A History of (and Recipe for) Turkey

Nobody really knows what the exact menu was at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. According to letters and journals of those who attended the feast, they ate “beef and fowl,” and they did have a turkey hunt the day before, according to a letter from dinner attendee and pilgrim Edward Winslow. But whatever […]

Tiptoe into Fall

From CVHS counselor Jennifer Widaman
Every October I find myself in the same seasonal predicament: Cling to summer? Or tiptoe into fall? Our temperamental SoCal weather loves to tease that fall is here then plunge right back into 90 degree weather, making my predicament even more confusing.  I mean, I love summer! Who doesn’t? Warm evenings […]

Recipe: Tuna Salad – Mother’s Day Salad Trio

This is part three of the salad trio, and Mother’s Day is really close by. My mom used to take me to lunch when I was young, She made me feel special because we would order this delicious triple salad every time. This will always remind me of her.
Anna Loutsos
Tuna Salad –
Mother’s Day Salad Trio
¾ […]

My Kind of Chicken Salad

Last week I gave you the first recipe of a three-part series, Egg Salad; today’s recipe is Chicken salad, my kind of salad , with sweet, crunchy and savory all put together and the best part it’s delicious and a cinch to make.
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup red or green seedless grapes, halved
1 […]

Recipe – Not Just Your Regular Egg Salad

Now that Easter has come and gone, what can we do, just what can we do, with all those hard boiled eggs? I say let’s make a lot of delicious egg salad!
Anna Loutsos
2½ dozen hard boiled eggs, cleaned, roughly chopped and chilled
2 shallots finely chopped
6 celery stalks finely chopped
1½ cups sliced black olives
¼ c. […]


This week’s recipe is provided by Judy Reilly of Mi Casa Cooking Workshops.
Fettuccini and Lemon-Parmesan Sauce
1 half lb. fettuccine
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 zucchini, sliced on the bias
1 package of frozen tiny green beans, thawed
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese plus extra […]

Recipe: Apple-Blueberry Turnovers

With winter fruits at there peak, take advantage of the freshness, apples and blueberries, pears , there all so delicious, people automatically walk to your kitchen wanting to eat. Anna Loutsos
4 Golden Delicious Apples –peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbls. butter
1 cup brown sugar or Splenda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbls. cornstarch
1 tbls. water
1 (17.25 ounce) package of […]

RECIPE: Eggplant Parmesan

Here’s a delicious recipe for Eggplant Parmesan, and if
you can’t bare eggplant try any type of squash or zucchini.
Anna Loutsos
1 large eggplant (or squash)
2 pounds, sliced ½” thick crosswise
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup homemade or best quality store-bought marinara sauce
½ cup grated mozzarella
½ […]

RECIPE: Fresh Tomato Sauce with Sun dried Tomatoes

6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil roughly chopped
1-28oz can diced tomatoes*
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
Salt, pepper, parmesan and romano cheese to taste
Heat olive oil and sauté garlic and crushed red pepper for about 3-4 minutes.
Add […]

Greek Christmas Cookies

Greek Christmas Cookies

When Christmas came around I knew exactly what my mom was going to bake. She made Greek Christmas cookies, or as I knew them, melo-ma-karona, our house felt special. With a little bit of effort, this recipe is delicious.
Anna Loutsos

2cups vegetable oil
1cup sugar
1cup orange juice
1tbls. Orange rind shavings
¼ cup brand7 ½-8cups flour
2tsp.baking powder 1tsp. baking […]

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