MOMENTS: A Cheesy Little Mystery

Today is quite likely our last day with Annie, our blind foster dog. She’s starting a trial tonight in Huntington Beach! Crazy enough, her brother (Sully) is also starting a trial tonight in our neighborhood. They’re separate, but still synced. (Much as my fostering FAQ outlined, everybody wanted us to keep her. Sorry not sorry. We enjoyed her presence, though! She and Charlie had a … Continue reading MOMENTS: A Cheesy Little Mystery

Happy Birthday to Me

It’s my birthday! Which, for me, signals a time of great eatin’s (and reflection). It has been a quick year, filled with various food adventures and calamities. I found out I was (sorta) lactose intolerant, I was told to stop eating red meat (among other things) for my cholesterol, I fell out of shape, I tried to get back into shape, I cooked spaetzle, I … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me

Behold My Leftover-Packing Skills

Last night I went to Anarkali Indian Restaurant with roomie-Hayley. She’s the last of a long line of roommates, because as of today (my application was approved!) I am moving approximately 2 miles north, to Los Feliz. I’ll be within walking distance of tons of restaurants (some of which I’ve yet to try)– Little Dom’s, Home, Tropicalia, The Alcove, Fred 62, etc. Speaking of (some … Continue reading Behold My Leftover-Packing Skills


Another Monday night, another dinner of chicken-in-a-marinade. This week I went really simple and used a time-tested family favorite: Soy Vay marinade. At some point during my childhood– maybe early high school– my mom started using Soy Vay. I suspect it was because she likes punny things. I bought the original Hoisin Garlic flavor, but I think my mom uses the Veri Veri Teriyaki? They’re … Continue reading Do It Yourself: SOY VAY CHICKEN

(More) Leftovers on Parade: Turkey “Sam”-wich

I posted my family’s turkey barley soup leftovers, so it only feels fair to post a picture of the other leftovers I spoke of: Sam’s Thanksgiving sandwich. (You can see why my clever mother dubbed this the “Sam”-wich.) I’m surprised that he’s managed to make the mashed potatoes and stuffing last for so many days. I’m sort of a vacuum for leftovers. We make turkey … Continue reading (More) Leftovers on Parade: Turkey “Sam”-wich

Leftovers on Parade: Turkey Barley Soup

As mentioned earlier, here is a peek at our annual post-Thanksgiving turkey barley soup. We make it in a huge vat. I’m not sure if that’s technically a huge vat, or just a large pot. Sorry, maybe I exaggerated. This is probably the one time per year that I eat parsnips. I like parsnips! They’re like… white carrots. Maybe they ARE white carrots. (According to … Continue reading Leftovers on Parade: Turkey Barley Soup

Turkey Cakes & Other Solutions for Leftovers

Friend/reader Brie tipped me off about this year’s turkey cake… uh, is it a craze? Or is it just an idea? Are people really making cakes out of their leftovers? While foodies are making turkey into cake, cake-makers are making cakes into turkeys. I discovered these sweet– and slightly odd– renditions at Ralph’s yesterday. I’m sorry, but Thanksgiving is not a day for cake, turkey-shaped … Continue reading Turkey Cakes & Other Solutions for Leftovers

Foods in Disguise: Desserts that Look Like Other Things

Totally random, but doesn’t that piece of cake look like a clock? Very appropriate for Daylight Savings Time. It was a very swirly cake, with frosting swirls on the outside and a swirl of cake on the inside. But somehow by the middle of the cake, the swirl began to look like it was keeping time. (From Baskin Robbins… aren’t they all, around here?) (No … Continue reading Foods in Disguise: Desserts that Look Like Other Things