Appetizer

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 »

Adventures in Eating: Mrs. Kellog’s Cereal Pie Crust

How does anything begin? Our lives roll along, and we partake of our environment, and every now and then ask ourselvest his question: Who started or created what I am eating? Time and again, I find religion has been a factor in this development. As we become more familiar with the shrinking world around, food history… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Uncrabby Crab Sandwich

To try and simplify one’s life today takes effort, concentration, careful evaluation, and a diagnosis of one’s status. I don’t mean to get too serious, but as one friend stated it, “Living is hard work!” Perhaps a good New Year’s resolution would be to cut through the layers of dai­ly life, and selectively give simplifying… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Chorba

“Chorba” is a word reminiscent of my childhood and a strong reminder of my Armenian roots. Mother often related sto­ries of her mother making a cauldron of “chorba” to feed the family of seven with a nu­tritious and economical meal. Soup is the closest translation I can give “chorba”. Yet it also connotes “hear­ty, satisfying,… read more »