I sometimes need my memory to be jogged. For 10 years I was the Pastry Chef for the Walt Disney Company Theme Park Division. Until someone asks about one of the desserts I forget what I used to make. 25 years ago this week we were notified we would be closing the bakery. Only 3 years prior, I was the first Disney Chef to be awarded a culinary medal, so I was a little surprised that they would be now buying frozen product to serve.
Recently someone asked if anyone had the recipe for the Macadamia Pie. I got into my files of the huge recipe that made 70 pies and cut it down. Then I tested the recipe, now we have it for you. Many of my Disney Recipes I would have to cut into amounts for the public as they would be requested from guests to the LA Times Food Section. This recipe never had been requested so I had to test it myself this weeked.
The Tahitian Terrace was a Polynesian themed restaurant at Disneyland Park in California. It was placed next to the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction in Adventureland. Popular dishes to enjoy during the themed native dancing show were skewered chicken, tropical fruit salads and other island dishes. It was in operation from 1962 to 1993 when it was replaced by Aladdin’s Oasis Dinner Show which only lasted 2 years.
This Macadamia Pie dessert was on the menu from the late 1980’s to the closing of the venue. It was served with vanilla ice cream for $2.
Friday my segment on Pecan Cheesecake Pancakes was broadcasted nationwide. Incase you didn’t see it I have attached it and also the recipe for you to make some great pancakes for these upcoming cold mornings! Holiday cookies are coming soon! I will be on Home and Family ~ Hallmark December 4th. Set your recorders!
Holiday Season! Wednesday December 5th from 5-7pm Tommy Bahama Home Store at Fashion Island. Book Signing and event. Come past for some cheer and get a book signed. If you have any other of my books bring them for personalization. See flyer for more information and RSVP. Books will be available for purchase also.
The Official Candy of Ohio… Buckeyes!
I just finished up classes in Atlanta and tomorrow I head to Florida for 16 locations! Make sure you get my emails for the schools and locations.. All at Publix Apron Cooking schools. I will be doing Cheesecake Classes and Book Signings!
Here is a recipe for Buckeyes. Make them and enjoy!
In 1981 while working for Marriott Hotels I competed in a pastry competition. I took first place with my Blueberry Muffins. It was also the very first thing I showed on morning TV. in 1993 in Live in LA. I still have not found a better blueberry muffin.
To make cookies and muffins uniform you need to use a "disher". They look like an ice cream scoop with a spring loaded handle, but it is for food. They are numbered from 100 to 8. 100 being the smallest. The numbers mean how many scoops you get out of a quart of mashed potatoes. Here is the one I recommend. With so many on the market, you need a disher that is made for heavy use.
Enjoy and have a great weekend.
We all have had "Nilla® Wafers. But I am sure you have never had these remarkable almond ones. Here is an easy recipe.. The hardest part is using a pastry bag with a round tip.
Almond flour can be found most of the time at Trader Joes, Major markets in the baking section. I hope you enjoy these.
A very moist two-bite tart lemon tea cake!
To make these fantastic bites just like a pastry chef you need to invest in Silicone pan/molds. They are easy to use and store even easier then a metal pan. They also have many uses such as baking, freezing, creating butter molds, ice cubes and an array of baked goods. When baking I suggest that you use a spray with flour (Such as BakersJoy or Pam with flour. Place on a baking sheet to bake on, not directly on the oven rack. Spray the molds and after the baking wait 10 minutes and then pop out onto a bakers rack. Hand wash the silicones.
Have a great Labor Day!
It is that time of year.. Summer is coming to an end when Labor Day hits.. Our last 3 day weekend of the summer months. (Can you believe we haven't had a 3 day weekend since Memorial Day?) 4th of July was in the middle of the week.. So it does not count.
Great Chips with Less Fat
Easy recipe to make flavorful chips and guacamole. The key is the spices.. Make sure you take a look at The Spice House website. If you are in the Chicago/WI areas stop past their shops!
Amazing Light Lemon Cookies!
Summer is time for a light cookie. I like to make a double batch (if you have a 5qt mixer it will fit fine) and bake half now and the rest when you need some fresh cookies. Make sure your freezer does not have fish frozen as these cookies will absorb the favors. Lemon Fish Cookies are not that great.
