Try Making Pie Crust With Butter Instead of Shortening

Pie Shell Made From Butter

Have you ever made an all-butter pie shell?  In my teens, I was enamored with making pies.  My dad was quite skinny, an easy target for my efforts.   Since you couldn’t buy pre-made pie shells in the store back then, the first part of making a pie was obviously making the crust.  Without a food […]

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Anybody Can Install This Kitchen Utensil Rod

Easy utensil rack

Does your kitchen lack storage space for utensils?  Look at them closely — most can be hung.  Get ready for a nifty and impossibly easy craft — install a Kitchen Utensil Rod.  I made this with a spring-loaded curtain rod and some common “S” hooks.  That’s it, baby.

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Cooking Light? Try THEIR Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking Light Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cooking Light Magazine — my fav. I tend to tear my issue apart more than any other periodical to try recipes.  Then guess what, they published a gigantic (500 page) book of their recipes, The New Way to Cook Light – Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook.  That is a mouthful.  So […]

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Fabuleux Gift – Anne Willan’s Memoir, One Souffle at a Time AND Her Recipe for Chocolate Pear Tart

Pear Tart

Who doesn’t crave a show-stopping dessert, let alone a delicious read?  There are stories to delight and plenty more recipes where this came from in Anne Willan’s memoir, One Souffle at a Time, A Memoir of Food and France.  If you have a food lover on your Christmas shopping list, THIS is the gift!  To […]

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Charred Bone Marrow ~ Angels Sang When I Tasted It

Bone marrow ode

Maybe you won’t find this enlightening, as you have eaten bone marrow.  Larry and I watched a TV episode of Anthony Bordain wallowing in the consumption of a roasted bone marrow dish and we both went, ???   But now, I’ve been there myself.  Charred bone marrow appetizer.  It is, as I came to experience, […]

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Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

collage christmas gifts

Need an idea?  Cheap?  Do it yourself?  A little pricey but nice?   Blogger Dorothy’s recent post on Shockingly Delicious reminded me to post MINE.  I really DID have a gift ideas post in the works.  Where’s my list, where’s my list?  FOUND IT — under a pile of recipe pages torn from magazines.  Here you […]

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Pumpkin Blueberry Trifle for Thanksgiving ~ True Blue Treat

Cathy and Blueberry Trifle

The world is shrinking. How to know? Here in California, I can buy fresh blueberries at Thanksgiving. They’re grown in Chile, the upside down seasons to ours. You can also buy frozen blueberries any old time. They work beautifully in recipes like this heavenly Pumpkin Blueberry Trifle.  Hardest part?  Wrangling a serving bowl big enough to […]

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Dining Changes Afoot at La Jolla’s Special Place ~ La Valencia Hotel

Dorothy and the Filet Mignon

I’m really mad at Chef Daniel Barron. He runs the kitchens at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California. I’m mad because he won’t share.

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La Valencia Hotel: Beds, Baths and Way Beyond Awesome

La Valencia Hotel Two Nights Girlfriend Getaway

This Girlfriend Getaway road trip was southbound from our Westside digs to the tony San Diego enclave of La Jolla. In a nutshell, these mini-vacations are three “women of a certain age,” hell bent on a little “me time” away from family, with an extra dose of GIRLY. Destination: the breathtaking La Valencia Hotel.

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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – Do’s and Don’ts

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

It’s the world’s largest gathering of hot air balloons, and you literally stand amongst them all in a field, blowing up, flying into the sky (as well as ride ‘em) day after day after day.  The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, October.

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Breaking Bad Tour – An Albuquerque Phenom

Breaking Bad Tour The Candy Lady

Larry followed the TV show Breaking Bad from start to finish.  I gave up after season 3.  It creeped me out.  But now, having taken the Breaking Bad Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’ll get through the last two seasons on DVD with a lot more interest.  Hey, I’ve seen the CAR WASH now!!  The […]

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Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

California girl here. Born and bred. Yet, of all the magazines out there, I seem to relate most to Southern Living.  The home decor. The gardens. And, often (but not always) the recipes. Southern Living recipes are crazy rich, crazy fattening but crazy delicious.  Like their Caramel Apple Blondie Pie from the September 2013 issue.

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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. As In, Aaaaaah

lavender collage ojai valley inn and spa

Faithful readers of this blog might be gobsmacked to learn of our stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  I am renowned for frugality. And this is a 5- star destination with a decidedly pricey reputation. How our four-day visit came about was kismet; it allowed me the chance to tell YOU, dear readers, […]

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