Marty’s Spicy Almonds ~ Block Party!


Every early summer for the past nine years, Larry has hosted a neighborhood block party. I say “Larry has,” because two chiefs don’t work so well for this event. He checks a date with a collection of immediate neighbors, who then help with distributing flyers, bringing beverages and ice, tent setup (always a comedy of […]

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Double-Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies from More Magazine


More Magazine is me me me. Besides being written for Women Of A Certain Age, the magazine publishes decent recipes. Such as “Cookies for Grown-ups.” I’m a grown-up and so is Larry. We like grown-up flavors and this particular recipe in the November 2009 More Magazine was definitely US: Double Ginger. AND Chocolate. AND Chunk. […]

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Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce


How making fresh pumpkin puree got me to prepare Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Sauce is like six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. A) Can’t find Libby’s canned pumpkin.  B) Buy fresh pumpkins, roast and puree. C) Cook some sweet things with the puree, burn out, a good supply still in the freezer. D) Decide to […]

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Chile Lime Shrimp

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You can practically smell this through your monitor, can’t you? A recent cooking class, “Date Night In Wine Country” with thirsty, hungry foodies was on a Friday evening. Give us sumpin’ to eat, fast! Chef Diane Brown was prepared, and put classmate Stefanie on the job of whisking up this appetizer. And we all agreed, […]

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Light Tortilla Soup


Larry takes me on some pretty interesting dates, like last week’s Laserium Beatles Show (remember the LA Griffith Observatory?  Now it’s in Hollywood).  As we left the theater, Larry noticed that Beso, Eva Longoria’s uber hip restaurant was across the street, so we stopped in for a wildly expensive glass of wine and some Beautiful […]

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Best Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ever


This post was first published during an LA summer heatwave: Using our oven or stove for any length of time is a mistake because our bedroom is upstairs and we get cranky about rising heat, debating the AC usage, window open, not open, ugh.  The GOOD news is, dinner is Shrimp Cocktail – a giant pile […]

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Green Salsa Chicken

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It is hard to photograph chicken when the meat is falling off the bone. And excessively juicy. And bubbly hot, but it is sooooo easy to eat this good stuff. Two ingredients only – chicken and green salsa. A few months ago, we threw a huge bash for a significant Larry birthday. My goal was […]

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Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Ketchup


Friday afternoons, I volunteer at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center as the Info Desk Lady.  My co-volunteer Marty is the Info Desk Guy.  Between screening visitors and handling queries like where are the bathrooms, the ER, the gift shop, the cafeteria, and “I’m in labor,” Marty and I discuss things.  One afternoon, we discussed […]

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