Amateur Traveler / North America

Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House. James Beard was...

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Dolls and Desserts

Dolls and Desserts

Strawberries are plentiful this season, sweet and juicy. I made shortcake biscuits for traditional strawberry shortcake. Its an easy recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and is delicious. Must have whipped cream, of course! Do you remember the Strawberry Shortcake doll? Raggedy Ann is the popular rag doll from the early 1900’s. She was created with...
Bread and Records from the Past

Bread and Records from the Past

The good ole days of department store restaurants is a lost treasure. This old box from May Co reminded me of lunching in The Mission Room in the Mission Valley store. Driving through Mission Valley, you can still see where the restaurant had been with the windows facing the freeway. Their strawberry pie was famous...
Spring and Sweet Baking

Spring and Sweet Baking

My post about breads and cookies for spring is a bit late, but still worth a read.  In fact, the baked goods can be made year round! Challah bread always seemed intimidating to make when I first began baking bread. In 1986, a friend wrote this detailed recipe and reminded me it wasn’t difficult to...
Snoopy, Pillsbury and M&M's

Snoopy, Pillsbury and M&M’s

Going back to the 70’s with Snoopy and Woodstock telephone and carrot cake. I remember the discussions about the original carrot cake recipe and if you added crushed pineapple that was just not right. My hand-me-down recipe is simple with flour, sugar, eggs, oil, grated carrots and cinnamon. And the cream cheese frosting is the...
Barbie and Midge Dolls Eating During Quarantine

Barbie and Midge Dolls Eating During Quarantine

Vintage dolls Midge and Tammy wanted a vacation away from Barbie and Ken so they packed 7 layer cookies (Magic Bars) in their luggage to take as snacks. The flight to Hawaii was canceled and now they will just have to wait like the rest of us! I used to make the recipe often with...

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Mr Teddy During this time of not traveling or dining out, I’ll be making old time recipes and pairing with old time characters for a sweet adventure. Mr. Teddy likes the embroidery which says “in the cookie of life friends are the chocolate chips. So true! Little Red Riding Hood Oh Grandma, what big eyes...
River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

I saw the AMA Waterways ship moored early at the dock in Amsterdam and stepped on board.  It was just the beginning of sailing for 7 days with tulip and chocolate anticipation. Seven days ahead of river cruising and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation...
7 San Diego Hidden Gems

7 San Diego Hidden Gems

San Diego is a top tourist destination and these 7 informal and friendly activities need to be on your radar. Sure, there are many popular tourist spots but these chosen places around San Diego County may surprise you. In fact, you’ll want to return and explore more in the uncrowded and inexpensive attractions. Take in...
Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds

Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds

Please enjoy this guest post written by Noreen Kompanik and make sure to check her site http://whatsinyoursuitcase.com/ for more posts and articles. Match Made in Heaven: Italian Wines and Foodie Finds When a group of writers and photographers get together on a quarterly basis in Southern California, it’s food and wine that’s at the heart...
Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

My article was published in the Food Wine Travel Magazine winter 2020 issue.  Unfortunately,  single articles cannot be downloaded, so this is the best copy for my site.  If you’d like to move the slide to page 72 you’ll find the article. Thanks for understanding.  
Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

Chula Vista and Bonita, CA filled with hidden treasures

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista is a fun adventure for all ages and nearly all the exhibits represent local wildlife and marshland habitats.  Easy and accessible walking trails and bird watching are a few of the activities in our own backyard.  Did you know there’s about 150 turtles in the bordering bay? ...
Orange County Held My Attention With Sweets, Fish and Meat

Orange County Held My Attention With Sweets, Fish and Meat

First stop on our SoCal Orange County road trip was, what else but a bakery.  Sweet Lili’s Bakery is right off  freeway 5 in Laguna Hills and if you watch Fox 5 with Shally, Lili is her mom.  Lili has been turning out Persian desserts and flatbreads for many years. I spotted a cream filled...