Dicken’s Christmas – Roast Goose with Chestnut Stuffing

Dickens’ Christmas Dinner Menu Christmas Salad Roast Goose with Sour Cherry Sauce Chestnut Stuffing Wild Rice Haricots Verts Christmas Pudding I lucked out this year and got a free range goose! I was so happy when I found it that I was jumping up and down. It was going to be a Dickens’ Christmas after all! There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness1, were the themes of universal admiration…. In half a minute Mrs Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. `A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us.’ Which all the family re-echoed. `God bless us every one.’ said … Continue reading

New School Hamburger Gravy

When I was in grammar school at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood, California, about once every two weeks we had Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes.  I really loved that dish, it was my favorite.  All the other stuff was pretty bland, and actually kind of nasty, especially the paper thin cheeseburgers.  For years and years, I have been trying to replicate the special taste of that gravy, and have been pretty much successful. Years ago, when I first met Chef John Farion, he treated some friends and I to dinner at another chef’s restaurant on Melrose .  I ordered the filet mignon with blue cheese sauce.  It was truly fantastic, and I have been pairing blue cheese with beef ever since.  I guess I’m not the only one, even Carl’s Jr. now has a steakhouse burger featuring blue cheese. I get my blue cheese at the Armenian stores, for … Continue reading

Hot Tin Roof Salad – Composed Grilled Steak Salad

Hot Tin Roof Salad - Composed Grilled Steak Salad

This is a great salad to make on a hot summer day. You don’t even have to get your kitchen hot – just grill the steak and vegetables on the grill. Enjoy the salad with a nice glass of red wine. Continue reading

Blue Cheese Burgers

When I was a little girl, my mother would make blue cheese dressing, and she would give me a little piece of cheese. It was never enough. When I grew up, and I looked at the price of blue cheese, I could see why. Then, I moved to Glendale, where blue cheese is sold off the wheel, and is a lot less expensive. Finally, I can have as much blue cheese as I want! When I first met my friend Chef John Farion, he took his ex-wife, his sister Katherine, and me to a nice restaurant on Melrose. His friend was chef there, and I had a lovely steak with blue cheese sauce. It was heavenly, and I have adapted it to my own kitchen. I’ll be posting it next time I make it. So, last night, I really wanted to come up with that same taste when I was … Continue reading