Appetizer

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 »

Adventures in Eating: Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole

I love throwing parties, and the bigger, the better. I always start with a theme of some kind, and then go from there. With summer here, I’ll be entertaining a lot, and more important than anything, I need to be organized. I am a list-maker. The first thing I do when I decide to host… 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: Bannock Bread

Back to Basics: Dutch Oven Cooking Here we are, with a grand built-in Thermador oven that bakes, broils, micro-waves and has convection power. There is one problem, though, when I am baking a cake, pie, etc., and need the microwave, you just wait. Such inconvenience! You are also able to bake food with the con­vection… read more »

Adventures in Eating – Honey and Nut Glazed Brie

“Madam,” the ancient proverb says… “That one rich drop of honey sweet, As an alluring luscious treat, Is known to tempt more flies by far, Than a whole tun of vinegar.” St. Francis de Sales 1821 You guessed right. Honey is our subject this month. The quote was a favorite of King Henry IV, and… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Judith’s Cheese Sticks

Having been raised in Los Angeles, go­ing to Pasadena was always a “trip”. I nev­er realized that Pasadena was a part of the San Gabriel Mission in the San Gabriel Valley established by the Spanish priests in 1771. In 1873, the land was purchased by the California Colony of Indiana. This or­ganization was headed by… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Eye-Opener Corn Bread

“You’re a million miles from nowhere, when you’re one little mile from home.  It’s the song of mothers’ tears, that keeps ringing in your ears. You just leave the gates of Heaven, when you leave mothers’ arms to roam.  You’re a million miles from nowhere, when you’re one little mile from home.” This is a… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Main Course Vegetable

A hundred years ago, the French gas­tronomer Brillat-Savarin wrote exten­sively on the experience of tasting . “It is no easy matter to determine the precise nature of the organ of taste. It is more complicated than would appear at first sight. Clearly, the tongue plays a large part in the mechanism of degustation; for, endowed… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Brie En Croute

It is a little unsettling to write this column for the holidays, as I must think ahead when I know I am not emotionally ready for the holidays. That always begins after Thanksgiving. My benchmark is Halloween, when I begin thinking of Thanksgiving. The way merchandising is going these days, I fear Halloween will soon… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Georgian Beet Appetizer

This is P.K., Sr. writing this month. I just pulled rank on Rosemarie and asked her for the recipe portion of this column, requesting that I do the pream­ble. The reason: She is a creative food wiz­ard, and her wizardry deserves this ac­colade. For my birthday, she decided to treat me, our daughter, and son-in-law, to… read more »

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