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It's been an awesome foodie summer 
Aug. 13, 2011 8:07 am 
Seems like forever since I have blogged!  Guess I have been too busy eating my way through the summer.   I spent 5 weeks in southern California this summer watching my brother's beautiful home and awesome dogs while he conducted "Griselda" an opera in Santa Fe New Mexico.  I need a moment to brag on my brother Grant Gershon who conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale and is assisstant conductor of the Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo.  He is a wonderful and humble guy and a great brother as well!  His wife is also a very talented classical singer and a beautiful person.

Back to food - Los Angeles is sure a great place to sample a variety of food.  My favorite experience down there was attending the Los Angeles Street Food Festival.  What an awesome event!  There were two sessions, an early afternoon one for families and a later one for guests 18 and older.  I attended the latter event with my daughter and her new husband.  You paid $60 to get in but once in you got to eat for free off of over 60 different food booths featuring multi-cultural delectables.  There were also free cocktails, beer and and array of soft drinks, protein drinks, teas and coffees etc.  There was a section for desserts and ice creams as well.  People were also handing out take home samples of different vitamin waters, cappuccino drinks etc.  The food was amazing!  My only disappointment was the offering from the Border Grill truck.  I expected more than a tasteless quinoa fritter from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.  As a Top Chef superfan I was also really happy to get to meet Michael Voltaggio, winner of Top Chef season 5!  I left with my belly bulging!!!

I blog some more later about my other food experiences in L.A. and back here at home in the beautiful and bountiful Sierra Nevada foothills.  Happy eating!
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About Me
I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
My cooking tragedies
Any tragedies I have had have gone straight into the trash and out of my mind. No sense dwelling on negatives.
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