Category: Dining

Regret-Free Shopping? It’s a Mystery!

My lovely new necklace. I may be traveling back east next month for a business meeting and will be trading my usual work uniform of pajamas (working at home) or jeans and tees (archery range) for something a little more appropriate for east coast corporate. I wanted something bright and cheerful that would add a …

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Half & Half Ice Cream

Today is the last day of National Ice Cream Month, and to celebrate, here’s our “go to” ice cream recipe. Shortly after we we first got married, we got our first ice cream maker; along with it, we got our first ice cream recipe book, which we still have. It’s called “Modern Ice Cream Recipes” …

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DIY Monday: Recondition Cast Iron Cookware

One of the best, most useful items you can have in your kitchen is a good cast iron skillet. Nothing cooks like cast iron, and as we learned in Disney’s Tangled, it also makes a pretty good weapon. Cast iron cookware also happens to be one of those items people tend to pass by at …

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Easy Lemon Cookies

We found this recipe some years ago in a friend’s recipe book collection. It was cookie-making season, and our oven was broken (well, not really broken so much as simply misbehaving; temperatures were random, the pilot light had a tendency to go out, and all the other things that go with trying to use an incredibly cool looking but obstinate 75-year-old appliance), so we schlepped ourselves over to Sara and Benny’s place for a day of cookies, videogames, random oddball movies and good conversation.

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Chicken & Waffles

We’re fortunate enough to live just a few blocks from one of the great American restaurants, Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles. The first time I saw the place, I thought it sounded bizarre; chicken and waffles, in my mind, went together like spaghetti and ice cream. But I was intrigued, and after hearing from friends, we finally ventured forth and found out that chicken and waffles are a marriage made in heaven.

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Best Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries were on sale last week, so of course I bought some. Finding myself with an abundance of berries, I pulled out this wonderful recipe from my copy of the Vincent Price Cookbook © 1965 which I inherited from my mother. Price was known not only for his films, which ranged from the 1944 noir …

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Fabulous Summertime Beverage: White Wine Sangria

  The very first note in my phone is a list of ingredients for a white wine sangria made by a Pasadena restaurant, Café Santorini: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Schnapps. The fruits that were used that night were honeydew, pineapple, cherries and lime. The waiter described how the restaurant prepared their sangria on Friday …

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Street Food Cinema

Summer is upon us, which means it’s once again time for two of my favorite evening activities: food trucks and outdoor movies. Both are reasonably inexpensive, often surprising, and always entertaining. In the greater Los Angeles area, there are a lot of places where food trucks can be found congregating in large numbers, creating a …

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Tea Time

I follow all my local papers on Facebook and an interesting item caught my eye on the Pasadena Patch page. On June 10, the Langham Hotel in Pasadena is celebrating the opening of the first Langham Hotel in London, England in 1865 by serving their Tiffin Afternoon Tea for its original price of 1 shilling, …

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Descoware

When we visit thrift stores, my husband tends to spend most of his time browsing the electronics, gadgets, knick-knacks and other dust-catchers while I’m looking at clothes. (His helpful tip for today is to always take a look at the kitchen section of the Goodwill; the things you find there are almost always items you …

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