April 2013

Strawberry Lemon Shortcake

April 29, 2013
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The lamb ribs were marinating in a glass bowl when we walked into the kitchen and warmth radiated from both the convection oven and the woman standing behind the kitchen island. Suzanne, the cook, immediately started apologizing for the mess in the kitchen, while her husband Ray began serving up afternoon cocktails to everyone who […]

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Photo Essay: Watts Towers, L.A. California

April 25, 2013
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It’s not necessarily in the best part of Los Angeles, but the Watts Towers are a man-made wonder to behold. Built by Sabato “Simon” Rodia, over the course of 33 years, the site towers over the neighborhood, with 17 interconnecting structures with the tallests reaching nearly 100 feet. Rodia, an Italian immigrant that came to […]

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Pregnancy Cookies (otherwise known as Super Manly Spring Training Cookies)

April 22, 2013
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“I’ve decided to call these Super Manly Spring Training Cookies, because when I called them Pregnancy Cookies, Scott wouldn’t eat them” said my currently pregnant friend Rita. She had stumbled upon a recipe for “pregnancy cookies” while searching for something else and decided to make them for a Spring-themed potluck with her husband Damon’s cousins. Scott, […]

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Photo Essay: OstrichLand in Solvang California

April 18, 2013
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Driving down E. Highway 246, on my way to Solvang, CA, I casually glanced over to my right, my mind drifting and thinking of the aebleskivers that I will soon be enjoying, when I noticed large oddly shaped animals roaming the landscape. They looked almost like ostriches but I dismissed the idea that large flightless […]

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Hummus, Gay Carrots and the Best Speech of the Night

April 15, 2013
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As I was led back to the VIP green room, behind the imposing black curtains that kept the riff raff out, the first person I saw immediately made eye contact with me. He glanced down to my hands, which tightly clutched the gold gilded black folder that housed my award certificate, smiled gently and nodded […]

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Photo Essay: Chef Daniel Boulud at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 11, 2013
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The gleaming mirror angled at 45˚ to the audience reflected the array of ingredients on the counter as the knife quickly chopped red pepper and leafy greens while the gorgeous Red Snapper fish laid out glistening on the platter. Large projection screens on both sides of the stage showed details of what was happening to […]

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Passion Fruit, Green Tea & White Chocolate Marble Cookies and Pebble Beach Food and Wine’s Omakase Lunch by Morimoto and Yamaguchi

April 8, 2013
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“Well the secret to getting me to eat things I don’t normally want to eat… well it’s not G-rated.” said my lunch companion, as he grinned mischievously. Then he laughed loudly and shook his head while his girlfriend giggled. I was lunching with three complete strangers and we were having a grand old time at […]

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Photo Essay: Kubrick at LACMA, Los Angeles CA

April 4, 2013
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No one really makes art films nowadays that are commercially successful. At least not like Stanley Kubrick did. It seems the films released today by the major studio houses are either designated extreme blockbusters or tend toward the smaller independent. But Kubrick seems to achieve the fine balance of creating singular works of art that […]

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Blood Orange & Coconut Velvet Cake with Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting and DIY Desserts at 18 Reasons

April 1, 2013
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“Who made this cake, the one with the coconut?” asked someone at the 18 Reasons DIY desserts event that I was hosting a few weeks ago. I fessed up that it was mine and she gushed that the flavors were fabulous. I had based it on my favorite Red Velvet Cake recipe, but instead of […]

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