Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Woo Hoo, Yeah, you right!  Larry and I are headed to Louisiana early tomorrow morning to enjoy a bit of Jazz Fest, meet up with old friends and relatives, listen to fantastic music and sample some fine cuisine.  THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL NEIGHBORS FOR KEEPING A WATCH OVER THE OL' HOMESTEAD!
We're recreating our 1990 trip when we met each other.  I was working as Billy Vera's board operator on his KCRW-FM radio show.  Chuck Taggart's show, "Gumbo YaYa" was right after our show.  I got bit by the Louisiana music bug listening to Chuck's show.  He suggested I go to Jazz Fest and take Nancy Covey's tour that included a weekend at Jazz  Fest in New Orleans and a music-oriented tour to Cajun Country.  Thank you, Chuck.  I met Larry through a bunch of Los Angeles folks attending the Festival.  Going to Louisiana changed my life.  
We'll be in New Orleans, staying at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter for 4 nights.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
We plan on seeing many friends and hearing a ton o' fantastic music at Jazz Fest and beyond!
Map to the Stages at the Fair Grounds for Jazz Fest
On Monday, we head to Cajun Country with the rest of our group to tour the Acadian cities of Eunice, Erath, Lafayette and beyond.  I look forward to hearing Marc and Ann Savoy's beautiful music at their Crawfish Boil and dance.  We also will be visiting Zydeco musician Geno Delafose at his home for a BBQ and dance.  Swinging over to visit the Cajun Hank Williams, D.L. Menard in Erath.  In Lafayette we'll be visiting Chef Patrick Mould's restaurant for a cooking lesson, lunch and a bit of music provided by Michael Doucet.  We head back to New Orleans for one more day and then it's back to the other LA.
Bon Ton Roulet, my friends!  I hope to post a few photos from the road.
Crawfish Boil with corn and 'taters

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mary Jo's B-Day

Mary Jo and Darcy @Littlefork

Saturday night I met up with the KnitGrrlz at Littlefork in Hollywood to celebrate Mary Jo's birthday.      I do love this restaurant.  I was there for brunch in November and really admired  the menu.  Dinner is just as yummy as brunch.  First up, most of the ladies ordered a Thai Town Mule which consists of gin, lime, Thai basil-peppercorn syrup, house ginger beer.
Brit and Natalie

Darcy's Thai Town Mule

For dinner, we ordered a few small plates to begin:  BEET chopped salad, with crispy rice, herbs, créme fraiche horseradish dressing; loaded potato GNOCCHI with bacon lardon, cheddar, creme fraiche, chives; house smoked brook TROUT, with potato salad, house-made hot sauce; and BRUSSELS SPROUTS with panzanella, red onion, bell pepper, aged balsamic.  For our main dish, Mary Jo and I split the STEAK frites, montreal steak spice butter, maple onion rings, as did Natalie and Darcy.  Brit ordered MONKFISH Française with potato puree, garlic spinach.  Everything was truly yummy.  We will definitely return to Littlefork!
Beet Chopped Salad


Steak with MAPLE Onion Rings

After dinner we moved to Natalie's house for presents and dessert.  Natalie provided a simply divine Dulce de Leche cake from La Monarca Bakery.  

Joe was working at home on Saturday

I do love celebrating our birthdays!  We have such fun!  Happy Birthday, Sweet Mary Jo!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Eve's Shower

Satavtar and Mama Eve

Saturday was a SUPER BUSY day for me.  I had a Knitting/Crochet Guild meeting in the morning, a baby shower and then a birthday dinner.  The baby shower was for Eve (and Ashley) who are expecting twins!  Michele and Satavtar hosted a lovely backyard shower at Satavter's home in Culver City.  I knew most of the ladies present from various knit groups that I've attended.
We played a few party games, had some snacks, opened presents, knitted and crocheted and generally had a grand time.

I do love ALL of the prezzies that the twins received.  We have lots of creative people in this group!  Congratulations Eve and Ashley on the impending arrival of the "Minions!"

