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Mole (pipian)

Thank you to the Pablove foundation


for donating food, and to all friends who helped prepare this recipe for 60 at Los Angeles’ Ronald McDonald House on Dec. 18th:

Begin by heating a few drizzles of grape-seed oil in a medium sized pot.  Add an onion, chopped, and cook it some (til it twinkles).

Toss into the pot: 3 [...]

Foods to eat on a bicycle

(Things you wrap in foil) 

Baked Yams or Sweet Potatoes -400′ oven, holes poked into them with a fork, olive oil rubbed on, wrapped in foil and placed directly on rack for an hour.  If your hotel room has a microwave, I learned, that works too.  Wrap each poked yam in a paper towel and check [...]

Nana's Spaghetti Sauce

My grandmother Loretta Herman’s spaghetti sauce:

Brown 2 lbs. of ground beef in a large, hot, pot.

Begin to slowly cook diced salt-back pork off to the side in a seperate pan.    

When the ground beef is well browned, season with salt and pepper, and add 1 chopped onion.  Cook until onion becomes shimmery, then add 2 cloves chopped or [...]

Creamed Spinach

The road to creamed spinach is full of thanks-giving: thank you, o holiday of eating, for spinach, thank you for cream, thank you for tiny diced slow sauteed onion, and thank you lastly, for cheese.  Thank you for putting it in the oven and making it all bubble. 

 I like to follow a recipe that comes [...]


A dip or spread for crackers or veggies – recipe snagged from the Los Angeles Times -

Food process 2 c. edamame (peeled defrosted), 2 c. chickpeas (drained rinsed), 1 c. cooked squeezed dry spinach, 3 T. chopped shallot, ½ lemon’s juice, 2 T. tahini, 1-2 t. kosher salt, 1 T. gr. Ginger, and with processor running, add [...]

turkey dressing and gravy

‘dressing’ or ’stuffing,’ for holidays

12-14 slices of toast, run them under the faucet or dip in a bowl of water to wet them, then leave them in a colander while you prep the rest -

8 potatoes, mashed and seasoned to taste with butter and salt, chopped celery and chopped onion

Poultry Seasoning (to taste as well).

Squeeze [...]

oven fried chicken

(from Cook’s Illustrated)

 If you use chicken with bones in, ( apparently well regarded among fried chicken connoisseurs), so we’re talking, “split bone-in chicken breasts, 10 to 12 ounces each, skin removed, and rib bones trimmed with kitchen shears” – it should amount to:

only 215 calories, 9 g. fat (4g. saturated) – compared to 552 calories [...]

ccc's soup

Live from New Orleans!

It’s about a 40 minute home made soup…

tomato shoup…

2 medium leeks, chopped (white parts only, no, i’m not being racist)
8 medium tomatoes, ripe. Beefsteak worked the best for me
(basically the biggest mfers you can find.)
cored and chopped (3 lbs or so.. post coring.. if you have
one of those apple coring thingys.. it [...]


My example of the famous bread, delivered to the masses courtesy of Mark Bittman.  

Recipe from the NYTimes:
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising
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3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.
1. In a [...]

mushroom ragu