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    European Butter Cookies.. 

    Ah..Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies.

    This past weekend was a "nature" weekend. It was sunny about 80F here in SoCal. We took a little "road trip" to the wild flowers.. The hills were packed with so many varieties of flowers! With all of the rain we have had the hills exposed their beauty for us!

    After the flowers then off to California Historical Citrus State Park.  It is a MUST visit stop. They have tours of the farms and all of the citrus. This time of year the aroma is intoxicating..  You also come home with a sample bag of the varieties! Afterwards I purchased 30 pounds of oranges.. A cross between Navel and Blood. Jams will be made this week!

    Here is the recipe for the butter cookies..Recipe for Butter Cookies

    A few years back I came across a rolling pin company that made embossed pins.. They are out of Poland.. But they ship to the states! Take a look at Rolling Woods Store.

    Rolling Woods Etsy Store:

    Until next time..


    SDLiving Tomorrow! St. Paddy's Day

    The Countdown begins... I have not posted too much about the end of the SDLiving Show on the CW6 in San Diego.. This is my last St. Paddy's Day Show. I started morning shows in 1993. The year I left Disney. It was also the year the launched The Food Network. I was a regular on ABCs Mike and Maty in the 90s.. That was a 3 year run.. I have been doing this show for about 7 years.. I will have to look at the first thing I made..  I created a segment called WTF Day.. (What The Food) Day.. every day has some sorts of food attached to it.. If we didn't have an idea as to a segment we would look into what food day it was... I was so happy to always do National Cheesecake Day.. So I could highlight my book and cheesecakes! 

    Here are the recipes for tomorrow.. Until next week! (The SDLiving Show signs off on the last day of the month). If any of you are a friend on Facebook.. I will be doing LIVE tomorrow while I set up my show around 8:15 am PDT.


    Shamrock Shake for Adults

    Drunken Pistachio Cake

    Pistachio Cheesecake

    Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Icing


    Thank You For Being A Friend

    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!