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The Big Salad ~ Men Love This

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There was a Seinfeld TV episode where George’s date took credit for bringing a takeout salad to Jerry’s.  She carried it in; George had paid for it. She got the credit. George was confounded. The banter was all about The Big Salad. Not the salad.  The. Big. Salad.  This isn’t that salad, but it’s what […]

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Thelma’s Famous Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Larry’s Little Layer Versions

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Thelma’s Carrot Cake is truly phenomenal. Full fat, full sugar, full egg type of recipe from the 60s. Thelma is Larry’s mom, age 91, loves sweets and is still going strong. This is some miracle carrot cake!  It’s Larry’s fav but, sadly for him, a healthy diet means he doesn’t get it often. Uh, did […]

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Host a Block Party and Reap Warm Fuzzies

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First question you’re asking: “Why would I want to host a block party?”  Easy: to meet your neighbors. Longer answer: so neighbors meet each other, start sharing ideas, compare safety info, exchange resources like babysitters and handymen, indulge in a little kvetching (405 Fwy. widening project a hot topic here) and my favorite bennie, see […]

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Count The Silver ~ A Post-Party Tip

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When I was a bride and hosted my first extended family party, my mother-in-law offered to help clean up – did I want her to “count the silver?” Shocked, annoyed, what an insult!  Did she REALLY think a family member would pocket a spoon?  (If you’re “in the know,” you see where this is going…)

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Zucchini Cheese Tart

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What an appetizer! More like an appetite-spoiler… at THIS party (Gourmet Club), the plan is to cook and eat for HOURS. How would that be possible if we started off with this flaky, cheesy, mustardy, bubbly hot Zucchini Cheese Tart? 

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Big Green Salad Moroccan-Inspired, Sort Of

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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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Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake and Dinner Parties vs. Restaurants

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This Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake was our contribution to the party. Dinner parties, in my opinion, are so much better than restaurants. Cost, sure. But parking, pressure to eat and turn the table, not being able to talk with the whole group, the din of music and room noise. And I know how restaurants cook my […]

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Jalapeno Lime Coleslaw for a Crowd

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OOPS, forgot to take a “hero shot” photo of my Jalapeno Lime Coleslaw before we dug in at Laura and Jeff’s July 4th gig. No worries, it looks like any other coleslaw, but but but…  has a tang and a punch, really worth checking out yourself.

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Grilled Mushroom and Ham Crostini

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If I may give some life advice… whenever you find yourself in need of a mood lift, throw a potluck dinner party. People like to contribute, they really do. Invite an interesting mix of friends, hand out food assignments (appetizer, side dish, salad, vegetable, dessert) – the host does the entrée. Wine tends to arrive […]

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Chocolate Dipped Peeps ~ It’s EASTER

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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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Darn Good Guacamole

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The Perfect Guacamole recipe title prompted me to quietly tear it from the dentist office magazine. Yes, I do that sometimes, but only an emergency like this one.

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

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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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Big Bucket o’ Lemonade

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Once a week, I volunteer at Project Angel Food as a kitchen helper.  Very rewarding, good fun, and an important community service, the organization cooks, packs and delivers meals every day to homebound, terminally ill clients.  Sometimes as many as 1700 of them, at no cost to the client.  That, alone, is pretty heartwarming. As […]

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