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


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




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


Spinach and Salmon Salad

What do salmon, blueberries, avocado, walnuts, olive oil, celery and spinach have in common?  Well, one thing is an appearance on a list of the top fifteen foods for improved brain heal, and another is that they come together and make one tasty and gorgeous salad! Read More