winston in car

Trying to sell your house after 26 years is one hell of a job. I have been trying to get rid of stuff for years. I thought I was pretty savvy when I told my kids I didn’t plan on keeping their bedrooms as a shrine, so they should take it all. Well that really worked. No one took a thing. I had various methods of getting rid of stuff. For my middle son, who lives not too far away, I would leave bags of old trophies and the like on his doorstep. Sort of a Mom version of ringing the doorbell and running away.

For the older son with the fancy taste, I let my daughter put his stuff on ebay. And the rest–well 37 trips to Goodwill later, and  intimate knowledge of the attendants family history I was done. Well sort of  . They had to beg me not to bring anymore my little ponies or he-men figures.

The next step is sprucing it up. That means fixing up dart holes and bad temper punches in the playroom sheet rock. Who was that ass kid that did that? Then peeling Grateful Dead stickers off white door. The list goes on. None of  it pleasant.

Perhaps the biggest trick of all is trying to act like you don’t have any animals in your house. I leave out the hermit crab that should have died two years ago that my daughter bought. This is the same crab I have been known to go out in my pajamas in search of  salt water .No pet is left behind in this house .  No one apparently wants the slightest hint that a dog has ever scooted across the wood floor or licked the woodwork. Let alone some of the other dastradly deeds that dogs do. Right?

So when potential buyers come its like a Chinese firedrill to throw the dog equipment (which is massive) in the garage and haul them off in the car. My daughter Mallory and I tried the dog park first  but her Basset Hound, Winston,  was scared of the other dogs and sat terrified for half an hour. We decided driving around with them was a better plan.  Charlie, the rescue dog, was the easiest. Charlie has a cool old school  vibe and was more than happy to listen to Marvin Gaye and Junior Walker and eat chicken finger at Cains. My daughters dogs, Winston and Louie, were a little more difficult. Especially since they like to cling terrified to your neck, making it virtually impossible to turn the steering wheel. Winston, who weighs about sixty pounds likes to dig his claws in your legs and beat his ten pound brother out of the choice spot on your lap. You look like you were a Pamplona survivors after this little adventure. A trip to the ER is always a possibility.

You can stand anything for half an hour, right? But then you have people that come late and linger and there you are driving in cars with dogs.








This is so easy I’m almost embarrassed to share it. But I’m a giver so I
will and you will not be disappointed. This came to me from a good friend.
Not the kind of friend that gives you their treasured recipe and eliminates a bunch
of stuff so it will never be as good as theirs. I mean, who are those people?
 Lady,if your freaking recipe for chocolate chip cookie is your claim to fame….I
feel for you. Real friends give real friends real recipes.

So here you go friend.

Add a piece of roast. Your choice.

Add a stick of butter

 Just stick it on top of the roast. Then pour on a packet of au jus gravy.

Then a package of Ranch dressing mix.

Last thing ….either five whole pepperoncini peppers or the equivilant in
sliced ones.

Then it should look like this

Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Great with mashed potatoes. Lots of
wonderful gravy. You are welcome!!!!!



Foodies have four star quality viewing this summer with two fantastic movies.
I saw Chef with no expectations and loved it. Actor John Favreau was also the
director of this winning movie which had a fraction of the budget of 100 Foot
Journey.The cast was brilliant with  stars like  Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson,
John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt and Ribert Downey Jr.

The restaurant culture was vivid and real . The plot revolves around a reviewer
who puts a culinary kiss-of-death to the once inventive Chef , who is now forced
to stick to the trite menu his boss, Dustin Hoffman, insists he dishes out.

So what does he do ? He gets a food truck and with his best sous chef and son
makes his way across the country. The food and the fun are fabulous and the
inventive use of social media is exciting to see.

Of course he ends back up with his ex wife Sofia Veregas. Hey , it’s his movie!!!
I went home and made Cuban sandwiches.

The Hundred Foot Journey (film) poster.jpg

Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Spielberg produced the most anticipated
food movie of the year. It was sweet, beautiful scenery and everyone did
what a good movie needs. The food and the market scenes were luscious.
and there were two generations falling in love mixed in this delectable
two hours between riveting shots of France that made you want to pack up
your bag and move there..

I have to tell you I am the biggest fan ever of Bollywood movies. I love them.
I can’t get enough of them and then I can’t wait for the end of the movie to see
the unbelievable dancing. it gets me every time. Monsoon wedding and Slum
Dog Millionaire brought it home.  This movie, however lacked the passion I
was looking for.

Dame Helen Mirran did a great job and the dreamy star Indian actor was a new
kind of leading man. The story was good but the movie was two hours and could
have seriously been cut by half an hour to make it perfect. But in spite of those
little flaws I loved it.

