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Anderson Valley- California Wine Country


This is the third in a series of sponsored posts about our trip to Mendocino county. Ken and I recently spent 4 days exploring as much of Mendocino County, CA as we could. When you’re in Mendocino the lure of the ocean is strong. There are miles of ocean vistas and empty beaches. It’s a…

Potato Leek Soup Becomes Heat Wave Vichyssoise


We’ve been beaten down by some brutal heat here in Hollywood this past week. So when our final night of the Hollywood Bowl season tickets rolled around, I needed something cool to eat. I chose Chilled Potato Leek Soup and served it alongside freshly shucked oysters. Vichyssoise for vicious weather, you might say. After 6…

Make it Yourself- Homemade Lox


I’ve decided to take on Homemade Lox using terrific wild salmon from Alaska. Good homemade lox has an intense color and a meltingly tender texture. Go to a restaurant and you could pay big bucks for it too. To justify the price plenty of places compose the plate beautifully. Sometimes they’ll include unusual accompaniments which further…

Market Matters- Baked Artichokes


It’s artichoke season in California! So it’s down the hill and off the the Hollywood Farmers Market for this week’s Market Matters to amked baked artichokes. While it’s true that in California artichokes are available throughout the year to varying degrees, peak season is from March to May with another flush of this thistle like…