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Lola’s kitchen: Where to start …

I decided to write this column before the Mountain Fire mandatory evacuation was lifted. Needless to mention, starting Monday, July 15, the residents of Idyllwild have been through hell. The fact is, my mind and heart were filled with turmoil, but I was not alone. All residents of Idyllwild scattered throughout Southern California and those […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Just read it …

I started reading a book about cooking that a close friend gave me for my birthday. What I have read so far gives me a clue as to what the book will hold. “Cooked,” by Michael Pollan, was on the bestseller list, although it contains no recipes. He also authored “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “Food […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Grilling corn on the cob …

One of the first things I learned in grade school was that corn was a staple of Native Americans. I love Native American cuisine. My husband and I would journey down to Fantasy Casino when they had a pow-wow with several nations attending. Each nation had their own style of tribal dress designating their affiliation. […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Don’t rub me the wrong way …

Most of us have grilled using our own or a cookbook’s rub recipe. I have tried various rubs for chicken, pork and seafood. For the most part, I primarily use marinades, only occasionally using rubs, although rubs are flavorful and zesty. My favorite food season is right around the corner, I can close my eyes […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Dreaming of brunch …

Within the last two weeks I have undertaken what is for me a huge project. I live on 14 acres of religious retreat property. An old, very heavy picnic table was sitting next to an old swimming pool, both unused for a long time. I asked Pastor Tim if I could move the table to […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Juicing …

Have you ever tried something new in the kitchen only to have it turn into a fiasco? Well, it happened to me recently. This is not the beginning of a joke. About three or four weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who said he had been juicing. This had helped him drop a […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Food and weight, the shame of it all …

Tapenade is a palate-pleasing spread of Mediterranean origins, and a great start to a nice dinner. Tapenade spreads make great appetizers and are primarily served with pita chips, fresh vegetables, crackers and baguette slices which have been brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted in the oven. Grapes on the side are a nice touch […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Food and weight, the shame of it all …

Believe me, I am no expert on losing weight, but here it goes. As we age, notice I said we, it gets harder to lose weight. Having to personally work hard to lose five pounds frustrates me to no end. Learning as I go taught me tips for losing weight. Try avoiding dining after 5 […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Who doesn’t love bread? …

Nothing would be tastier than eating crusty bread with every meal, although the possibility for weight gain is the drawback. The smell of homemade bread baking in the oven is heavenly. Better yet is when it’s warm from the oven and slathered in butter. My mother once mentioned that my grandmother Carmen had no indoor […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Seductive Valentine’s Day treats …

At first I was going to write a column about bread; but since this week is Valentine’s Day I thought I would make this simple and sweet. By sweet, I mean lovers’ desserts. To begin with I wish my husband John a happy Valentine’s Day, wherever you are. I miss your warmth, love and humor. […]

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