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Paella

Paella

I recently taught  a private cooking class in someone’s home and they requested this dish. A wonderful one pot meal; paella relies on fresh seafood, saffron and short grain rice from Valencia. It’s a crowd pleaser and perfect for guests as you can make it ahead and heat it later before serving.  The paella pan […]

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Summer Plum Cake

Summer Plum Cake

  Plum Cake Serves 8  Ingredients  1 1/4 cups alternative gluten free flour, such as brown rice, almond or a cup for cup brand  1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 large plums, […]

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Customized Chef Jackets

Customized Chef Jackets

Since 1989 Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef jackets and aprons for the world’s most distinguished and discerning chefs.  “Their women’s chef coats have become the uniform for the most recognized women in the noble art and science of gastronomy.” For ordering and more information click on the link http://www.crookedbrook.com/womens-chef-jackets-coats.htm  This is where I buy […]

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Swiss Chard with Spicy Carrots and Garlic Oil

Swiss Chard with Spicy Carrots and Garlic Oil

I love this dish made with seasonal organic Swiss chard ( one of my fave greens) and spicy slivered carrots. You can use any green you like such as kale, spinach, arugula, bok choy or escarole. Cooked greens are not only a lovely side dish but served cold with a little vinaigrette, they  can turn […]

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Thai Chicken Curry

Thai Chicken Curry

I taught a wonderful private cooking class in my home kitchen yesterday for a couple that were celebrating the husbands birthday. They are an international couple who love Thai food and we prepared a number of dishes with Thai chicken curry as the entree. I love this recipe as it can be done with a […]

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

One of my favorite ways to enhance a dish is with the use of fresh herbs. Not only are they flavorful and healthy, they also add an extra dimension to recipes that make the dish come alive. I often grow my own and find certain herbs such as basil, mint, chives, rosemary and thyme very […]

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Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress and Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress and Toasted Walnuts

One of my favorite ways to enjoy beets is to roast them until they are caramelized and tender. I can eat them just like that or slice them up and add to a salad or vegetable plate. In this delicious recipe I toss beets with watercress, endive, toasted walnuts and a lemon vinaigrette. Warm Beet […]

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Crepes with Apples and Salted Caramel Sauce

Crepes with Apples and Salted Caramel Sauce

I love crepes, they are so versatile and easy to make. I often make a stack of them ahead and then store in the freezer for when I need them. This recipe is for a sweet dessert crepe and can be filled with any cooked fruit you like such as apples, pears, plums, peaches or […]

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Trip to Italy and Beyond

Trip to Italy and Beyond

I am leading a culinary trip to Verona in Northern Italy in September of this year and would love to have you join me. My partner, Demet Guzey and I have come together to bring you the best in local markets, hands-on classes and wine tastings from the famous Valpolicella region. Second to Chianti, Valopicella […]

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Easy and Delicious Grilled Butterflied Chicken ( Chicken Al Mattone)

Easy and Delicious Grilled Butterflied Chicken ( Chicken Al Mattone)

I taught a wonderful private cooking class in Los Angeles two weeks ago at a regular clients home in West Hollywood. We have been cooking together for many years and she often wants to learn techniques more than recipes. She was very curious about how to grill a whole chicken under a brick known as […]

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

What an beautiful and delicious appetizer this is, or it could be a side for a simple meal of grilled fish and green salad. Puff pastry is the easiest dough to work with, as it isn’t finicky like phyllo or pastry dough. I buy it frozen and defrost it on the counter for an hour […]

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A love letter to my childhood

A love letter to my childhood

The holidays bring up so much stuff; memories of childhood, reminiscences of days gone by, loneliness for a family connection when there is none. But for me, mostly, I am aware of how lucky I was to grow up the way I did. My mother was the original superwoman – she did it all; from […]

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