This curried chicken recipe came from The Egg & The Eye, a combination restaurant/art gallery that used to be across the street from the L.A. County Museum. It closed many years ago, but I was lucky enough to get this recipe from one of the waiters. Enjoy! Ingredients: 4-5 chicken breasts, halved 1/2 cup chopped […]
Wanderlust grabbed me at an early age and has never let go. I’ve lived in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, London, and now Newport Beach. Besides the geographical changes, there were career changes - - theater producer, psychotherapist, writer. A constant throughout all this has been my abiding love of travel and good food. Before I go anywhere, even if it is a place I have been to many times, I research what is new on the restaurant scene at my destination. I make sure to have reservations for lunch and dinner in different restaurants each day I am away.
Because my culinary passions run the gamut from agnolotti with truffles to food truck tacos, I was instantly attracted to The City Farm’s philosophy of balancing the comfort of country living to the hustle and bustle of the city. Cities, with their access to great theater, symphony, and museums, are energizing and exciting. But tending your own vegetable garden offers joy and satisfaction too. Both of these lifestyles have value. Seeing a Tony-award-winning performance on Broadway can be electrifying…but witnessing the beauty of a midnight meteor shower in the country can be just as thrilling.
I enjoy the rituals of cooking and baking…browsing through my cookbooks and recipe files, choosing a recipe, and measuring out all the ingredients. And all the while, I am anticipating how much fun it will be to share what I am preparing with my family and friends. Both my grandmothers were good cooks. Their recipes, which were written on small scraps of paper and beginning to fade and fray with use, were in danger of being lost. So I wrote a cookbook as a gift for my children. I wanted them to have the legacy of my grandmothers’ and my mother’s recipes, which figured so much in our family gatherings.
Besides cooking, another passion of mine has been flying. Like the heroine of my novel, "Come Fly With Me", I got my pilot’s license in Aspen, Colorado. As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely nothing as exciting as piloting an airplane.
The contents of my weekly blog will vary. It may be about a restaurant I have especially enjoyed, or a particular dish in a restaurant that I cannot forget. My travel tips and experiences will be highlighted. I will also be sharing my personal recipes from time to time – those that have been handed down or created over the years and shaped by my experiences in both the city and on the farm.
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Entries by Judy
One of my favorite holiday activities is hosting a cookie exchange. In case you haven’t participated in one, and would like to host one, here is how it works. 1. Invite 10-12 friends over who like to bake. 2. Each guest will bake a dozen of one type of cookie for every attendee, plus an extra […]
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, perfect for Fall! Ingredients: 2-1/2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. allspice 1-1/2 cups applesauce 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup shortening 2 eggs 3/4 cup chopped walnuts Butter Frosting: […]
This Couscous Salad is truly an all-time favorite from my recipe book. It can be made well in advance – perfect for an end of Summer or Labor Day BBQ! Enjoy. Ingredients: 2/3 cup dried currants 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1/8 tsp. powdered saffron 1-1/2 cups chicken stock 1-1/2 cups couscous 1-1/2 cups diced celery 1/3 […]
This is my favorite Limoncello recipe. It’s perfect for summer entertaining. Enjoy! Ingredients: 8 lemons 1 (750 liter) bottle of unflavored vodka 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar Directions: Peel 8 lemons. Use yellow rind only, as the white part will make it bitter. Put lemon peels in a glass bowl. Pour vodka […]
With Summer just around the corner, this is a delicious & simple recipe to make for family and friends! Ingredients: 2 lbs. summer squash 3 eggs, beaten melted butter 1 cup matzo meal 1/2 cup grated onion Directions: Cook the squash. Drain and mash well. Add eggs, a little melted butter, matzo meal and grated […]
I have been making this Avocado Soup recipe for years! It’s very rich, so small servings are ideal. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 13-3/4-oz. can chicken broth 2 medium avocados, seeded, peeled, and cut into chunks 2 Tbsp. dry sherry 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/8 tsp. dried dill weed 3/4 cup light cream Directions: […]
This easy & delicious Carrot Cake recipe is perfect for Easter. I like to bake some of this batter in mini muffin pans. Each muffin is about two bites! Ingredients: 2 cups flour (sift first, then measure) 2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves 3 eggs […]
These cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day! You need two heart shaped cookie cutters to make this. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 lb. salted butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1-1/2 cups flour 1 Tbsp. cream powdered sugar raspberry jam Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter and sugar well. Stir in flour. Stir in cream — you […]
Whether you are feeling under the weather or just want to warm up, this easy & delicious recipe is great for the whole family. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 chicken, cut in pieces 1 onion, cut into quarters 3 carrots, cut into two-inch lengths 3 celery stalks, cut into two-inch lengths 1 small parsnip Generous amount of […]
I love making this easy recipe around the holidays. It’s a great appetizer, and my friends and family love it. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 cup City Farm Lemon Fig Jam 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme 1 piece Brie cheese (about 1/2 lb.) Thin baguette slices or water crackers Directions: Place Brie into microwavable dish and heat 15-20 seconds, or until […]
Every holiday, my friends request this recipe! Be sure to check out my cookbook, All Time Favorite Recipes, for more recipes from family and friends. Enjoy! Ingredients: 4 pounds red-skinned yams 1/2 cup whipping cream 6 Tbsp. butter 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 3 Tbsp. bourbon 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground allspice 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg […]
I love making this easy Pumpkin Nut Cake recipe around the holidays. My friends and family love it! Let me know if you try it. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 pound can of pumpkin 3/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup water 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour 2-1/4 cup sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1-1/4 tsp. salt […]
I have made this Sweet Potato Casserole many times at Thanksgiving. Everyone loves this recipe. Be sure to check out my cookbook, All Time Favorite Recipes, for more recipes from family and friends. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1-1/2 lb. sweet potatoes 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 3 Tbsp. butter, cubed 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 […]
Many times over the years, I’ve asked family members and friends, “Can I get that recipe?” Thanks to their generosity, my collection of recipes is enormous. Some of the recipes have been handed down from great-grandmothers while others are most likely from cookbooks long forgotten. In any event, these are the dishes I was […]
I’ve had crab cakes in many restaurants, but I think these are the best. I have found that this particular combination of ingredients makes the best crab cakes. Adjust the amount of herbs and seasonings to your own taste. Enjoy! Ingredients: Fresh crab meat Celery Chives Old Bay seasoning Fresh marjoram Lemon juice Salt & […]
When I need something in a hurry for breakfast or lunch, Avocado Toast is my go-to meal. It’s quick, delicious and satisfying, and according to avocadocalifornia.com, “There’s more to avocados than great taste. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by […]
My mantra when having family and friends over has always been “Prepare it in advance.” I especially like appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that can be made ahead of time. This allows me ample time to focus on the main course when my guests arrive. Below are two of my favorite Summer menu ideas. The Salmon […]