Holiday

The Original Classic Kahlua Pecan Pie

Heavenly Kahlua Pecan Pie and I go way back. Kahlua was my favorite PR client.  Life Was Sweet. The majority of my Kahlua work was convincing consumers to make something yummy. Our goal was to remind people how MMMMM and OOOOH Kahlua tasted in practically anything – booze, coffee, milk, ice cream, cakes, barbecue sauce, ham […]

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I Cannot Wait For Leftovers ~ My Two Favorite Post-Thanksgiving Recipes

Here you go, I am pulling up my two all-time favorite uses for leftover Thanksgiving turkey – Noodle Bowl for Two and Thai Pasta.  Both have been published here before but I want to make a point of showing them to you again because it’s officially Turkey Season. Both obviously have Asian flavors. And they […]

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Chocolate Dipped Peeps ~ It’s EASTER

I am definitely no food snob, witness this post. Believe it or not, Larry and I saw Chocolate Covered Peeps at a high-end cheese shop on LA‘s 3rd Street. Packaged, and expensive. So, of course, now that I know how to dip and cover things in chocolate, I couldn’t pass up the idea.

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St. Patty’s Recipe Roundup for “Our” Day

On behalf of all Pattis, Patricias, Pattys, Patricks, Pats and Paddys, today is “our” day. Our weather here in Southern California just turned gorgeous, and stores are full of spring flowers (this photo was shot in Chicago – home of some pretty great St. Patty’s Day activities). Larry surprised me yesterday with a beautiful spray […]

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A Valentine’s Meal You Can Do, Sherie

Sherie and I were great pals in high school. She’s since raised three boys into independent grown men. Has been married forever. So I was surprised when she recently told me she “cannot cook.” Or doesn’t cook. Or is afraid to cook, the conversation was spotty since we were with a group of 15 fellow RHHS gal pals. But I didn’t forget it.

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Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

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The “boy” in the pix with me (very top left of this scrapbook page) is now an international pilot for a shipping company. He may have met Larry at one of our Rolling Hills High School reunions, but now with the internet and Facebook, all these old contacts are right there again! And he knows […]

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Biscotti. Good dunking cookie, but not so fond of anise flavor. By consulting several basic recipes in my “collection” (read: stuffed binder), I devised a Chocolate Almond Biscotti. No anise, yes almond extract. And a chocolate coating because, uh let’s think here… CHOCOLATE. Larry gave the basic cookie a thumbs-up even before the second baking, […]

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New Year’s Eve Party for People Who Have a Hard Time Staying Awake

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Are you like me? I have a hard time staying up New Year’s Eve. Larry is also a geezer, there I said it. Rarely do we see midnight. Parties? A LOT of hours ‘til the stroke of 12.  But a few years back, we threw a cooking party that our guests still rave was THE […]

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Marcella’s Fudge

This is a big plus to attending Thanksgiving on my side of the family: Marcella’s Fudge may be eaten before dinner. It is right there with the appetizers. Most of us thought Marcella was a relative from the Old Country (Wisconsin). My sister, Janie and I only just asked this year… turns out Marcella was […]

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How to Make Perfect, Best-Ever, Excellent Mashed Potatoes

What you’re looking at are riced russet potatoes (not actually rice). It’s a step before whuupin’ em with butter and milk to make mmmm mashed potatoes. While volunteering this week at Project Angel Food, we prepped 250 lbs. of potatoes for Chef Adrian. Then, they were cooked in a humongous brazier, mashed in a monstrous […]

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Light Pumpkin Custard

Is it really, truly, finally Autumn? Gimme Pumpkin! Here is what’s so great about Light Pumpkin Custard… you can eat piles of it with little concern. The calorie intake is fairly low, your Vitamin A intake is sky high and you are enjoying one of the best holiday flavors ever (which then contributes to one’s […]

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Favorite Ham Story, And The Recipe

This is the best recipe ever to cook the perfect ham for Easter. It was by luck that I stumbled on this compelling story about feeding a sophisticated crowd via a cheap ham, called the “Ham Gambit.”  Most likely, the use of the word CHEAP got my attention because there are few people who are […]

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