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Adventures in Eating: Joan’s 1987 Bowl Dinner

It all began in 1919, when a hollow named Daisy Dell was purchased for religious plays. The owners lost faith and Daisy Dell was deeded to Los Angeles in 1924. Daisy Dell was revamped, given a thorough face lift, and a seating capacity of 17,619 people. Starlit concerts were started, and the Holly­wood Bowl emerged…. read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Beef Fiesta Casserole

She was a bit of a tomboy with her dark hair, cut short in a dutch-boy bob, and with a smile and gaze that was bewitching. Slen­der as a young girl, she is now a grand­mother, beautiful, and still slender and be­witching. This is my cousin, Melina. We grew up living next door to each… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Almendrado

Here I am on the 33rd floor, in a suite at the San Moritz Hotel in New York City. Daughter, baby Sammy, and I were treated to this stay by my son-in-law’s grandmother. Our patio overlooks Cen­tral Park. The majestic horses, as their hooves pound the pavement, pulling the hansom cabs, seem to type the… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Eggs Motul

It would not surprise me one bit if you are perched on the edge of your seat awaiting this next episode of Eggs Motul from our bridal luncheon! Next month will be the fi­nal installment of this thrilling cliffhang­er. I expect it will entice you to run to your market to purchase the ingredients to… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Black Bean Purée

There is a distinct advantage in creating a “serialized” food column. Thinking of what to present the next month, is eliminated. Writing it, though, is another matter. A writer was asked if he liked to write, it is said he answered, “Yes, except for the paperwork!” This month, the saga of the bridal luncheon and… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Yucatan Tomato Sauce

The saga of Vikki and Bruce’s wedding continues. Since they are WOM Club members, I could not resist passing on some housekeeping advice to newlyweds taken from the “Buckeye Cookery” (1898). “There is no luck in housekeeping, how­ever it may seem. Even by exact rule, and even with thorough knowledge, eternal vig­ilance is the price… read more »

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Adventures In Eating: Sangria Blanca

At the end of this month’s food col­umn, I have a BIG boo-boo to ex­plain*. But, let’s get on with the more pleasant stuff. A dear friend’s daughter was to be married on Valentine’s Day, and the day before the wedding I co-hosted a bridal luncheon. Actually, the menu was to honor Vikki’s mother, who… read more »

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Yeasty

The smell of yeast in wine. Can be interesting in young wines, when present in minimal amounts. Any domi­nant odor of yeast is a negative and usu­ally a sign of incomplete fermentation. An aged yeasty bouquet is desirable in certain sparkling wines like Champagne. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Woody

Has been used interchangeably with ‘oaky’ where, in moderation, is de­sirable in some wines. Can also imply other non-oak wood qualities derived from defective barrel ageing, and would be considered to be faults in the wine. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Watery

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