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Mac, Ham and Cheese

Mac, Ham and Cheese from "Mo' Macaroni and Cheese" eBook.

Mac, Ham and Cheese from “Mo’ Macaroni and Cheese” eBook.

Can You Ever Have Too Much Mac and Cheese?

“We don’t think so. Macaroni and cheese is America’s comfort food. And to prove it, here’s a collection of 30 tried-and-true mac and cheese recipes from the Food Bloggers Los Angeles, a group of more than 100 Los Angeles-based bloggers. “ (more…)

May 8, 2014 at 11:23 am 2 comments

New England Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Who doesn’t love a good New England Clam Chowder. Creamy.  Salty, from the sea. Smooth, with chunks of meaty clams and the surprise as you bite into America’s favorite vegetable, the lowly potato. (more…)

February 4, 2014 at 9:02 am 3 comments

Sugar Cookies – a versatile recipe for mix-ins

Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Sugar Cookie 12-13 IMG_8772Not a lot of time to bake cookies this year?   Try this delicious Sugar Cookie recipe and do some mix-ins.

At the cookie exchange.

At the cookie exchange.

That’s what I did to create this Cranberry-Orange Walnut Sugar Cookie when I was pushed against the clock before meeting up with the outrageous bakers in the Food Bloggers of Los Angeles for our annual Cookie Exchange.  (See links to all the FBLA recipes below.)   This was my first time at this event, since it usually conflicts with my Holiday Cookie Baking Class, which will be next Saturday, December 14, 2013. (more…)

December 10, 2013 at 9:19 am 16 comments

Easy Lump-free Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy

gravy 2 11-12 IMG_2641Would you like to learn how to make a super easy gravy without lumps this Thanksgiving?  I have a foolproof method that I learned in culinary school that is so simple, you will wonder why you didn’t learn it sooner. That’s how I felt after learning it.  Whenever I am invited to someone’s home where turkey is being roasted, I am always asked to make the gravy.  No problem. (more…)

November 25, 2013 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Throw a Pizza Party with a one-minute pizza dough.

Arugula Pizza IMG_7560 10-13Take a look at the fabulous pizzas we made in our Pizza Party Cooking Class! Armed with my one-minute Pizza dough recipe,  we sampled some creative new ideas to add to my pizza repertoire.

It’s difficult to say which was my favorite,  They were all delicious and beautiful works of art on a plate…or a pizza paddle. (more…)

October 24, 2013 at 9:23 am 2 comments

Pies and Tarts Cooking Class – November 14, 2013

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French Apple Gallette

Yikes!  Thanksgiving is around the corner and with it pie season as I think of it. Our annual Pies and Tarts Cooking Class will be held on Thursday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester.  Every year I find five new pie recipes to make and this season, we’ve got some delicious choices.  Here’s what’s on the menu.

  • French Apple Galette
  • Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie
  • Pumpkin Kahlua Pie
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Cranberry-Pear Streusel Pie (more…)

October 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm 3 comments

Baking & Decorating Christmas Cookies with the Kids

Cookie Cover 12-12This was our 9th annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class and I’ve discovered it’s all about the kids.  Baking cookies may be the first step for a child in their journey of learning how to work or play in the kitchen. (more…)

December 20, 2012 at 10:11 am 5 comments

Nutmeg Log Cookies

Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

Last year my friend Mary gave me a gift of her Christmas cookies.  I felt so lucky to taste these creations that were handed down from her mother.  I had read all about them the previous year in the December 16, 2009 Los Angeles Times.  I had saved the newspaper clipping and had intended to make them one day, but I was doubly pleased to see and taste them the way she experienced them as a child.   I confess that my sweetie didn’t get many of them!

Every year, I teach a Christmas Cookie Baking Class at the Holy Nativity Community Hall and so I decided this year that we would make the Nutmeg Logs that Mary wrote about and see if they could measure up to hers.  I could not find the rum flavoring in her ingredient list, so I went with some rum out of my liquor cabinet –and added more of it, since we didn’t have the concentrated version.  I thought the Nutmeg Log team of Karen and Jeanine did a beautiful job creating these. (more…)

December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

The True Joy of the Christmas Cookie Bake

Santa makes an appearance at our 8th annual Cookie Baking Class

Santa makes an appearance at our 8th annual Cookie Baking Class

Our 8th annual Christmas Cookie Baking class was a smashing success!  I love this class!  It’s the ultimate group effort – baking 8 different cookies…over 1000 cookies to share with your friends.  Everyone taps into their holiday spirit and inner child to create these beauties.

Merry Mocha Cookies

Merry Mocha Cookies

Cherry-Coconut Drops

Cherry-Coconut Drops

English Toffee

English Toffee

Peppermint Fluff Brownies

Peppermint Fluff Brownies

Lemon-Ginger Snowballs

Lemon-Ginger Snowballs

Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

French Macarons with Raspberry Filling

French Macarons with Raspberry Filling

Decorated Sugar Cookies

Decorated Sugar Cookies

My favorite moment is when the eight different cookies are all splayed out on the big table..it now takes over three tables to display them all!!  It takes all my might to hold everyone back from descending on them with their cookie tins in hand…so that we can enjoy the sight and take a few photos before they are all split up and brought to different homes.  For a moment, I think of them as my babies…I’ve planned out in my head how all the separate cookies will look together in a combination of holiday sweets…and I just want that moment to last a little longer.  It is quite a sight!Cookie Collage 1r 12-11

However, the real joy in hosting an annual Christmas Cookie Bake is the pride the  little ones and big ones alike take in their work – such a reward for me to see the look on their faces at what they are able to create!

Sugar Cookie Team: Dakota, Madison, Ashley; Lemon-Ginger Snowball Team: Matt, Nancy, Leilani

Sugar Cookie Team: Dakota, Madison, Ashley; Lemon-Ginger Snowball Team: Matt, Nancy, Leilani

Nutmeg Log Team: Karen & Jeanine; Cherry-Coconut Drop Team: Izzy; French Macaroon Team: Emma & Doris; Cookie Chef, Patricia.

Nutmeg Log Team: Karen & Jeanine; Cherry-Coconut Drop Team: Izzy; French Macaroon Team: Emma & Doris; Cookie Chef, Patricia.

After days of shopping and hours of preparation setting up our Community Hall with the tables, ingredients and recipes for the Cookie Bake, I get such a kick out of watching people enter the Hall and decide which cookie team they want to join.  It reminds me of being overwhelmed on Christmas morning as I enter the living room and see the glow of the Christmas tree and the beautifully wrapped gifts.  Yes, Santa was there, but I have since found the real joy of Christmas…giving to others.  That is the true joy we all experience during the Christmas Cookie Bake!! …and of course, we get to eat the results!

Most of the Cookie Baking Teams

Most of the Cookie Baking Teams

December 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm 13 comments


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Patricia K. Rose

I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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