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The Lime Pie That Saved Us

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Uncategorized By June 10, 2020

Initially, it was the title that grabbed me. “The Lime Pie That Saved Us” Sounds like something I could use right now … This is how Nicole Rucker, founder and owner of Fiona and Rucker’s Pie in Los Angeles explains the name in her cookbook “Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers” (Penguin Random House, $32) “I opened my restaurant Fiona…

Grilled Artichoke Heaven

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 5, 2020

Grilled artichokes are a great dish to serve when warm-weather entertaining. Not only are they scrumptious, most of the preparation can be done in advance. Blanched until tender and then grilled before serving, they seem to be adored by all, especially when served with a tasty dipping sauce. Grilled Artichokes with Dipping SauceYield: about 6 servings4 to 6 artichokes (preferably…

Hugh’s Herby, Peanutty, Noodly Salad

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 1, 2020

“River Cottage Veg” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Ten Speed, $35) is chockablock with irresistible recipes. The author is a British broadcaster, farmer and educator, as well as the recipient of several James Beard Awards for his cookbooks. A campaigner for sustainably produced food, he established the River Cottage farm in Dorset, England in 1998. I often refer to this book when…

Spring Brings Pixie Tangerines – A Salad Star

Uncategorized By March 25, 2020

Grown in California’s Ojai Valley, Pixie tangerines add a delicious vibrant note to mixed green salads. Their sweet flavor profile and just-right amount of juice also make them a perfect out-of-hand snack. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C. But most importantly, they are luscious. They are generally available at Gelson’s, Bristol Farms and Mother’s Markets. FOR THE SALAD:…

From the Pantry: Snack Cannellini Beans with Noisy Crunch

Uncategorized By March 25, 2020

If you have a can of cannellini beans, take a canned-bean culinary adventure with these Crispy-Crunchy Roasted Cannellini Beans. They make a delightfully noisy out-of-hand snack, as well as a scrumptious topper for salads or roasted vegetables. A word of caution. They are addictive. Enjoy within 2 hours for the most crunch. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours their crunch…

CdM’s Mixologist Ravin Buzzell Masters Taste, Aroma, and Glam

Uncategorized By March 11, 2020

Award-winning mixologist Ravin Buzzell unlocks the secrets of smoke and spirits in his unique Old-Fashioned cocktail. Frisky tendrils of cherrywood smoke swirl above the glass. The gray curls hint of rye and cardamom, conjuring up an enticing mystery. He took a cocktail that originated in the 1800’s and improved it, switching it up with components that added palate and visual…

Instant-Pot 101: Chef Deb Schneider Showcases Best Tortilla Soup a la Machine

Uncategorized By January 30, 2020

Deborah Schneider, executive chef at Sol and Solita restaurants that include locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, has written an excellent new book, “The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press, $19.99).  It showcases the vibrant flavors of Mexican food with fresh and authentic recipes for soups, tacos, burritos and tamales, as well as side dishes, salsas and…