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Lola’s Kitchen: For the love of seafood …

When I was young, my dad would gather the family together in the old Model A and head for the beach. San Martin Beach, south of San Francisco, was the destination. The purpose was smelt fishing. At a certain time of year, the smelt would be running. When a wave came in the smelt could […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Table manners …

Most of us have had the experience of dining next to someone with atrocious table manners, such as befitting a Neanderthal. All right, maybe not in your circles. About a year ago, I was having lunch with a friend in Old Town San Diego. I looked up and he had a horrified look on his […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Vegan or vegetarian dining …

Now for those who don’t eat meat, I don’t get it. Just trying to figure out why humans evolved with the teeth we have. It appears to me our teeth are for tearing meat apart.

Lola’s Kitchen: Thanksgiving leftovers …

Everyone has Thanksgiving leftovers unless you are Henry VIII. It starts out on Thanksgiving Day with a wonderful feast giving appreciation for a year of bounty. After dinner, time is spent lounging around, letting the tryptophan kick in and watching football. The day after Thanksgiving is nice, no meals to prepare, a nice turkey sandwich […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Martinis and other shaker cocktails …

I own two cookbooks, “Retro Cocktails, Shake It Baby” by Kate Moseley, and “The Martini Book” by Sally Ann Berk. They shouldn’t be called cookbooks as the recipes do not start cooking until after ingesting. I pour over each book with affection, as if looking through a family album. Friends and family know I enjoy […]

Lola’s Kitchen: For a small friendly dinner …

On Friday, Sept. 14, I drove to Palm Springs and picked up a girlfriend whom I have not seen in about 25 years. My car’s air conditioning is broken, so the trip was somewhat uncomfortable. I was more concerned the heat would be difficult for her since she is from Santa Cruz. But what worried […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Connie and Charlotte …

In previous columns, I have established how I tormented my little sister. Thinking back, I did take great delight in making her life miserable. Connie was a quiet, serious child, three years younger than I am. Often after teasing her unmercifully, my mother would eventually intervene. She would admonish me and warn, “Just wait until […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Poultry pets …

Growing up on an apricot ranch had it’s drawbacks. On the positive side, my mom never wasted anything. She canned and grew vegetables and herbs, corn, tomatoes, etc. We also had a wide variety of fruit and citrus trees. Now for the negative side. My little sister and I had a pet duck named Elmer. […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Ice cream and other frozen desserts …

I love ice cream; it’s my favorite dessert. Ice cream brings back great memories of my childhood. As a little girl every Saturday afternoon, my parents would load my younger sister and I up in the old pickup truck and make a dusty trip to the grocery store. Across the street was a creamery, which […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Dining for cooler weather …

Before you know it, cooler weather will be upon us. What’s not to love about hearty fall and winter food. Thick stews, soups, paella, cassoulet, pastas, roasted squashes, I could go on. (Cliche alert, something everyone says). My mother would make the best chicken soup I have ever tasted. Unfortunately, I have never been able […]

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