Cookie Love, Gourmet’s Best

Uncategorized By February 10, 2012

Moist, chewy, luscious …. date bars are a little bit of heaven. Really. I know I’m sentimental. The day Condé Nast scrapped Gourmet magazine, I felt like a friend had died. The 68-year-old publication had been a part of my monthly routine for decades. Reading it opened my view of global cuisine, especially in the early years of my career….

Super Bowl Grub: Some Truffle Popcorn, Too

Uncategorized By January 27, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday is a day of indulgence. Food is the focal point for many party-goers, the game only an amusing backdrop. Trough-style is the only way to go. Put it out. Guests scoop or ladle up the goods. Easy peasy. For many, chili has become a traditional Super Bowl entree. Not only is it delectable, it can easily be…

Fig Love, Fresh From Nana’s Tree

Uncategorized By August 9, 2011

It’s a pity not everyone has a grandmother with a fig tree. More folks would be fig fans. One of my earliest food memories is of climbing those lush, low-slung branches and plucking Nana’s teardrop-shaped wonders. I’d zero in on the heavy ones that made the stems droop. The ones that looked like they were about to drop to the…

Cars and noodles, Japanese style

Uncategorized By December 8, 2010

My husband disagreed. I needed a new car and he didn’t like my choice. I’d driven a fancy-schmancy two-seat sports car for 13 years. But with the birth of a grandchild, it was time for something more practical. A car with a back seat, four doors and fuel efficiency. I wanted a Toyota Prius Hybrid. My husband, Phil, hated the…

Chef David Slay – Pan Seared Tri-Tip with Heirloom Tomatoes and Blue Cheese

Uncategorized By August 30, 2010

Some restaurant critics have decreed his restaurant as best in Orange County. But David Slay, chef-managing partner of Park Ave in Stanton, doesn’t let accolades go to his head. He keeps his focus, turning out delectable, thoughtful American cuisine day after day. Many of his dishes showcase produce gathered from his highly productive vegetable gardens, which flourish just steps away…