Recipes

Adventures in Eating: Leslie’s Roast Chicken

Louis L’Amour, the late writer of westerns, was a family friend. He had a library of books that would knock your socks off. One day as I was admiring his enor­mous “room of books”, he pointed to a section of about 20 paperbacks and said, “If you read every one of those books, you would… read more »

Adventures in Eating: BBQ Leg-of-Lamb, Bone-Herb Stock, Wine-Herb Sauce

Here’s a recipe that is a perfect mate to this month’s red wine se­lection: grilled leg-of-lamb served with a robust, though not piquant, sauce. But please read it all, before starting. Prepare the sauce ahead, reheating before serving. Allow 4 hours for preparation. The sauce is adapted for lamb using leftover bones and a technique… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Pizza with Sausage & Peppers

On my last trip to Williams Sonoma (I needed a few new wooden spoons… so I told my husband), I bought a pizza stone. It’s a large round slab of magical ceramic. When I asked my hus­band to carry the bag for me, he slyly commented, “I never knew wooden spoons could be so heavy!”… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Leslie’s Cookies ala Hershey

Memories of childhood are al­ways the grandest. Children look at life so differently than adults. Everything is new, fresh and excit­ing. One of my grandest memo­ries as a child was visiting Her­shey, Pennsylvania, home of the all-american Hershey bar. The mo­ment I entered this town I knew I had never been and would never again… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Penne Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms

When I was a little girl, “pasta” meant spaghetti doused with taste­less bright red tomato sauce and sprinkled with some-kind-of-awful, artificial-tasting parmesan cheese. “Pasta” really wasn’t high on my list of childhood favorites. Years later, friends would rave about this fusilli or that pené, and I would simply tune them out. When I finally came… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Lover’s Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I am such a sucker for holidays, particularly Valentine’s Day. Val­entine’s Day is the perfect opportu­nity to tell the people who mean the most to you that you love them. Even the most unsentimental will fall prey to this day of love. Singer James Taylor says, “Show­er the people you love with love. Show them… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Split Pea with Ham or Turkey

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, visions of plush arm­chairs, crackling fires and steam­ing bowls of homemade soup keep “dancing in my head”. Every year, just before the holiday season be­gins, I make a silent vow: I will not become a stressed-out maniac. I will not demand perfection when baking. I will not… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Gini Roberts Sugar Cookies

As much as I look forward to the holidays, my stomach tightens and my head swirls as I think of all the social engagements, gift buy­ing, traffic, crowds and commer­cialism the holiday season entails. A few ago my mother approached me with an exciting idea. Christ­mas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A Wyoming real estate agent… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Veal Chops with Garlic Thyme Sauce

I am what you would call a “foodie”. Don’t bother looking it up in Webster’s, because it won’t be there. I can give you a brief def­inition of this word coined by food critics, writers, photographers and chefs: “A foodie is a person who considers food not only vital to his body, but to his… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Chinese Chicken Salad

Living in Los Angeles, or any other big city for that matter, means dealing with the “trends”. There are trendy clothes, restau­rants, perfumes, television shows, toys, even shampoo is trendy! Even though you may not be the trendy type, certain things eventu­ally go “out of style”, and at one point or another, you will be… read more »

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