank you Captain Obvious). But being a foodie and having gone to cooking school, I can’t be good ALL the time! And neither can you!! I found this recipe in a recent Food and Wine magazine that my friend Cathy Arkle gave me. Many of you know her […]

Every so often, I get a wonderful perk from a company that would like me to “test-drive” their products. Last week it was some great chocolate. (I’ll tell you about that in my next post). A while ago, Larry Kandarian from Kandarian Organic Farms sent me a whole big box of his amazing organic ancient […]

What could be better than fresh guacamole for watching sporting events? Or movies? Or catching up on your favorite TV shows? Or putting in an omelet? OK, you get the idea. Recently, Alan, my fabulous boyfriend, showed up with about 30 fresh avocados picked from the trees of his friends. Avocados are a fruit, which […]

When I was in New York a few months ago, I stopped by a wonderful store that sold 3 main things-flavored olive oils, flavored vinegars and salts. There are many different types of salts that are available to buy. Most are, indeed, flavored (or infused) with various spices and herbs or have different minerals in […]

What’s the first thing you think of when you ponder Chinese and Japanese cuisine? RICE! They all go well with rice. This is because all rice comes from the Far East. Its origins are a little murky, though. Some say it originated in Thailand, others say Burma. But it was the Chinese who were the […]

Like so many other foodies who cook, I collect cookbooks to get inspiration from and just find good stuff to make. Recently, I revisited a huge set of cookbooks I have. They’re literally huge, I think they’re about 18″ high and 12″ wide. The books are a series called “The Beautiful Cookbook.” This one is […]

There are two ways I know summer here: There’s more gloomy clouds in LA more than any other time of year and tomatoes start to be seen at the farmer’s markets. Gorgeous, juicy, sweet tomatoes. Granted, we don’t have those mealy hot house tomatoes like they sell in the East Coast supermarkets, but to have […]

Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip Soup It was 80 degrees in Los Angeles for the holidays and New Year’s. Do you know how disconcerting that is for a New Yorker?! So I, of course, had to rebel and make some soup. It IS winter back East, after all. I’ve also been in the middle of […]

By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Who doesn’t love starchy carbs like rice, pasta and grains? My hips and thighs aren’t always so happy with them, but my mouth LOVES them! As a rule, I don’t eat them a lot to keep my weight down, but every so often, a big plate of pasta […]

By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Now this week’s focus was my kind of food! With last week’s arterial clutter finally out of my veins (dairy and eggs), I was really excited for these next two weeks of class time. Fruits, vegetables and herbs! Being a large portion of my daily diet, I was […]

Photos by Cathy Arkle When deciding what to cook for dinner, I’ve never really paid attention to the sauces that go on my food. I usually concentrate on the entire dish. Well, after this week, I learned that a good sauce can transform even basic, grilled chicken into something special. Our teacher, May, taught us […]

I know-you were expecting me to title this No Soup For You, but that would have been too obvious. The fact is, there was SO much soup available at the end of the night, that title would have been a lie! Soup is actually one of my favorite things to eat. It can be rich […]

Week 2 of Professional Chef School Photos by Cathy Arkle For those of you who are too young to remember Harvey Korman in Mel Brook’s movie “History of the World, Part 1,” you need to go rent it. For the rest of you, I’m thrilled we have the same sense of humor. However, this isn’t […]

If there wasn’t a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard here in LA with that name, I would have never known what the heck this is.  Pronounced “Cla-foo-tee,” this is a French dish normally made with a kind of custard and fruit (mostly cherries).  Recently, I’d heard people talking about making this with vegetables, so I thought […]

I don’t know how to cook for small amounts of people.  If it’s just Bobby and I, I have leftovers for 3 more days.   So, for Thanksgiving, there were 8 people to cook for, so I made a 20 lb turkey and a 4 pound brisket.  Needless to say, I have some leftovers. Now, being […]

I looked at the last recipe I posted here, and it contained carbs.  Of course, it was about 3 weeks ago, so that shows you how often I eat them….but at least the Paella recipe was a healthier version-just like this Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe is much healthier than the original, which I found in […]

Guilt comes in many forms, doesn’t it?  Health-wise, you can cheat on your workouts, cheat on your mileage and the biggest one….cheating on your food. (notice I didn’t say “diet?”  I HATE that word!) As an advocate of the lower carb lifestyle, I only have the occasional dinner that includes starchy carbs.  When I don’t […]

I was asked about soy vs almond milk by a dear friend of mine the other day.  (Hey Paola, is it OK if I use your name?)  She asked me which was better to use as a substitute for regular “dairy” milk.   After all, milk from cows has calcium and all that, but it causes […]

I love a good pasta sauce.  Not that I have pasta a lot, but when I DO have it (usually with a whole grain noodle), I want something substantial on it.  Now, this dish has a few variations on it, as it’s a traditional staple in Italy, but most use guanciale (pig cheeks-Oy!) or pancetta.  […]