Hip Hop or Hip Op….

To look at me you would assume I am someone’s Mom. Aside from the 3 tattoos and odd name I blend into the crowd of over 30’s. What you don’t know is I lived on “The Grid” (midtown and downtown) for many, many years – before it had a cool name and spent a lot…

Lets Travel Back In Time…

Lets travel back in time and learn a little something from the bakers that have come before us. They may have worked with less kitchen gadgets, tools and far less exotic ingredients but they pulled out some amazing bakes. Case in point: Tunnel of Fudge Cake, winner of the 1966 Pillsbury Bake Off. The inventor…

Beef Bourguignon (Mimis Cafe Recipe Contest)

Rarely do I participate in a recipe contests. It depends on the company it’s put on by and what are the prizes. I am a huge fan of Mimi’s Cafe and I always ready their emails. I came across their contest looking for an American/French comfort food recipe and will be judge by none other…

Asian Spiced Salmon with Bok Choy and Water Chestnuts

Normally I don’t tout my own cooking – in fact I am my hardest critic. But this recipe rocks! It’s also super quick: little prep and easy clean up. Even if you are a beginner in the kitchen you can’t mess this up. 1/3 cup(s) soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp sesame…

Breakfast Cookies. No milk, no bowl, no spoon – no worries.

While eating cookies, I was trying to come up with a quick alternative to a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Something quick, portable and semi-healthy. So the breakfast cookie try-outs began in my kitchen. Here is the version that won. 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored is great) 1 cup packed light…

(Not my) Mom’s Cream Cheese Pie.

I’ll admit it – I’m not a huge fan of cooking shows. Primarily, because I haven’t had cable in about 4 1/2 years, amazingly enough I don’t feel like I am missing anything. Some I like – anything Giada De Laurentiis is good. It’s the cooks that take a teeny tiny bite and then fake…

New from Duncan Hines “Perfect Size”

On my recent weekly trip to market I came across Duncan Hines “Perfect Size”. Then of course I had to go to every other store in town and no one had it so I know it’s truly new. From my green circa 1970’s green Easy Bake Oven I have seen smaller cake mixes come and…

Response from The Sheraton Grand Sacramento.

This is exactly what people (not just bloggers) do NOT want to hear. If you had a really bad experience people don’t want the “sorry you feel that way” form letter in return. Here is the letter in it’s entirety: Dear Ms. Rogan, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your feedback…

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Let me preface this blog by saying I know and have experienced amazing service in wonderful hotels. From The Dorchester and The Four Seasons Canary Wharf in London to The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles I have stayed in the best of the best and know how everyone is to be treated in a great…

#ExpediaChat Contest

I am so happy! Last week I found out I won the $500 Expedia.com travel voucher.  It’s not enough to get far but it will make a great weekend. I’ve been participating every week without fail since last summer and have really enjoyed the interaction. Wednesday’s ExpediaChat seems to be when I get the most…