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Spicy Nuts

November 20th, 2014

SpicyNuts 1_2

There’s lots of good news about these spicy nuts: 1. You can bring them to a party as a hostess gift and they will love them and not really compute how little effort went into making them. 2. You can make them way in advance, as much as two weeks. Just don’t do what I have been known to do and forget that you made them two weeks ago and go tearing around on the day of the party making them all over again. Read More

 

Kabocha

November 16th, 2014

KabochaCooked_3Kabocha squashI am all about kabocha squash.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I do have other obsessions, but today it’s squash. Read More

 

Flourless, Dairy-free and Delicious Pumpkin Cake

November 11th, 2014

pumpkinCake_2So it’s Thanksgiving and you’re already irritable just thinking about the cooking tasks that lie ahead of you. You wish that it was  your sister-in-law who was the one cooking, as usual,  but she is bailing this year and going to Paris (where they have lousy pumpkin pie, by the way). So there you are with the piles of sweet potatoes and cranberries, getting crabbier by the minute. Read More

 

Jessica And The Chocolate Factory

October 26th, 2014

ChocolateOreos_2662I went into Edelweiss Chocolates in Beverly Hills, not to buy chocolates but to buy their white Jordan almonds which I always keep handy in a silver sugar bowl.

“That’s it?” the lady behind the cash register said, casting her eyes in the direction of the case full of beautiful chocolate confections.

“Yeah, that’s it,” I said. Read More

 

Football Lover’s Bean Dip

October 21st, 2014

BeanDipphotoIt’s time to celebrate the football season!

Well, actually, if you are like me, you pretend to celebrate the football season, when what really drives your excitement is the excuse to eat the food associated with the sport. (Think bean dip.) Read More

 

Girlfriend’s Plum Cake

August 26th, 2014

PlumCake 1I love this cake. I think of it as a dessert for a minor event, like when a couple of girlfriends come over for dinner or I’m celebrating an insignificant birthday, say, turning forty-three. (Okay, fine, so that happened a while ago.) Read More

 

Tuesday Pasta

July 26th, 2014

 

TuesdayPasta 2This is the sort of recipe that you come up with when you are too lazy to go to the market to buy real ingredients but you have to eat so you make something up based on the limp contents of your fridge. Read More

 

Sassy Sliders

July 20th, 2014

SLIDERS1A couple years back i reported to you on a prize-winning, record-setting burger that weighed in at over 210 pounds. Well, apparently that record has been obliterated, shattered, knuckle-dropped, air-popped, heel-stomped and other synonyms for royally busted. Read More

 

Summer Quenchers: The Lemonade Variations

July 4th, 2014

Lemonade22240I’ve got this Meyer lemon tree in my yard that is dripping with fruit. With a sudden burst of culinary energy (for some reason I’m channeling Rachael Ray) I am doing a lemon project this week, finally committed to using my harvest for something other than dog toys. Read More

 

How to Throw A Party That Lasts For Eight Hours

June 23rd, 2014

LynnBarMy friend Lynn is a party animal. By this I mean she does a bash like nobody else I know. Case in point: her daughter suggested having a pajama party for her 26th birthday last week and here’s what happened. Read More

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