Chocolate Bread Pudding


While collecting the recipes for The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine cookbook, I decided to include some uses of leftover bread and of course bread pudding is on the list. My editor, Laura Christman, asked to include the recipe for the…

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Winter Corn Pudding


One year my mother asked me to bring a vegetable side dish for our family Thanksgiving. Wanting to do something new, I brought the ingredients for this ultra simple corn pudding, from Irena Chalmer’s little Holiday recipe book, and whipped…

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Cobb Salad

I have had many Cobbs in my life, since it is an all-time favorite salad. Cobb Salad was created in the legendary Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles (which was constructed like an oversized hut), and its patronage included old Hollywood from the 40s and 50s, and new Hollywood faces from the 60s and 70s.

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The Baker: Russian Challah (Jewish Egg Bread)

This is my friend Ilana Sharum’s grandmother’s recipe from Russia, which she had transcribed over the phone to me from her recipe written in cursive Hebrew. It is one of my most treasured recipes and I make it for just about every special occasion. There is a saying that when you make this traditional bread (every Friday), you are creating an atmosphere, not just food.

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French Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Chives


My dear friend Norma Golobic, who knew every excellent place to eat in the city, told me about a great little bistro in San Francisco off Union Street. It was called Balboa Cafe. One trip there and I was hooked;…

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Catering Stories: Two For One-Part 1

January 1988 started what was to be a good year for catering. It was an election year and Reaganomics had the country in the lull between Iran-Contra and the end of the Cold War. People were entertaining at home nonstop. I had a lot of private parties scheduled way into the summer. January is a great month to entertain since people are looking for some excitement in the dreary cold month following the Christmas holidays.

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