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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 »

Adventures in Eating: Chocolate Chip Cake with Frosting

As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to eat cake. I found it much more interesting than ice cream, and rightly so! Cake is at the center of almost any important celebration. Birthdays, weddings, showers, anniversaries, and holidays…could you imagine them without cake? Usually cakes are decorated ac­cording to the occasion…. read more »

Adventures in Eating: Country Sausage Patties

The other day, while waiting for a doctors appointment, I flipped through a “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine. Nothing quite piqued my interest and I was just about to trade it in for an entic­ing copy of “People” when I came across an ad for a refrigerator. I became transfixed. It wasn’t the sleek design… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Peanut Butter Pie

The other day my cousin told me about a wonderful dinner she’d had at a friend’s. “It was French Provincial,” she enthusiastically exclaimed. She then ex­citedly went into detail about what was served. “What was the occasion?”, I asked curiously. (It seemed like quite a luxuri­ous and romantic affair.) “Book club,” she simply replied. In… 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 »

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