Recipe: Lemon Sand Dollar Cookies
This past May (Like the last 25+) I conducted my South of France Tour; Walking in Julia's Steps. I have had many repeats and many that have never even toured Europe. One year, all of the people on the tour made life-changing decisions in their lives after. (New Careers, Moved to new cities, booked more European travel etc.). I had a remarkable quad of ladies that have been friends for years. After they returned from a week of food, fun and touring they decided to make one of the menus. I just was sent the pictures and I thought it would be a nice blog.
It is fair season! Watch Monday 8am. San Diego CBS8!
We have an array of recipes from Fair Foods Cookbook! They these out and enjoy! Watch live to see George make all of these great iconic fair foods! Here are the recipes for you to try at home.
We also have a few France 2019 spots open. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information
European cookies to enjoy!
It has been a few months of packed work and travel. I post on the Facebook Page and neglect here it seems. Since last post we finished two remarkable weeks in the South of France and we are almost sold out for 2019! Email me at email@example.com for information if you are interested. I was then off to Chicago to volunteer for the annual Wright Walk in Oak Park, IL. I work at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio that weekend for their annual home tour. Hundreds come into the area from around the globe. Lastly, I just returned from the BEA (BookExpo America) in Manhattan. Met with so many publishers and editors and also the houses I am published with. Thousands upon thousands of people. A sight! Enjoy these cookies, they turn out beautiful!
Here is the Recipe: Hungarian Fruit Filled Cream Cookies
Filled and ready to be baked.
Ready for a strong espresso!
I hope you enjoy. If you do not receive my newsletter you will want to get it next week. All about picnics and 4th of July recipes. If you are interested in France email me!
South of France
In less then 2 weeks I will be joining my team and also the first week of students in the South of France. It is my 30th Season! I was trying to see how many of these corn Timbales would make with my new ramekins that I just got. This year we have two weeks of exciting tours.
These are little lemon crême desserts for one of the classes. I will probably use local little fraise's (berries) that are so sweet we will not need any sugar.
We also go to a cooking school in the fishing village of Antibes and learn about using local flowers in cooking.
If you are interested in 2019 here are the links for the tour. We are half sold out as of tonight..
if you have any questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh and do you want the recipes for the above dishes? You will have to come on the tour!
I will be sending pictures and notes out from our villa for you all to feel you are on tour with us.
Light shortbread with hints of 3 citrus's (Orange, Lime and Lemon). I like to round the cookie out with sandwiching two cookies with cream filling or dipping them in a dark melted chocolate
Here is the recipe for these simple yet perfect cookie. Recipe
It's National Peanut Day! On the morning show I love doing WTF Day.. (What The Food Day). Everyday is a day of some kind of food. Here are my favorite peanut butter cookies. I love to dip them in Belgium Chocolate and some sprinkling of roasted peanuts too.
I grew up in Torrance, CA. For years we were home to the world's largest mall. Del Amo Fashion Square. Then a mall in Canada and the Mall of America in Minnesota beat us out. Well, I loved this stand called Bob's Ice Cream Bars. The sales ladies wore old time dresses with aprons and funny hats. You could get an ice cream bar that was chocolate or vanilla and they would dip it in a chocolate coating, then you could choose the nuts or jimmies. I always took the roasted peanuts. While I was dipping my cookies, I thought of Bob's Ice Cream Bars.
I wanted you to learn about two things with my recipe this week. The use of Lavender and rolling pins from Turkey. This past weekend I was invited to a TV viewing party in West Hollywood. I could not go empty handed, I took a box of homemade cookies. When you never know what to take try something small and cute.. A box of cookies.
Here is the recipe for the Shortbreads.
Lavender Sugar: I make my own really. But in Southern California we have Keys Creek Lavender Farm. They sell at some of the farmers markets around San Diego and Temecula. Plus online. Here is their Website: Keys Creek Lavender
Rolling Pins: You all MUST take a look at these phenomenal. Do not let the shipping from Turkey worry you. I purchase many and they get here ok. And you use your PayPal account. They will make your cookies a work of art! Rolling Woods