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Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Ingredients: 15 oz can Garbanzo (chick peas), drained and rinsed 8 oz (½ can) white beans (navy, northern, any will do), drained and rinsed ¼ cup tahini paste ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (I squeezed one large lemon) 3-4 tbsp. olive oil, plus a little more for on top when finished, if you like 3-4 […]

The Skill of Self-Compassion

The Skill of Self-Compassion

How is it that we can rush to a friend’s side, be the shoulder to cry on, the sounding wall, the advice corner, the giver of unconditional love, compassion, and understanding, yet fail to do so for ourselves? We’re our harshest critic; we’ve all heard that. But what does this behavior produce? How many times […]

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within is at its best when it sticks to the written text, but the lavish and often absurd musical numbers of the current production of A Christmas Carol are engaging for both young and old audiences. The sets are intricate and beautiful, and the constant changes give a sense of movement. The costumes […]

Thank You

Thank You

We would like to thank each and every Hometown Pasadena reader and subscriber who read about and attended Cecilia’s Day benefitting Cecilia von Harz, daughter of L.A. Firefighter James von Harz, who’s been fighting cancer since she was two years old. The fundraiser was held on December 4th at Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena and […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Less Clutter More Life

Less Clutter More Life

If Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it. For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her […]

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Sincere thanks to Bill Disselhorst for contributing this week’s recipe. He and Ann have just released their first cookbook—Fresh—and will have a signing on Saturday, December 20th. Only thirty dollars, Fresh makes for a great holiday gift and supports our local independent entrepreneurs! Thank you, Fiore Market Café, and congratulations…(We’ll be seeing you in a […]

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

As some may know, we are holiday decoration addicts. We’re the ones slowing to 25 mph so we can get a good look at a worthy lawn decoration or light design. Whether it’s traditional and reminiscent of our East Coast childhood or pure “Cali” or something beyond words, we pull over to get our fix… […]

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

“Being a Jane Austen Mystery,” I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this derivative work by Stephanie Barron. Baron’s Jane, a character based on her historical counterpart, solves murder mysteries. (No zombies.) Barron has captured Austen’s tone, if not Austen herself, with early 19th century humor and gentile snark. The story takes place in an English country […]

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Val Echavarria is moving to the back. That is, this local artist has created her new studio space at the back of Avenue 50 Studio. Val is a multi-media artist who works in pastel, pencil, acrylics, and watercolor. She’s also a sculptor and done assemblage art and collage. She opens her studio doors this weekend… […]

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