How to Paint a Permanent Outdoor Rug for Under $150 ~ On Concrete or Rooftop or Deck or Patio or Wherever


We have a rooftop patio, awesome for watching the sun set, seeing planes take off from LAX over that hill in the distance, snooping on goings-on (a few years back, Modern Family filmed an episode directly below, FUN watching). Unfortunately, the sun up there is brutal. In a single year, our outdoor rug disintegrated. Lightbulb […]

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Ridiculously Easy, Best Quiche Recipe Ever


Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Meatless. Meat-lover. Drop-in guests. Comfort food. Picnic fare. Potluck. It is ridiculously easy to make quiche (and cheap!) When you serve it, people say, “I love quiche!  Why don’t I make it more often?”  Just happened to me yesterday, fed two friends lunch, and they literally did not stop raving. This […]

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Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

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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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Chicken Mushroom Soup & How to Be Sexy


Where’s the “sexy” part??? It’s coming… My recipe writing has gotten boring. “Oh, the weather outside is frightful” kind of stuff. My travel posts, however, are awesome. But you come here for recipes {the blog name Worth The Whisk and all}, and I post tasty, useful, good ones. This is Chicken Mushroom Soup. In July. […]

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Petite Rustic Apple Galette


Rustic is a great word. In “Patti Land,” it means, “lower your expectations and you’ll get a lovely outcome.” Rustic Apple Galette — it’s PIE, but rough around the edges, hand crafted, simple ingredients. Yummy yet unassuming, it can possibly result in the guy proposing marriage. This, or a perfectly roasted chicken. Hell… make the chicken, […]

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Small Batch Ginger Cookies


This recipe for Ginger Cookies suits me – the ingredients are already here in the house. The batter is quick. And it produces a SMALL batch – just 2 dozen. Our two-adult household doesn’t need more. Larry thinks I’m nuts on this subject, but Christmas Cookie Exchanges kind of freak me out; too many cookies.

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Mini Glazed Lemon Corncakes


Holy Moly, these Mini Glazed Lemon Corncakes are fab!! {TWO exclamation points.} Dense, moist, lemony, sweet. Here’s the brainstorm… first, a too-large bag of cornbread mix in the pantry, left over from Easter. Next, lemon tree, loaded with fruit. I was on my 3-mile Sunday walk (good girl), pondering cooking (natch). There HAD to be […]

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Sweet Easter Memories and THE BEST Ham Recipe


Easter is AWESOME when you’re little; it was for me. And I like to think that I contributed to at least one sweet Easter memory for all the little kids in our family. I see this photo on my vanity almost every day.

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons


It was a dark and stormy night. Well, truth is, it was a sloppy wet January Monday afternoon; we aren’t used to rain here so we make a big thing out of it in LA. And rain makes me want to cook. Chicken with Olives and Lemons was my plan, using edibles from the yard. […]

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Sweet Potato, Chili and Lime Soup


This Sweet Potato, Chili and Lime Soup is so chock-full of the good stuff, it literally burned up the immersion blender. No matter, squishing harder thru the sieve produced the chili-good results.

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Light Molasses Cookies


Larry is a crisp connoisseur. He likes cookies with crunch. He also loves when they have a spicy wallop. I prefer “al dente,” slightly soft. These Light Molasses Cookies ROCK for both of us – crisp crunchy edges, flavor that’s fairly intense. Then… right in the middle, awwww… a tender softness.

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Big Green Salad Moroccan-Inspired, Sort Of


I’m not claiming this to be a “Moroccan Salad.” It is a good example of how to contribute to a dinner party. Friends Chris and Patricia (she’s the chef blogger at Fresh Food in a Flash – and photographer that night) hosted. Patricia was marinating meat in “Moroccan seasonings,” so I said we’d bring salad. […]

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Comfort Food ~ Chile Cheese Pie


Today, I could write flowery “there’s a touch of autumn in the air” prose.  Noooo, this is about cheese. And sour cream. Things suited to be baked up with rice, chilies and hot sauce for a Chile Cheese Pie. 

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