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Lola’s Kitchen: Unusual foods people eat …

I love food but there are some things I will not eat. Different cultures have unusual cuisines. One’s delicacy may be another’s untouchable. When I was a little girl, my maternal grandfather traveled to a Mexican grocery store. There he would purchase a barbecued calf head with the brain and eyes still in. The brain […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Recipe clippings …

Everyone has one drawer in the kitchen, (not the junk drawer) filled with recipe clippings. OK, maybe just women do, never having met a man who admitted to cutting recipes out of magazines. Some of my clippings are very old and splattered with who knows what. At one point, I tried organizing everything to no […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Baking at high altitude …

Recently I was hired to cook for a film crew. Never having had the experience, I said yes. The film is a dark comedy called, “Blood Punch.” There were 28 people on the crew. Filming was on location in Pine Cove and Idyllwild. The actors and several of the crew were from New Zealand. Understanding […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Tailgating — food and football …

Football season is here and so is tailgating. Anyone who knows me knows I love football. The closest NFL team is the San Diego Chargers, and they are my favorite team! Despite the distance to the stadium and parking lot, my family and friends still manage to tailgate before games. We simply fill our living […]

Lola’s Kitchen: My mother’s cooking …

Since I grew up on an apricot ranch that my parents owned in San Jose, Calif., I always had plenty of fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables available. Our milk came from a neighboring dairy, so everything was fresh. Whenever I think of my mother, I see her in the kitchen. It seemed she was always […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Disaster? Learn from it!

Hi everyone! Dinner party disaster? Yep, we have all had them. Mine happened several years ago when I invited old friends up from Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County. They own a beautiful home on a knoll with maid’s quarters, so I took care to make a special dinner to impress. Since we were […]

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