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Salsa Pizza

Salsa Pizza

It’s been a samba/salsa kinda week for me—both in the world of music (at a lively Latin jazz event at the Hollywood Bowl), and in the sweet and spicy notes of a perfect pizza recipe I conjured up in my kitchen! Salsa’s are used to compliment fish, chicken, tortilla chips—I’ve even seen a recipe to scoop [...]

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Are you planning a romantic dinner at home with your amore for Valentine’s Day? Look no further for the perfect dessert—a simple and sweet recipe from my Italian cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table. The perfect color for the occasion—enticing red strawberries steal the show, yet don’t rob you of prep time [...]

Coconut Craze

Coconut Craze

In my Pumped with Potassium blog last February, I wrote about the many benefits of coconut water in a health-conscious diet. Now, I’m going to get into the “meat” of the coconut. More specifically, extra virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from the insides of the coconut through a cold-expeller press much like olive oil. The [...]

The Ease of Quiche

The Ease of Quiche

As grandparents anxiously wait to embrace their grandchildren on Christmas morning (and parents frantically fight traffic to safely deliver the kids to their eager destinations) I am leisurely waking up with my cup of joe, and comfortably planning and awaiting my turn to entertain and enjoy gift giving with family. Why my lax attitude, you ask? The [...]

Momma’s Winter Soup

Momma’s Winter Soup

Throwing together last minute meals takes years of practice. My mom is a genius at it—especially hearty winter soups with ripe vegetables that need to be put to good use. She will never let good food go to waste. As a young girl growing up in Sicily, even having meat for dinner was a rarity. [...]

Persimmon Salad

Persimmon Salad

A sweet and delicious fruit, the persimmon is predominantly used in bread and cake recipes this time of year. The more common variety used in baking is the Hachiya persimmon. When fully ripe, the Hachiya turns a brilliant orange-red in color, and is very soft on the inside—and by soft—I mean runny, gel-like, egg white soft. This doesn’t exactly [...]

Fannie’s House: SGV Humane Society

Fannie’s House: SGV Humane Society

Why do us shelter dogs get such a bad rap?  It wasn’t my fault I didn’t have a home…I wasn’t a bad or destructive dog. If people haven’t noticed, times are tough out there. Our owners have to give us up when they can’t afford us anymore; they have to move away and can’t take [...]

A New World of Creamy

A New World of Creamy

Quick, what’s white in color, has no fat, and can turn a mac and cheese dish into a good source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium? Normally, anything white makes the diet-conscious eater think, “Not me. No, thank you.” However, this pale pal is a low-carb-lover’s dream. Give up yet? (I know, I threw you [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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