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    The 1980’s. I was working in Hollywood at a place on Melrose and Vine. About 3 blocks from Paramount Studios. Cable shows were new and many being taped on the lot. A few times a stage hand (Bill) kept coming into the bakery asking for food for the prop department. The sitcom show “It’s A Living” was going into production and the story took place in a restaurant. Bill came in asking me how to create ice cream that would not melt under the hot lights and tasted great. Plus, it had to be chocolate with texture in it. I came up with using raw cookie dough. And started producing about 3 different flavors for the show. Then I was hired to transform their glass cake case. All the cakes had to look real and stand up for a season. I made Styrofoam dummies and added chocolate sprinkles and maraschino cherries that I replaced for the next season.. The show lasted 2 years, then was picked up for syndication so they had to produce enough episodes to reach the magic number of 100. Then a spin-off of Dynasty. The Colby’s. It also too lasted two seasons. They ate more than the Dynasty show. Every show seemed to need food. I created all edible foods that had to last and taste great. My first Duck Al l‘Orange was such a hit that the producers flipped a coin as to got to take it home after. Another show.. Brothers it was a new comedy on this new cable thing. Lots of foods for that show.. Now brings me to ABC.

    I was asked to create a simple yet elegant wedding cake 4-tier and a smaller carrot cake. The wedding cake. bottom layer edible. Had to look white on camera. So we did test colors of the icing being yellow as it deflects the lights and make it look white. This was for a new TV show they hoped would be picked up called Golden Girls. It was shot at Sunset Gower stages, a group of 3 older ladies with their live in male cook. Then.. about 12 months later, I was asked to create a cheesecake for the same show. It was getting picked up by the network. For the run of the show I would create 7 cheesecakes for the Friday night taping. They moved production to the stages very close to Paramount (Ren-Mar). I would box up 7 cheesecakes by 4pm.. all identical. Every season the cakes changed, Season one: plain, season two.. whipped cream trim, season three berry topping and so on..

    This past week.. I have heard from so many people regarding my cheesecakes from the show.. All the way from Norway in fact. I have written three cheesecake cookbooks, with one in Italian. But I forgot to include the Golden Girls Cheesecake. A new café is opening in New York, highlighting Golden Girls. I contacted them regarding the original cheesecake recipe and they wanted nothing to do with it really. (I had not even talked compensation yet). Two weeks ago, I was the guest speaker at the current owner of the apartment that Mae West lived in for years. Only a few blocks from where Golden Girls was shot. I took a cheesecake.

    Here is the recipe for you to take or share with a group of your friends at night! PS: My next book on cheesecakes will include this recipe and it will be out in 2018.

    Golden Girls Cheesecake

    Cookie Dough that I used for Ice Cream                 



    Book signings in Los Angeles and San Diego, Classes in Ohio

    Since my latest book came out I have been doing talks and signing all over the World. Last week was real special. I spoke at a "salon" of Hollywood insiders and lovers of "Old" Hollywood in the former home of  actress, playwright Mae West. She lived in one of the few "New York" type apartments with doorman and all. We feasted on my Golden Girl Cheesecake and talked for hours about Hollywood and the restaurants of the day.

    Upcoming Events:

    Feb 23rd, 7:30pm ~ Booksigning and Talk ~ Free

    Warwicks in LaJolla, CA

    Link: Event 

    March 11th 10:30am ~ Booksigning and Talk ~ Free

    Los Angeles Public Library

    Link: Event


    March 1st and 2nd: Classes in Ohio at Cooks Wares

    Link: Event


    Hope to see you in a class! 


    In Mae's Kitchen! 



    SDLiving Christmas Show! Thursday! 

    This Thursday! SDLiving Live at 9am on the CW6.

    Cheese Balls and Yule Logs! Bringing back the retro! Tune in to see how to make these 1960s Favorites! 

    Rum PaPa Pum Drink

    Party Herb Cheese Ball

    Nutella Buche de Noel Cake (Christmas Log Cake)

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


    Pie for Leeza.. Green Room Talk

    From Daytime to KTLA:

    The green room is where all of the action is... Not the on air area at all. Last week while on NBC Daytime in Tampa in walked Jane Lynch a few steps behind were a few more people..  They stood there for a moment and I said.. Oh are you Jane's Publicist? (Insert foot in mouth here).. Ah. no I am Kate Flannery.. (OK I never saw the show The Office but I guess she was big there). But then I thought.. she does not know me either.. 

    Today while waiting around for my segment I was with Leeza Gibbons and a few others.. Leeza and I talked about how she was having 40 over for Thanksgiving and I dont think she knew I cooked.. So we talked about my Pumpkin Kahlua Pie.. She was wanting me to whip up a pie right then and there! Here is the recipe.. 

    I am leaving tomorrow morning (Thanksgiving) back to Tampa. I am going to be joining the ms. Oosterdam on a 14 day cruise of the Caribbean. This will be my last cruise. 8 years of the ships has come to an end.. 

    Recipe for my Pumpkin Kahlua Pie 

    Dont forget to get your copy of my newest book at Book Soup on December 8th,  7pm. On the Sunset Strip! .. I will be doing a signing and talk.. 


    KTLA: Iconic Los Angeles TV Station.

    KTLA: Iconic LA Station.. 

    Today I talked about 5 of the locations in my newest book.. Had a great time having everyone taste the foods from the bygone era.. Here is the clip.. For the recipes.. Get the book!

    KTLA Show 

    One of my first TV shows was on the old Burns and Allen Stages.. You could feel the history.. Today I drove onto the old Columbia Pictures Lot and worked on stage 6.. Again.. you can feel and smell the history! Im very fortunate!