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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 […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Wine …

Growing up in Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, California, filled my childhood memories with visions of fruit orchards bursting with spring blossoms. Acres of mustard plants with raging yellow blooms were throughout my father’s property. The Mount Hamilton range was on the east side of the valley, the Santa Cruz range was on the west. […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Let’s do brunch …

The only problem with dining on a lovely brunch, it starts at about 10 a.m. or so. By then most people are famished. My favorite brunch is Eggs Benedict of course. I first prepared this full brunch while I lived in Arizona. A variation on traditional Eggs Benedict 4 servings Slice four full-size crescent rolls, […]

Lola's Kitchen: The wonders of cake mixes …

Lola’s Kitchen: The wonders of cake mixes …

It is relatively easy for me to admit I occasionally use cake mixes instead of making cupcakes or cakes from scratch. In my collection of cookbooks, several are for cakes or cupcakes. One book is called, “The Cake Doctor” by Anne Byrn. The great thing about cake mixes, anyone can doctor them up and it […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Cooking for large crowds …

The largest group I have single-handedly cooked for was 60 people. My husband and I would host Fourth of July parties including a mariachi band. Prepping would start a week ahead. The cuisine would be either Mexican or traditional barbecue. Having recently joined the American Legion, the opportunity presented itself to speak with Jeanine Schweppe, […]

Memorial Day happenings on the Hill

Memorial Day weekend signals the start of Idyllwild’s busy summer season. Three jammed-packed days with events that offer great food and lots of entertainment. During the holiday weekend, the town will pause to remember the veterans who died or were wounded in military service to our country. Idyllwild’s traditional Memorial Day weekend celebration is the […]

Lola’s Kitchen: May holidays …

The month of May has three holidays. The Cinco de Mayo, Armed Forces Day and, of course, Memorial Day. Two of the holidays — first and last — involve lots of food. Memorial Day When World War II broke out, I had three uncles who immediately joined the military. One died in the war, one […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Having fun with other cooks …

Many great cooks have passed through my life, a few stand out. Sylvia Thompson, my mentor, Lynnda Hart and my close friend, Julie Kehl and, of course, my mom. Dining at Sylvia’s home was a treat. She hosted dinners in European style. Different wines with each course. Cheeses and fruit between a course. One Christmas […]

Lola’s Kitchen: St. Paddy’s food …

Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration. When my husband and I lived in the Bay Area, south of San Francisco, we would frequent an Irish pub. The name eludes me but believe it started with Mc. They served green beer with appetizers. The place would be packed. Upon moving to Idyllwild my special celebration […]

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