Julie’s Granola

Soon it will be Thanksgiving and that means the long anticipated return of special college students…  But until then, memories will have to do and here is a very sweet– quite literally– memory to savor.  Sunday brunch in Los Angeles,  at a cafe on Melrose Blvd., and seated outside despite the roasting weather, because the people watching was as enjoyable as the food.  One very delicious entree was fruit, granola and yogurt, which is a humble enough dish, but in this case, the yogurt was rich and creamy with a taste of honey, the berries were local and organic and the granola was like candy.  Read More

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Black bean and sausage soup

This black bean soup recipe is pretty basic, a humble and plain offering, but it is also very worthwhile.  It is nutritious, inexpensive, and forgiving, and comes together easily for a crowd pleasing lunch or simple supper.  Using soaked, dried beans makes it even better, but canned beans are just fine. Read More


Caramel apple cheesecake bars

Apples, apples everywhere, over here and over there… and especially yummy when in this dessert, which combines caramel apples and cheesecake with a shortbread crust and oatmeal streusel topping.  They are sweet and sticky and would be a delicious ending to a hearty Sunday supper, or a welcome discovery in a lunch box on Monday morning. Read More


A coffee break with cafe au lait bites

 

“O Coffee! Thou dost dispel all cares,
thou art the object of desire to the scholar.
This is the beverage of the friends of God…”

–“In Praise of Coffee”   Arabic poem 1511 AD Read More


Roast beef, Swiss cheese, arugula and onion jam sandwiches

Today is National sandwich day!  That’s right, November 3 is the day to enjoy your favorite sandwich,  discover a new one or whip of a batch of both.  Here is a very fine offering for your consideration:  Roast beef, Swiss cheese, arugula and onion jam sandwiches.  Read More


Caramelized onion jam

This is amazingly good.  Delicious as an accompaniment on a cheese board, excellent on sandwiches and a great go-with for roast meats or fish.  Stir it into a humdrum vegetable dip to elevate that dip to heavenly.. Read More