Recipes

Adventures in Eating: Pecan Coffee Cake

Spring is here! I love this time of year so much. Everything seems so fresh and alive. The gar­den is full of tulips and daffodils, summer is just around the corner, and “love” is in the air! With Eas­ter and Passover just around the corner, too, cooks are busy plan­ning their holiday menus. Brunch seems… read more »

Adventures in Eating: The Best Wontons in the World

Every cook has a specialty; something they can make better than anyone else. My best friend is famous for her scones, my mother for her Caesar Salad dress­ing (which is currently being pack­aged to sell in markets under the name “Louise’s Garden”). Even my husband, who still doesn’t know where the potholders are in the… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Minestrone Soup

Last month my husband and I went out to dinner for his birthday. It was a cold and rainy night, and even after sitting down in the warm and comfortable restaurant, I was freezing. “Are you sure you want to keep your coat on?”, my husband asked. Not only did I want to keep my… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Kung Pao Chicken

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were happy ones, and filled with good wines and food! Last month I had a sit down dinner for 14 people. Usually when I give dinner parties, not only do I spend days preparing the meal, I am lucky if I can get a chance to eat lunch!… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Carolyn Thacker’s Cranberry Relish

Let’s face it. The month of De­cember is certainly a busy one. Even the most organized people find themselves wanting to turn back the clock… just a little, to give them some extra time to “make Christmas cookies, find that special gift or go to the Nutcracker ballet”. We all have lists of things we’d… read more »

Adventures in Eating: The Perfectly Easy Roast Turkey

Let’s face it, every cook has at least a few culinary items they are downright afraid to try to make. I always had a fear of making home­made danish pastry, and rightly so! Never will I forget the disaster of that enterprise. Making danish pastry is a difficult process, a skill that requires a thorough… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

As summer closes and fall be­gins, the cooks of the southland welcome the new season with open arms. Harvest season is upon us and it beckons us back to our kitchens, tempting us with thoughts of pumpkin pies and suc­culent stuffed turkeys. Fall marks the beginning of the holidays. It is a time for families… read more »

Adventures in Eating: The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Where has summer gone? Be­ing a busy mom of two means no time off. My days were full of swimming lessons and lemonade stands; summer school and pool parties; beach trips and barbeques. Not to mention a week long trip to Lake Arrowhead squeezed in. My son and daughters summer social calendar kept me very… read more »

Adventures in Eating: California Caesar Salad

I think I have told you that I am happiest in my kitchen. I am. It is true. But there is something about a hot summer day that seems to sap my energy. I’d rather be any place but the kitchen when the temperature outdoors starts to soar. The thought of turning on my oven… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Fresh Raspberry Pie

When people think of summer, they dream of long days at the beach, evening barbeques, chil­dren catching fireflies and the fourth of July fireworks. It’s a special time to relax and enjoy life to its fullest with family and friends. For a cook, summer conjures up some images most people might not think about: Red… read more »