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    Chocolate Pecan Bars

    Chocolate Pecan Bars.. They are too hot to cut! 

    Here is the recipe.. Have a great weekend! 

    Chocolate Pecan Bars


    Tomorrow LIVE at 9am on SDLiving CW6 "The Islands"

    I have traveled to the South Pacific a dozen times. It is a wonderful part of the world. Every island is different.. Thursday's show on SDLiving will focus on a few recipes and travel talk! Here are the recipes. If you can not tune in or San Diego is not in your viewing area you can watch online or after the show I will put my segment up.   

    Drink: Coconut Pineapple Breeze

    Kon-Tiki Chicken Salad

    New Caledonia Shrimp with Honey Dipping Sauce

    Lemon Macadamia Bars 



    Hot Hot Hot.. No-Bake Pies on CW6 SDLiving! 

    Today on CW6.. No-Bake Pies! 

    Its is hot out there! I decided to make 5 different pies for this mornings show. All no-bake and fast to make! Try them out! I started all with the pre-made crust. When you can make yourself if you like. 

    White Chocolate Cheese Pie

    Nutella S'More Pie

    Raspberry Smoothie Pie

    Key Lime Pie

    Peanut Butter Cheese Pie

    Have a great weekend and stay cool! 



    Peaches! Peachy Peaches!

    Ripe Sweet Peaches...

    When you think of Los Angeles you would not think of peaches. But you would be wrong.. Our farmers markets are packed with tree-ripened peaches. When you smell the aroma of the peach and you soak up that flavor into your nose you know! When you head to the local farmers markets the peaches are normally picked the day prior.. Problem is that they last only a few days. Next week I am going to make my annual Fresh Yellow and White Peach Preserves. Today I headed to Glendora, CA for the annual four week sale of Fresh Peach Donuts by The Donut Man of the original Route 66.  Back when I wrote my top 10 donut stores in America for USAToday, I heard from so many donut stores that wanted me to try their fried rounds. The Donut Man contacted me and I had to be honest, they have great donuts, but Peach was the best and only a few weeks out of the year. If I had put them in my top 10 and you had gone... A big disappointment in March when they didn't have the flavorful peachy peach.

    Next time you are on Route 66 check it out.. But call first for the Peach or Fresh Strawberry

    The Donut Man

    915 East Route 66

    Glendora, CA 91740



    I am in final edits on the Hollywood Book.. It goes to print next week. Also, I will be on SDLiving for National Cheesecake Day.. I will send you information soon! 





    4th of July! 

    Blue Cheese Pistachio Cheesecake

    In 2002 my first book came out. 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes, then a number of years later The Cheesecake Bible. This recipe was in both books and is a fast easy cheesecake to make. If you have not had it in one of my classes or parties here is the recipe.

    Blue Cheese Pistachio Cheesecake

    When I worked for Disney it was pretty much a given you would be working on the 4th. The motto was "We Work While Others Play". Since 1994 (My last year at the park) I have played while others worked! Except the year I did a food segment on the Santa Monica Pier which was shown on the 4th but we taped it the month before!

    I am headed to Rapid City, SD. The birth of my father, grandparents and other family members. I have not visited since 1999, so it will be a fun weekend.

    Here is a little preview of my next book.. This windmill Denny's used to be a Van de Kamps Bakery and Coffeeshop. These buildings dotted the southland. This is the only one left and it is in the city of Arcadia close to Pasadena. One chapter is all about the Van de Kamps bakeries.. With recipes too! 

    I am doing the edits on the manuscript and we will have it out in the stores soon! Be looking! 

    Have a great 4th!