Monthly Archives: June 2011

Resting On Your Laurels or The Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookie

Two summers ago, the month of June was spent 16 hours a day every day with 40 people in our apartment.  There were lights, cameras, suicidal set pieces, frogs and action.  My husband directed and produced his first feature film, Disney Shot Kennedy.  I was a lead in a role he wrote for me after seeing me in a play 3 years prior, whis is also how we met.  Every actresses dream.  Many people came together to make the film happen and fill out the ensemble of smaller characters.  Among them was a dear Jade Riggin, who will be married in a few short and is my chocolate chip cookie goddess.  She might be my all baked goods goddess, brave enough to quit her job and bake.  On the few off hours that we had I baked.  I baked to relief the stress of the day, memorize my lines for the next morning and have a treat for the next day.  Some double chocolate cookies I baked made it into the movie for the Milk and Cookie Revolution scene.  But my baking took many a step up over the course of Jade’s brief visit for her shooting days. Jade informed me of such marvels as using a wooden spoon to mix, making a well of dry ingredients and pouring the wet in for better mixing, the importance of going slow, and she gave me the most amazing chocolate chip recipe. Continue reading

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Ratatouille, Like the Movies or My Beloved Cara Beth

Eight months ago tomorrow I eloped.  Immediately after that I flew to D.C. to pack up my life and move to Southern California.  I gave friends and family short notice to say goodby mostly via email.  In the end I was able to see a few people within the 24 hours I was in town, anyone who could stop by while I fought my things into 12 boxes and gave the rest away.  And then there was Cara Beth.  Upon receiving my email that I would be in town and then gone, Cara organized a going away party.  A Cara Beth (and Will, her fabulous now-hubby) party is a party done right.  You can expect everything to be themed and the decorations homey.  The food will spill over the counter tops, drinks will be plentiful chilled and simmering on the stove.  You will have a pretty name tag waiting for you. There will be flowers. And Cara Beth with greet you in staggering heels, long pearls, beautiful and fabulous and give you a wonderful welcoming hug. One day soon Martha Stewart will have to relinquish world domination to Cara.

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Most nights a week or Hail Caesar

A new organic Santa Monica restaurant has a new addition to the menu that has some people excited, a caesar salad from scratch.  Or what I like to call dinner, most nights a week.  And so should you.  I can not think of a simpler, more delicious (especially when compared to the store bought or restaurant served variety), faster dish to round out most meals. This is one of David’s specialties.  I am convinced he can do it blindfolded with an arm behind his back.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

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Banana Bread for the Tropics

We are bananas for bananas, especially when they are perfectly yellow and have a good bite and chew to them.  We will eat them when they start to speckle, but in our house by the beach fruit deterioration is swift.  So the end of every month usually finds me elbow deep in banana bread, otherwise nothing else is ever going to fit in our freezer.  David’s mom has an incredible, simple and delicious recipe that is the standard.  Today I riffed on it because I couldn’t resist the idea of soaking raisins in rum or upping the banana bread’s tropical clout with coconut.  This recipe also uses applesauce, which makes it very moist, delicious and fat-free.  You’re welcome.

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