To Gammaw’s House We Go!

My parents purchased a beautiful home 40 miles away after living in Los Angeles County for 28 years. We are doing the walk through this morning then closing on Friday! An exciting time for our family! I’m looking so forward to all of the morning coffees at our favorite coffee houses in Farmington and all of the wonderful memories we’ll share between our two homes!



Ina Inspired

Last night’s supper consisted of bone in, skin on chicken breasts brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper then roasted on a baking sheet(one with high sides to contain the juices)for one hour at 375. This is the Ina Garten Method and per her usual, Best of Class!

For breakfast this morning I shredded the meat of one chicken breast, added two heaping tbsp of mayo, a good squirt of Dijon, a bit of shredded cheddar, salt and pepper for a nice chicken salad. To add the Ina to the sandwich I added Major Grey’s Chutney to the wheat toast before heaping on the creamy chicken. Chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds would be a good addition.


My coffee pot is dying or died and instead if ending up with a dreaded coffee-less, painful migraine like yesterday, I had to put my inner cheapskate to work and remembered the overwhelming desire I had to save a pretty glass Smuckers Jar, which in turn became my redneck French Press. This part has nothing to do with Ina except for the word French and coffee. Anyway, I didn’t have any ideas for the press part but I took the jam jar and four heaping tbsp(I like my coffee strong, very strong so adjust accordingly)of Maxwell House Dark Roast and poured in 16oz of hot water. Let stand for a few, depending how stout you like your coffee. Set a fine mesh strainer(the kind with a handle)on a small mixing bowl with a spout or large Pyrex glass measuring cup. Pour through the strainer, if you are offended my teeny tiny coffee grounds that are so tiny you can’t notice any texture then put a coffee filter in the strainer. I think they add tremendous flavor and this is truly the best coffee I’ve ever had.