Sunday, April 21, 2019
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
spinach souffle casserole recipe:
4 10oz frozen boxes/bags of chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups grated medium cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
(3 cups total)
2 green onions thinly sliced
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ tsp salt (scant)
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
4 eggs, separated
Defrost spinach and place in a colander and drain well---press down with paper towels, till very dry. Spray a 9x12 glass casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly beat egg yolks till frothy. Beat egg whites till light peaks form.
In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the egg whites. Fold the egg whites lightly into the mixture---turn into the baking dish and bake approx. 35 minutes till lightly puffed and golden. Rest before cutting.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
I never fail to have a wonderful time when I visit Brendan in LA, as you know from former posts of our adventures in food and more! Brendan had some great things planned . . .we went to The Broad museum in downtown LA, a private collection of modern art not to be missed. The Broad is a beautiful building right next door to another gorgeous piece of architecture, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic---designed by Frank Gehry. After your museum tour, take the tram down the hill to the Grand Central Market for a food court extravaganza! We opted for old school Chinese--egg foo young!
The adventure continued with a great dinner at Lares Mexican in Santa Monica. We saw Ocean's Eight while we were there, and it is a fun must see, especially for all the clothes and jewels! Try breakfast and a sidewalk table at Sweet Butter, stop at Nespresso in BH for a fabulous salmon platter and visit the incredible mall at Westfield Century City, which features 3 stories of Eataly, an all Italian emporium filled with every Italian food and beverage delight you could possibly imagine---try the Roman pizza, known for its distinctive chewy, bubbly crust---we selected the prosciutto with green olives . . . words can't describe. Brendan is a great griller and we enjoyed ribeyes and filets on grill the last night!
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
One of my favorite go to places for lunch is Casa Vallarta at 1910 Park Blvd in Oakland. This casual family run restaurant delivers homestyle Mexican favorites with delicious salsas, well developed sauces and homemade corn tortillas all at great prices. Some of my favorites include the pork tamales with beans and rice, the wet burrito smothered in melted jack cheese and served on red and green sauces, chicken tostada salad in a tortilla bowl and the crispy beef tacos to name a few! Stop in and create some favorites for yourself!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
I had a wonderful dinner last night with my dear girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. My friends really pulled out all the stops--starting with, it was a surprise! I was to meet Judy downtown at 5:00 and then, see what would happen. We began with a nice glass of wine at the Four Seasons. We then took an Uber and arrived at Maybeck's on Scott Street in the Marina. Inside, my friends had set up the private room with flowers and place cards and candles--it was beautiful!
Wednesday night Maybeck's features Beef Wellington and if that is not fantastic enough, at 7 pm promptly, you are invited into the kitchen where chef Eric Lowe talks about the preparation and makes the first cut into the Wellingtons---they were a thing of beauty! Back at the table, we started with grilled/smoked artichokes with remoulade and halibut crudo with chili/lemon olive oil. The Beef Wellington was served with black truffle au jus---creamed spinach was served on the side. The beef was so tender you could cut it with your fork. My dear friends continued the surprise with a cake made by SusieCakes on Chestnut Street, with a sweet butter cream frosting just like you remember from childhood and the perfect birthday cake! Truly a wonderful evening I will never forget!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
E and O Kitchen and Bar on Sutter Street and if you haven't been, make a plan to go--the atmoshere is casual chic, the food is divine Asian fusion with great cocktails--even housemade ginger ale and they have a great happy hour from 3-6, Mon-Sat. Really nice, you could order directly off the regular menu on NYE--dinner included ahi tuna tartar, pad thai noodles with gulf white prawns, wood roasted black cod on water spinach and of course a very tender shaking beef with tomatoes, chilis and watercress. We only had to travel a block to the Shelton Theater for a super hilarious, well priced comedy show called "Cheaper Than Therapy". This long standing club in the heart of downtown SF has a cool downstairs bar and will definitely remind you of a below street New York bar.