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Sitting Down with Martha Stewart

I had a one-on-one interview with Martha before she taught a cooking class at Macy’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza.  People magazine had their fifteen minutes before I had mine. Martha was promoting her newest book,  “Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations” by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $75, hardcover, 432 pages). I started our interview with a question about…

Pie School With OC Fair’s Pie Perfectionist

It was worth a little bad blood. Judging the Retro Baking Contest at the Orange County Fair gave me the luscious task of shoveling down spoonfuls of glorious homemade pies, everything from Peach n’ Berry to Deep Dish Plum, Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pecan to Old- Fashioned Cherry. Who can resist pie? It’s such a happy dessert, innocent and nostalgic. But my…

Pizzeria Mozza, Go There or Copycat at Home

Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Maldon Sea Salt … I could hardly wait. My mid-morning arrival was greeted with the cacophony of cooking. Entering Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach through the rear kitchen door, the preopening clatter of pots and knife-work blended with well-chosen words from busy workers. Freshly ground pork sausage formed an aromatic rope as it erupted…

Bastille Day July 14 – An Excuse to Cook Fresh-French

I  am unapologetic in my love of France. No tattoos adorn my body, but I suspect that a royal-blue fleur de lys insignia is branded on the surface of my heart. My time spent in Paris has fostered treasured memories, and that includes the revelry of Bastille Day celebrations. France celebrates Bastille Day on July 14, a date that marks…

Summer Grillin’ with the Guru – Raichlen’s Latest

Ginger-spiked baby back ribs are served with dipping sauce. When it comes to innovative grilling, my first strategy is check out what Steven Raichlen is working on. His best-selling “Barbecue Bible” cookbook series (4 million copies in print) and PBS TV show series (“The Primal Grill” and “Barbecue University”) have helped people all over the world learn to grill. Last…

Oozy-Goozy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. The Best.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are comfort food that takes me back to lunchtime in my childhood home. Treats that makes me smile. Especially grownup versions such as those created by cheese expert-cookbook author Laura Werlin. Her latest book, “Grilled Cheese, Please!” (Andrews McMeel, $16.99) offers contemporary approaches to the classic bread-and-cheese indulgence. One of my favorites is the sandwich that uses…

Best Easy Dessert Looks Fancy – Blackberry Napoleons

Individual Blackberry Napoleons Crazy about “Desserts 4 Today” by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Taunton Press, $17.95). It’s a treasure trove of flavorful desserts that utilize no more than four ingredients. No prepared mixes are used, just components that are packed with flavor. Lots of fresh fruit, and I like that. I have lazy days. But mostly, I have way-too-busy days. With…

Fork Up Springtime Flavor With Luscious Vegetable Combo

‘Working on recipes for Book #3! ‘Made this spring-esque melange of petite peas, sugar snap peas, Belgian endives and shiitake mushrooms. Absolutely delicious. I fell in love. OK, I used frozen petite baby peas and they were delectable. You can use fresh peas, you who have the time and maybe a backyard garden. But for me the little frozen beauties…