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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Glaze

May is one of my favorite months. My wedding anniversary is in May, my daughter’s birthday and Mother’s Day (a new favorite holiday of mine). For many years Mother’s Day meant flowers picked from the next door neighbor’s garden, tied together with a battered hair ribbon and tenderly given to my very ap­preciative mother. As… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Pecan Coffee Cake

Spring is here! I love this time of year so much. Everything seems so fresh and alive. The gar­den is full of tulips and daffodils, summer is just around the corner, and “love” is in the air! With Eas­ter and Passover just around the corner, too, cooks are busy plan­ning their holiday menus. Brunch seems… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

As summer closes and fall be­gins, the cooks of the southland welcome the new season with open arms. Harvest season is upon us and it beckons us back to our kitchens, tempting us with thoughts of pumpkin pies and suc­culent stuffed turkeys. Fall marks the beginning of the holidays. It is a time for families… read more »

Adventures in Eating: The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Where has summer gone? Be­ing a busy mom of two means no time off. My days were full of swimming lessons and lemonade stands; summer school and pool parties; beach trips and barbeques. Not to mention a week long trip to Lake Arrowhead squeezed in. My son and daughters summer social calendar kept me very… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Fresh Raspberry Pie

When people think of summer, they dream of long days at the beach, evening barbeques, chil­dren catching fireflies and the fourth of July fireworks. It’s a special time to relax and enjoy life to its fullest with family and friends. For a cook, summer conjures up some images most people might not think about: Red… read more »