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  • Recipe for Disaster

    What goes into a recipe for disaster? Here’s my surefire recipe served up one cold winter evening many moons ago: Ingredients 1 young man with very little cooking experience 1 very hectic daily schedule 1 16-ounce bag of dried green split peas 4 cups water...
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  • Fresh summer salad

    Mozzarella cheese became widespread throughout Italy in the eighteenth century, before which it had only been produced in small quantities. I’m glad it is available worldwide and especially where I live on California’s central coast. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato-based salad with fresh...
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  • Remembering Mom

    I learned to cook early in life as a latch key kid in the 1960s. My parents both worked long hours: my dad in a parts department in San Francisco, Mom as a dental assistant in Hayward. This was before after-school childcare programs. In elementary...
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  • Cooking for vegetarians can be challenging

      Vegetarian fare can be confusing to the non-vegetarian cook. Here are a few things to consider when planning meals for your vegetarian friends and family. Ask your vegetarian how strict they are when considering meat and fish in their diet. It is possible that...
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  • Killer Panini Sandwiches

    Ah… Panini sandwiches. Remember the Panini sandwich craze of the 90s? Millions of people bought electric Panini grills as either gifts or for themselves. I did both. Now that Robin and I have downsized, and do not have as much counter space as in the...
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  • Sneaking into Academy Awards rehearsals with Sammy

    Did I ever tell you about the time I snuck into a rehearsal for the Academy Awards? It was a warm, humid Sunday evening in downtown Los Angeles. The rehearsals were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in preparation for the live broadcast of the...
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  • Book signings planned this week

      If you are in or close to the Ojai Valley (California) . . . come by and say hi! Wed May 1st – Ojai Coffee Roasting Co. (7AM – 9:30AM) Thu May 2nd – Bohemia Coffee House (12Noon – 3PM) Fri May 3rd –...
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  • Caprese Salad

    Our garden is starting to produce a variety of tomatoes. Here is one of our favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes fresh from the garden. This traditional Italian salad is easy to prepare, a true flavor-flash on the palate, and very pretty when plated. Ingredients: ½...
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  • Grilled Avocados

    Here’s a summer appetizer that our son, Robert, shared with us. It is sort of a Caprese Salad folded into a grilled avocado. Who’d a thunk it! Easy to prepare, it is full of nutrition, and it doesn’t hurt that it looks and tastes fantastic....
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