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    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! 



    County Fair Time on the CW6! This Thursday! 

    It's San Diego County Fair time!

    This Thursday LIVE on the CW6 in San Diego I will be recreating 3 of the fairs famous foods.. But here is a sneak peak.. Plus my Adult Beverage recipes!

    1. Adult Watermelon Tea

    2. Pulled Pork

    3. Fried Oreo's

    4. Fried Corn Dogs


    Cherry Season is so short! 

    Cherry Season.. Where does it go?

    Here in Southern California we have great farmers markets. Many of the vendors grown their fare in neighboring counties. Some drive 4 hours one way to get to the markets. Not many of the larger orchards and farms are in the Los Angeles area. So if you want to pick your own produce off of trees and bushes you have to go a few hours out.

    Last weekend I drove out to the very outskirts to Villa del Sol, sweet cherry farms. They are only open for a few weeks. Bing and Rainier Cherries are packed the first week of operation. I picked the second and last weekend. If you are in the area, you should get to the farm as soon as they open. Here is the site: Cherries. Sign up for the alerts for next year! 

    I picked about 11 pounds of fresh cherries. I pitted them and put them into four categories; Bing with and without stems and Rainier with and without stems. I then places them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and let them freeze over night. The next morning I placed them in my Seal-a Meal and now have cherries packed in the freezer.

    Tonight I made a Cherry Almond Tart with a flakey sweet tart dough crust. Here are the recipes:

    Cherry Almond Tart

    Sweet Tart Dough 


    France 2018.. Ms Westerdam in Alaska! 

    France 2018.. What happen to 2017? 

    We just returned from a great tour of France with a group of fantastic "foodies". I have been taking groups since the mid-90s and I never get tired of the countryside. 

    From waking up to the morning church bells of the quant village to the hot freshly baked croissant to all of the classes, tours and events we have planned.

    Here are a few recipes from the week and also information on 2018. We are sold out for 2017. And the registration opens on June 1st. So if you are planning on joining us in the South of France. Take a look at the brochure and ask questions. The first 4 couples to have their registration in after June 1st are on the trip!


    Recipe: Brochettes de Tomates et Mozzarella

    2018 Brochure

    2018 Order Form


    This upcoming Saturday (May 14th) I will be on board the ms Westerdam from Seattle to Seattle into Alaska. Next week I will bring you recipes from the trip. It is going to be a great week as its their Chefs at Sea Program. 

    See you on the sea, my segments on SDLiving or a class soon! 




    St. Paddy's Day Show in SD Living

    March 8th, 2016. LIVE on San Diego Living. CW6.

    The end of the week I join the ms Prinsendam in Florida across the Atlantic to the Med. A long crossing of over a week! 

    Here is my St. Patty's Day Show recipe. Enjoy!

    Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baily's Frosting

    Just FYI: I have two spots left on my France April 2017. Email me for information.