To see more pictures of the creative baby gifts, click on my FB album link.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday - Easter

Joan, Patti, Laurie, Ellen and Jan

It's time for the Easter Parade!  Here I am with my girlfriends for a Ladies brunch close to Easter time, 1993.  I think we all look so festive and colorful!  I'm happy to say that I'm still friends with all these ladies, even though Patti moved back to New Orleans and Jan lives in Austin now.  Facebook is a wonderful thing and keeps us all connected.  Happy Easter, Girlfriends!
One special thing to do in L.A. on Easter Sunday, is to attend the service at the Hollywood Bowl.  I was surprised to find out that this is not a SUNRISE service any longer.  It starts at 11 a.m. and it's free.
April 7, 1947.  More than 25,000 worshipers gathered in Hollywood Bowl @ 5:30 a.m. for the Easter Sunrise service.  Trumpeters heralded the dawn.  Photo by Paul Calvert, L.A. Times

Even if you're not religious, this is always quite a spectacle with excellent music.  Easter Sunday is the busiest day for most of the churches in the L.A. area, but I always enjoy driving by the congregations in my area and seeing everyone's beautiful Easter outfits and HATS
I hope you have a joyous celebration.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Prep - Deviled Eggs

OK, for us, Passover is over even though the official end is this coming Monday.  I'm done with the brisket, gefilte fish, kugel and matzah!  Time to move on to the Easter menu.  Being a multi-religious family, we celebrate everything.  
We are lucky to be included in the annual Orphans' Easter Party at Carol's and Thane's home.  This is a springtime extravaganza with bountiful amounts of yummy food and wonderful conversation in their backyard.  I usually bring the Deviled Eggs.  I've been collecting egg dishes for years.  I have three, perfect for the display of this newly popular dish. Have you noticed how the trendiest restaurants are serving Deviled Eggs again?  I've added a few ingredients to Mom's basic Deviled Egg recipe.  Try it, you'll like it!

Roz's and Ellen's Curried Deviled Eggs

6 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Philippe's Hot Mustard
1 Tablespoon Sweet Pickle Relish
1/2 teaspoon Curry Powder (or a bit more, to taste)
Dash Pepper
12 Sun-Dried Tomato Bits (optional)
Paprika (optional)

After the hard-boiled eggs are peeled and cooled, slice them in half, length-wise. Pop out the yolks into a mixing bowl. Set the whites aside, being careful not to tear them.
Mash up the egg yolks. Add mayo, mustard, pickle relish, curry powder and pepper. Mix well. With a small teaspoon, fill the cavity of each halved egg white with the yolk mixture.


Sometimes, I add a bit of sun-dried tomato or lox to the top of each egg for garnish. You could add a bit of caviar or an anchovy too, depending on your taste. Often, I just dust the yolks with a sprinkle of paprika.

My next huge decision is which divine Easter bonnet to wear for the big day?
1965.  Easter Bonnet Prep.  LAPL Photo Archives

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarny Holidays

Knitted Sederplate

Well, I missed my chance to knit Leslie Tikkun's Pesach Seder-plate once again this year.  Really, I must make two sets for next year's Seder.  It certainly would save a lot of hard-boiled eggs!
There's still time to knit and/or crochet a few adorable items for Easter!  Here are some of my faves:

Easter Potholder by DROPS Design

Last Minute Easter Basket

Little Chick Beanbags

Easter Bunny Headband

Crocheted Easter Bunny

Easter Peeps

Easter Egg Bunnies

There are many more cute patterns on Ravelry, lots of them free.  Go for it!  You have 3-1/2 more days until Easter!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passover Seder - 2014

Jackie, Megan, Amelie, Mira, Jake, John (in the kitchen)

We had an excellent family gathering for our Passover family Seder.  Our family is shrinking.  Instead of our usual 25 participants, we only had 15 people this year at Carolyn's and John's home.  Kids are away at college, cousins had to work, some have left us for that great Seder in the sky.
Carolyn pours wine for Elijah
Carolyn, Marilyn and I cook most of the meal, along with a little help from Roz and Mae.  Everyone helps in the preparation of the Seder tables.
After reading and singing from my abbreviated and transliterated version of the Haggadah, we commence the feast!

Gefilte Fish

Matzoh Ball Soup
Kugel, Chicken Marbella, Fruit Compote, Spinach Souffle, Carrots w/Dill
Before dessert is served and before the kids start searching for the Affikomen, we read a few more pages, sing a few more songs, say some prayers and drink our last cup of wine!
Amelie found the Affikomen this year!

She was delighted with the prize!  Thank you, Auntie Marilyn!

"Once again, we have completed the telling of our ancient story.  Why do we tell this story, again and again, for hundreds of generations?  Because it is the foundation of our hope, and the basis of all Jewish dreams. This freedom that we cherish does not mean only freedom from slavery, but freedom from want and fear, from prejudice and bigotry for all men."
For more pictures of our family Pesach Seder, click on this link.

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