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February 28, 2015 is “Open That Bottle Night”

5)Wine Glass

This Saturday, February 28, 2015 is “Open That Bottle Night.” It’s the night when you finally open that bottle you’ve been saving for a special occasion. It’s the night when people around the world find out if the bottle they’ve saved for their 25th anniversary, their kid’s college graduation, their big promotion is worth the money they paid for it or if it has turned to vinegar. OTBN was created by Wall Street ... Read More »

They Say It’s My Birthday – Los Angeles Bakeries


I’m celebrating another birthday today and while I’m happy to be here, I don’t think a celebration is necessary.* I will, however, eat cake, one of my top 2 favorite foods. So I asked my Los Angeles Facebook friends to tell me their favorite bakeries. Here’s what they recommended and a few of my own favorites. La Monarca Locations in Santa Monica, Huntington Park, East LA, Boyle Heights, Pasadena, and Hollywood ... Read More »

GRAMMY Awards Food Preview


The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held this Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and broadcast live on TV, and MomsLA got a sneak peek behind the scenes at some of the amazing food that will be served to the musicians, nominees and special guests. And here’s a spoiler: it was all amazingly delicious and we are officially envious of them already. Those lucky enough to be attending ... Read More »

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time, Los Angeles

Girl Scout troop 2305 with all the cookies

Get ready Los Angeles: the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles just received a shipment of 3 Million boxes of cookies over the weekend, and they are about to start selling. So whether you’re more partial to Tagalongs or you prefer the taste of a Trefoil, you will soon be getting your chance to buy boxes and boxes of them from Girl Scouts all over town.   As you may ... Read More »

Easy, Last-Minute Cookies for the Big Game


I’m bringing dessert to a Superbowl Party and I was going to bring lovely flourless chocolate cupcakes infused with salted caramel. Then someone pointed out that the dessert was for the kids and, “shouldn’t it be part of the theme?” So I came up with these very easy, very last minute football cookies. They’re not fancy, but I think they’ll be a hit with the kids. I started with Betty Crocker Sugar ... Read More »

Cooking with #SafeEggs and Chef Brooke Williamson


Eggs are one of my favorite foods, but I had no idea how many interesting and delicious ways one could cook an egg until I attended Celebrity Chef Brooke Williamson’s Egg Mixer last week for Safest Choice Eggs. It was held at The Gourmandise cooking school in Santa Monica Place. The kitchen was packed with food editors and bloggers and we all got to make part or all of the ... Read More »

Date Night at Next Door by Josie in Santa Monica


One of the things I look for in a date night restaurant is flexibility. We need to go when we can go because finding a babysitter isn’t easy for us. We have two wonderful babysitters – one that is so wonderful that she’s not available very much and another that is a student who can only babysit on the occasional weekend. My husband and I found ourselves having a last ... Read More »

Gluten Free Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins


I’ve been baking gluten free for quite a while now. At first, there were hardly any sites to search to find recipes so I had to come up with my own. That has changed and now you can find gluten free recipes everywhere – in cooking magazines, online, and in cookbooks. There are so many recipes to choose from, but this one for Gluten Free Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins is one of ... Read More »

Chinese Chicken Salad Wonton Cups Recipe

Chinese Chicken Salad Wontons

These Chinese Chicken Salad Wonton Cups are one of the easiest – and yet most impressive-looking – appetizers you can serve at a cocktail party. You will look like the Martha Stewart of your Book Club every time you show up with these beauties, trust me. And they really are easy. They just take a little prep time. The key is to make the wonton cups ahead of time and ... Read More »

LA Cookie Con: Sweet Fun for the Whole Family

LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Can you imagine a convention all about Desserts? Well, it’s called LA Cookie Con and it’s coming to Pasadena on January 25th. There will be sweets and treats galore – and fun for the whole family, with baking contests, baking demos, the First Annual Dessert Table Contest, plus celebrity bakers and oh, so much more. “LA’s Biggest Pastry Party” is the brainchild of Nancy Tei, a sweet-tooth from way-back, who ... Read More »