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Category: Lola’s Kitchen

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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