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Super Bowl Bean Dip

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Although I spend almost no time watching sports on television, I’m always gung ho for the Super Bowl.

I’m probably the most irritating person at a Super Bowl gathering; I merrily show up and ask,”Okay, so who’s playing?” I am completely clueless. As I’m writing this, I, a Chicago native, can’t even remember the name of my birth city’s football team. (Are they the Chargers? The Jazz? The Zebras? It’ll come to me…) I know they used to have a player whose nickname was The Refrigerator, which caught my attention.

But if I’m short on info, I’m long on enthusiasm. I’m even willing to cook for  the Super Bowl, especially if we go to my brother’s house and all I have to make is an appetizer. It gives me an excuse to revisit my recipe for Bean Dip.

Bean Dip is the perfect choice for the occasion. Chips are involved, which are a mainstay of the S.B. cuisine, and the dip is served warm, which works well on a cold February day (which in L.A. means it’s below 70º).

I have sometimes served this on other random occasions, like when I was too lazy to make a real dinner for the kids. I’d give them Bean Dip with a bowl of soup and they were perfectly happy.

Click here for the recipe.



Heirloom Tomato Sauce With Roasted Vegetables

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The trouble with going to the farmers’ market is that everything looks so gorgeous I buy enough to feed everyone in my zip code. Then I go home and realize that I actually have to do something with all this bounty, as in, cook it, at which point I have been known to utter a mild curse. Read More


Football and Brussels Sprouts

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

On football (i.e. TV dinner) nights, my husband is so engrossed in the sport, his hair could be on fire and he would not notice. I take the opportunity to sneak  some foods into the evening menu that he (being the pickiest eater on the planet) would otherwise reject. Read More


Football Bean Dip

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Last weekend, a rare thing happened. I was grateful it was football season. This is because my daughter, who usually reserves most of her weekend time for her boyfriend, Lee, got ditched by the guy in favor of the Ravens or the Packers or whoever it was roughhousing on TV that afternoon. Lee announced his intention to occupy the couch for at least seven hours, which meant that Elizabeth (who tolerates football but only for about fifteen minutes at a time) was free to go shoe shopping with me. Read More


Mama Beans

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011


This is a great make-ahead side dish for grilling season (or any season, for that matter). It’s also good for those nights when you completely forget to buy food for dinner. The clock strikes five and you realize you have no chicken, no beef, no pig products and no interest in going to the market at rush hour, but you do have a few cans in the pantry. Read More


How To Make Butter

Friday, May 20th, 2011

“Got butter? No? If you have a jar and some cream, you can make it…”
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Rutabagas (aka Swedes)

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Rutabagas are sometimes called “Swedes” because they are the Swedish cousins of turnips. This fact has always sparked my interest because I, too, have a Swedish cousin, although her name is Sarah, not Rutabaga. I think of her every time I eat one of these friendly root vegetables, which, in my opinion, are much better tasting than their paler cousins. Read More


The Squash Diaries 2: Butternut

Monday, November 29th, 2010

What you see here is a picture of a butternut squash I made the mistake of trying to peel.
Well, I don’t care what Ina G. says. Don’t attempt to peel a butternut squash before it’s cooked. As a friend of mine said, it’s like wrestling with a rock. The upper body exercise is such that you will require physical therapy afterwards. Just cut the damn thing into chunks and roast ‘em, THEN peel ‘em and proceed with your recipe.
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010

For my Thanksgiving video, I was hoping to upgrade it a little, make it more like a Food Network thing, add a little polish…
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The Squash Diaries: Pumpkin

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Do you think that, if he gets enough criticism for it, John Boehner will rethink his skin color? Will he finally buckle under the ridicule and forgo the tanning booth or the Oscar spray or whatever method he uses to achieve that goofy tan? This burning question came to mind last week when I noticed a jack-o-lantern on my block that looked way too much like the future Speaker of the House. Read More

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