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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. […]

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the extension of Germany’s biggest selling spice company, Just Spices, (www.justspices.com) here in the US. They specialize in blends-really original blends to make your life easier. They had a bunch of sample foods there and I fell in love with their Pancake Blend. (I had […]

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 […]

A Handy How-To Guide Summer means grilling and grilling connotes succulent meats and fish marinated in anything from soy sauce to red wine. But what about your vegetables? It’s easy to include them in your back yard BBQ-and with these tips on flavoring and cooking, they’ll be a welcome addition to your table, even for […]

As many of you know, I don’t do a lot of sugar. But sometimes, after dinner, a like a little something sweet with my tea. I found the original recipe on the Daily Meal last year, but it had a lot more sugar and frosting stuff on it. I was getting a sugar high just […]

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 […]

I’ve really been getting into vegetarian dishes lately. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my proteins. But because there are SO many different vegetables and fruits out there-so many more than types of animal protein-the creative possibilities are endless. I’ve eaten this combination before, but when I made it this time, I added 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 […]

As I sit here watching the Giant/San Francisco game munching on my homemade football snacks, I’m so happy I had time to try the sauce recipe that goes with my turkey meatballs. Between clients and chef school homework, it’s been hard for me to invent or rework any other recipes. I’ve had a version of […]

Chef Class Week 7 By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Last week we worked with mostly raw ingredients in the fruits and vegetable category. This week, we took those ingredients a step further. Like tasting the same brand of wine from different years, the same vegetable can have a very different taste depending on […]

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the same recipes over and over again. With the July 4th festivities this past weekend, I was overcome with barbeque sauce, grilled…well….EVERYTHING and enough bean and tomato salads to last until November. I was ready for something different. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE grilled […]

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 get food and wine emails up the wazoo every single day.  I love reading them and figuring how to re-engineer them.  this one stuck out and I saved it.  I think I got the original from Snooth, but don’t quote me on that.  Wait.  I just quoted myself.  Never mind… 🙂 The original calls […]

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.  […]

I’m just about finished with my second cookbook…writing it, that is.  Actually, MY part is done.  I”m waiting for my friend, Barry Wilner, who’s been kind enough to do my wine pairings for the main courses.  After that, it goes to Spencer Christian, former Good Morning America weatherman and current host of View From The […]

Try saying THAT 5 times fast!  This is a dish that my friend, Jeff, made for our First Saturday dinner last month.  It’s an incredibly rich concoction akin to Moussaka and Spanikopita (but with meat).  It was delicious.  Jeff warned me beforehand, “Uhh, it’s a little rich.”  Gee, Jeff…ya THINK?! He dared me to re-engineer […]