Cookbook Review: Sweet by Valerie Gordon

Cookbook Review: Sweet by Valerie Gordon

  Author Valerie Gordon’s earliest memories include taking baked goods on a family visit to business associates. By the time she was in the third grade, she had developed what she bravely admits was a “serious baking habit.” Today, she oversees a Los Angeles empire of...
On Sugar Syrups and Cocktails

On Sugar Syrups and Cocktails

Just what is a cocktail? One web-searched definition says: “An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream.” Cocktail guru Mittie Hellmich in The Ultimate Bar Book offers this more...
Cookbook Review: Olives, Lemons & Za’atar

Cookbook Review: Olives, Lemons & Za’atar

Ok, to begin with za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix: dry oregano or thyme is mixed with sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt and then served with olive oil and flat bread as the signature breakfast dish. Oh, sumac? That is a spice made from the dried and powdered...
Brian’s Breakfast Mash Up

Brian’s Breakfast Mash Up

On a morning when I don’t have to rush off to work or a meeting, when I have some time, and when I have memories of childhood breakfasts, I open the refrigerator and begin. There is nothing complicated here: bacon, potatoes and onions. Plus more if you want: Peppers...