It’s amazing when you go to a movie at four thirty on Sunday afternoon and it’s packed.
Mostly with middle aged people. Let’s face it, make a decent movie and they will
come. So wake up Hollywood and remember that I have nine kick ass script like The
Estrogen Files, Where Have All the Prom Queens Gone and Fever Dancing in
War Zones just waiting to be discovered.


I grew up in mostly in England. We also lived in
 Italy and Holland but
England was where my Nana and Grandad lived. England was home. I
loved the rainy weather and the traditions like having afternoon tea. No
matter where I am I check to see if there a cup of Earl Gray and a scone with
clotted cream anywhere in sight.
Everyone thought I was bat-ass crazy when I wanted to build the above
conservatory. But I got my wish and it arrived like an erector set in big boxes
after taking with a jolly fellow named Barry who assured me that it was an easy
project, dispute the fact that his company had never sold one in America.
Several builders later it was up. Lots of plants hit an untimely death until I
agreed to have it tinted. What was I thinking ?
I love this place. I love to drink coffee there and work on my screenplays . I
love to listen to the rain and watch the snow fall. It is amazing. I also like to
dine there. So I set it up fancy and I’m giving you two easy going  dishes that are
conservatory worthy.They aren’t your usual tea and crumpet fare, but they are
easy and modern.  Let me know which ones you like.
 Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Sesame Noodles with Chicken
Courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa

I like this cold !!!!!!

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti or Chinese egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 Kirby cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 6 scallions (white and green parts), sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

Game Plan: Make the sauce while the noodles cook.
Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat. When the pasta water boils, salt it generously, add the spaghetti or noodles, and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Put the spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with the sesame oil.
To make the Peanut Sauce: In a blender drop in the garlic and ginger while the motor is running. When the chopping is complete, stop the machine and add the peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and red pepper. Process until smooth, then–with the blender running–slowly pour in the water.
To serve, toss the spaghetti with the Peanut Sauce, then top with the cucumber, chicken, scallions, and peanuts.
Cook’s Note: Toasted sesame oil delivers richness and intensity to our sesame sauce with just a drizzle. Maintain its punch by storing it in your refrigerator.

Frittata Sandwiches Mario Batali


  • ingredients
    • For the Frittata Sandwich:
    • 1/4 cup Milk
    • 6 Eggs (beaten)
    • 2 tablespoons Butter
    • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil plus more for the bread
    • 1/3 cup Spring Onion (sliced)
    • 3 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese plus a block to shave onto sandwiches (grated)
    • 1 bunch Asparagus (blanched and cut into coins)
    • 1 Baguette
    • Salt and Pepper
    • For the Asparagus Salad:
    • 1/2 cup shaved asparagus
    • 2 scallions (sliced)
    • juice of 1/2 a lemon
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons Parmesan (grated)
    • 12 pancetta slices/wheels

      For the Frittata Sandwich: Preheat oven to 325F.
    • 2
      1/4 cup Milk
      6 Eggs (beaten)
      Beat together the milk and the eggs.
    • 3
      2 tablespoons Butter
      1 tablespoon Olive Oil
      1/3 cup Spring Onion (sliced)
      1 bunch Asparagus (blanched and cut into coins)
      3 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (grated)
      Salt and Pepper
      In a large non-stick skillet, add the butter and olive oil, and sweat the spring onions and asparagus until soft. Turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the eggs and cook until set around the edges, about 4-5 minutes. This should be a thin frittata. Add the cheese, a pinch of a salt and pepper and stir in. Transfer to the oven and cook until just set, about 5 minutes.
    • 4
      1 Baguette
      Olive Oil
      Slice the baguette through the equator, and then into 6-inch-long sections. Brush the inside of the pieces with olive oil. 
    • 5
      Parmesan Cheese (grated) 
      On a grillpan preheated to medium-high, grill the brushed pieces of baguette until toasted and golden. Shave parmesan over the still warm baguette.
    • 6
      1/2 cup shaved asparagus
      2 scallions (sliced)
      juice of 1/2 a lemon
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      salt and pepper to taste
      2 tablespoons Parmesan (grated)
      12 pancetta slices/wheels
      For the Asparagus Salad: Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss to combine. 
    • 7
      Flip the finished frittata out of the pan and onto a cutting board and cut into slices. Place on top of the shaved parmesan on the baguette and sandwich. Top with some of the asparagus salad, a couple sliced of pancetta and the top of the baguette.
    • HAPPY DINING!!!!!!   



