Entries by Judy

Curried Chicken Salad

This curried chicken recipe came from The Egg & The Eye, a combination restaurant/art gallery that used to be across the street from the L.A. County Museum. It closed many years ago, but I was lucky enough to get this recipe from one of the waiters. Enjoy! Ingredients:  4-5 chicken breasts, halved 1/2 cup chopped […]

Holiday Fun – Host A Cookie Exchange

One of my favorite holiday activities is hosting a cookie exchange.  In case you haven’t participated in one, and would like to host one, here is how it works. 1. Invite 10-12 friends over who like to bake. 2. Each guest will bake a dozen of one type of cookie for every attendee, plus an extra […]

Applesauce Spice Cake

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, perfect for Fall! Ingredients: 2-1/2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. allspice 1-1/2 cups applesauce 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup shortening 2 eggs 3/4 cup chopped walnuts Butter Frosting: […]

Couscous Salad – The Best Ever!

This Couscous Salad is truly an all-time favorite from my recipe book. It can be made well in advance – perfect for an end of Summer or Labor Day BBQ! Enjoy. Ingredients: 2/3 cup dried currants 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1/8 tsp. powdered saffron 1-1/2 cups chicken stock 1-1/2 cups couscous 1-1/2 cups diced celery 1/3 […]


This is my favorite Limoncello recipe. It’s perfect for summer entertaining. Enjoy! Ingredients: 8 lemons 1 (750 liter) bottle of unflavored vodka 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar Directions: Peel 8 lemons. Use yellow rind only, as the white part will make it bitter. Put lemon peels in a glass bowl. Pour vodka […]

Baked Summer Squash

With Summer just around the corner, this is a delicious & simple recipe to make for family and friends! Ingredients: 2 lbs. summer squash 3 eggs, beaten melted butter 1 cup matzo meal 1/2 cup grated onion Directions: Cook the squash. Drain and mash well. Add eggs, a little melted butter, matzo meal and grated […]

Avocado Soup

I have been making this Avocado Soup recipe for years! It’s very rich, so small servings are ideal. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 13-3/4-oz. can chicken broth 2 medium avocados, seeded, peeled, and cut into chunks 2 Tbsp. dry sherry 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/8 tsp. dried dill weed 3/4 cup light cream Directions: […]

Super Carrot Cake

This easy & delicious Carrot Cake recipe is perfect for Easter. I like to bake some of this batter in mini muffin pans. Each muffin is about two bites! Ingredients: 2 cups flour (sift first, then measure) 2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. cloves 3 eggs […]

Granny’s Double Cookies

These cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day!  You need two heart shaped cookie cutters to make this. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 lb. salted butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1-1/2 cups flour 1 Tbsp. cream powdered sugar raspberry jam Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter and sugar well. Stir in flour. Stir in cream — you […]

Chicken Soup

Whether you are feeling under the weather or just want to warm up, this easy & delicious recipe is great for the whole family. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 chicken, cut in pieces 1 onion, cut into quarters 3 carrots, cut into two-inch lengths 3 celery stalks, cut into two-inch lengths 1 small parsnip Generous amount of […]

Brie with Lemon Fig Jam

I love making this easy recipe around the holidays. It’s a great appetizer, and my friends and family love it. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 cup City Farm Lemon Fig Jam 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme 1 piece Brie cheese (about 1/2 lb.) Thin baguette slices or water crackers Directions: Place Brie into microwavable dish and heat 15-20 seconds, or until […]

Bourbon-Walnut Yams

Every holiday, my friends request this recipe! Be sure to check out my cookbook, All Time Favorite Recipes, for more recipes from family and friends. Enjoy! Ingredients: 4 pounds red-skinned yams 1/2 cup whipping cream 6 Tbsp. butter 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 3 Tbsp. bourbon 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground allspice 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg […]

Pumpkin Nut Cake

I love making this easy Pumpkin Nut Cake recipe around the holidays. My friends and family love it! Let me know if you try it. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 pound can of pumpkin 3/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup water 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour 2-1/4 cup sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1-1/4 tsp. salt […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

I have made this Sweet Potato Casserole many times at Thanksgiving. Everyone loves this recipe. Be sure to check out my cookbook, All Time Favorite Recipes, for more recipes from family and friends. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1-1/2 lb. sweet potatoes 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 3 Tbsp. butter, cubed 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 […]

All Time Favorites: Recipes from Family and Friends

  Many times over the years, I’ve asked family members and friends, “Can I get that recipe?” Thanks to their generosity, my collection of recipes is enormous. Some of the recipes have been handed down from great-grandmothers while others are most likely from cookbooks long forgotten. In any event, these are the dishes I was […]

Crab Cakes

I’ve had crab cakes in many restaurants, but I think these are the best. I have found that this particular combination of ingredients makes the best crab cakes. Adjust the amount of herbs and seasonings to your own taste. Enjoy! Ingredients: Fresh crab meat Celery Chives Old Bay seasoning Fresh marjoram Lemon juice Salt & […]

When You’re Too Busy To Make Breakfast

When I need something in a hurry for breakfast or lunch, Avocado Toast is my go-to meal.  It’s quick, delicious and satisfying, and according to avocadocalifornia.com, “There’s more to avocados than great taste. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by […]

Salmon Mousse & Hot Spinach Dip

My mantra when having family and friends over has always been “Prepare it in advance.” I especially like appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that can be made ahead of time. This allows me ample time to focus on the main course when my guests arrive. Below are two of my favorite Summer menu ideas. The Salmon […]