Pink Lady Apple Pie

Soft delicately spiced pieces of apple, packed together in a tiny bit of loose clear pink jelly, encased in crisp, flaky pie crust is the way I like apple pie.  Over the years, I have used many varieties of apples and I prefer the Pink Lady variety.  Pink Ladies Continue reading

Gjelina Restaurant


It is autumn in Los Angeles.  The intense blue sky was crystal clear and particulate free courtesy of the hot Santa Anna Winds.  Although summer has clearly passed and the days are becoming very short, this day was quite hot, in the high 90’s.

I made dinner reservations at Gjelina some 3-4 weeks ago, highly recommended unless you want to take your chances at one of two large communal tables that are always full, based on the buzz from some of my foodie friends.

Located on the artsy, restaurant studded Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Gjelina is so happening, there is no name or address numbers posted Continue reading

Pistachio Biscotti with Dried Cherries



That first bite into biscotti is sublime.  These are just sweet enough, with a blend of flavors subtle enough not to interfere with your demitasse of espresso and crisp enough to stand up to dunking in hot tea.  I had an idea to use pistachios Continue reading

Garnet Yam Cake With Brown Sugar Icing


This recipe is an Oldie but Goodie. My son Mitchell’s favorite, this moist bundt cake covered in a thickly drizzled maple flavor icing is beautiful on the cake plate and delicious. It is the perfect dairy-free Continue reading

Honey Cake


I think I have tried at least 20 different honey cake recipes over the years. The cakes are always too dry and some are too crumbly. Last year I used my Continue reading