If you’re not familiar with the term Hoes Over Bros…let me spell it out
for you. It means putting your friends first. Doesn’t mean always putting
them first. We know all about priorities at our age. But our female friends
should never be put on the back burner. Believe me, you’re going to need
I just heard a story about a group of boomer women who were divorced
and widowed. They planned a great trip to Europe together and the one
by one they started dropping out. Why? Because they were afraid the men
in their lives would replace them in the ten days they were gone. If a middle
aged man would dump you for not being around while you were having a
wonderful time with your friends, well he doesn’t deserve you. I would
take another look and run like hell because you will always be looking over
your shoulder..
 Have we not progressed from junior high when as soon as
a boy came in the picture, bye-bye girlfriends. But who were the first ones
you went running to when the the love of your life dumped you. But face it
ladies…this is the story of our lives. I know because I’ve been there.
It gets worse when the biological clock starts ticking and the primitive hunt
for a husband begins. Those chicks aren’t letting go for anything.  Female
friendship is at an all time low. God Bless those friends who would still
listen to you after twenty break ups.
You would think in our later years that we would be a little smarter about
friendship. But apparently , we’re not. Not that we don’t want men in our
lives …we do. Of course we do. Men can be your best friend. Lucky are
those ladies who have a spouse and best friend all rolled into one.
But celebrate the Hoes….they are the ones who remember that you like
peonies and love a Gin and tonic on a hot day. They will tell you that
your ass looks big in that outfit. (although in a nice way).
They are the ones who will be there for you in a special way when your
daughter gets married or you find out you have a lump in your breast.
Hoes Over Bros. Oh yes.



A tv company is looking for that  guy with handyman experience. You
know the type you’re always looking for to fix things around your house and
you can’t find. Then you end up having to to  Lowe’s  and try and fix it yourself.
Well if you know a handy dandy dude tell him to apply for a new tv docu-reality series.

They’re looking for a big personality with a sensitive side. You know the kind of guy
that can fix your air conditioner and has been known to cry watching Bambi. They
also want someone open-minded and competitive.

TO SUBMIT:QuixoticCasting8@gmail.com
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last)
2.  Contact phone number
3.  City/Zip where you live
4.  A brief description of your handyman type experience
5.  Recent photos of you (jpg format please)

Good luck!!!!


These are stellar tarts. You will be so proud to know how to make
them and happy,happy,happy to eat them. This is my mom’s
recipe and it is gooooood. You make four individual tarts, but
with a little math you can make one big one. But whatever you make
there will never be enough. They are so delicious.
Start with 4 4×75  centimeters loose bottom tart tins (remember
she’s a Brit)
14 oz of chilled sweet shortcrust pastry
4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
4 oz ground almonds
few drops of almond essence
4 oz blueberries
2 tbs almonds
Line tart tins with parchment and prick pastry and let chill
for fifteen minutes
Preheat oven to 375
Bake tart tins for fifteen minutes and remove from oven.
To make filling:
beat together butter and sugar beat in eggs andn stir in the ground almonds
and essence. Divide filling between the cases sprinkle with the blueberries and
Transfer to oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden.
Cool for 20 minutes,
Get set to impress.!!!! Mum says best served with
a lovely cup of tea.


I guess cooking for five picky people doesn’t consitute being an executive
chef. But sometimes I could bark as mighty as Gordon Ramsey when I got a critical
review for a dinner.  And I know you got this too….my kids wanted to know
first thing in the morning what we were going to have for breakfast…lunch..
.and dinner. What?  Not to mention the I’m-not-very-organized-so-I-have-to go-to
-the-grocery-store-every-day routine. Exhausting.
But hey, there a new food show in town and they are looking for executive
chefs and restaurant owners.  I’m asking you…yes YOU to apply. This is for the
Food Network and its a culinary challange show. It’s called FOOD CHAIN.
So here’s the scoop.
Send info listed to :
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last)
2.  Contact phone number
3.  Occupation
4.  Bio with career highlights and resume
5.  Photo of you (jpg format please)
6.  Photos of 4 of your signature dishes (jpg format please)


When it’s too hot out to even contemplate putting on the oven or the stove
cole slaw is my go to alternative. I am lazy. I don’t want to chop my own
cabbage so I buy a bag of plain coleslaw at the veggie counter. But what goes
in it makes the magic.
I chop the following:
red peppers
green peppers
then I add a can of drained black beans
handful of goats cheese or feta cheese
Mix up olive oil and lime juice and pour it on
Add salt , pepper
Then throw in whatever protein you have…. shrimp
It’s delicious and I really could eat this almost every day. It tastes different every
single time I make it because it becomes whatever I have in the fridge.
Give it a try. You’ll be please you did!!!




We know you’re judgey…aren’t we all. A new reality show is
looking for real judges (not your mother-in-law) or BFF. You can be
retuired…but you have to have a BIG personality and have some
experience in civil / legal matters.

So gavel up if you were ever a judge, or know someone who is. please
pass this on to your lawyer friends and tell them to pass it on.

Here’s the summons:

TO SUBMIT:casting@tfcasting.com
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last)
2.  Contact phone number
3.  City/State where you live
4.  A brief bio describing your experience as a judge, your personality
     , and why you’d be great for this show
5.  Recent photo of you (jpg format please)


Spread the word!!! Approach the bench !!! That’s about all

the legal jargon that comes to mind.