Another Whirlwind Visit

An Evening of Hitchcock at the Bowl
You are probably all bored by now with my waxing on about how my daughter is my favorite person on the planet, but she is. When you share so many interests in common it’s hard to not have a blast together, and our visits always...
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Judge Julie

One of the all time greatest honors of my career to date – is being invited onto MASTERCHEF as a guest judge! Watch out for me in Part One of the two-hour Season Finale airing Monday, Sept. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when the Top Three home… Keep Reading »

Feeling the gratitude

Facebook Challenges: Gratitude

I get it! Smaller causes need to make a bigger splash – both literally and figuratively, but I’m really over all the Facebook gimmicky challenges. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for finding creative ways of raising money for charity, but I simply don’t… Keep Reading »

The PCA helps Aja remember to eat on the go

Friday Food Tip: Glamour On The Go

Julie Anne: I promise, glamour doesn’t have to stop, just because you put the apron on once a week! Personal Chef Approach member (PCA) Aja Dang is living proof.  Aja sent this guest post in to share how she uses the PCA to help tackle her… Keep Reading »

Memories around the kitchen table

Around The Kitchen Table

Julie Anne Rhodes: When I was a girl, I couldn’t wait for my father to come home for work, knowing full well that after an enormous bear hug, we would all sit down to dinner together and catch up on how our day had gone. I… Keep Reading »

Marinate or rub your proteins and freeze, then defrost and grill off when ready

Friday Food Tips: PCA Cooking for One

I couldn’t be happier or more excited, because my daughter is on a plane headed towards Los Angeles as I write this, but normally it’s dinner for one around here. I know a lot of my single friends think that means it’s not worth cooking…. Keep Reading »

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

5 Stress-Busting Tips To Increase Productivity

Can we have it all? That is the question challenging most women since the advent of women’s lib. Can you juggle career, significant other, children, a home, and be successful in every aspect of your life, or does excelling in one area mean another suffers?
Can… Keep Reading »

Tatjana's first birthday

To My Birthday Girl

I am so happy you have someone to love in your life. Better still, someone with a birthday just two days apart from your own – you’ll always have each other to celebrate with. I’m looking forward to a belated celebration next week, but it is… Keep Reading »

Mr. & Mrs. Rhodes started their honeymoon in Rhodes, but this was in Mykonos

Happy Honeymoons, UN-Anniversary, and Birthdays

After five years of writing about my life ‘from VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron‘ I’m running out of ideas on how to keep you entertained by a wedding that happened three decades ago (wow, another Rip Van Winkle moment). I’m a… Keep Reading »

Relaxed, recharged, and happy

Flying Solo

I just got back last week from five glorious days in Puerto Los Cabos, Mexico. It was my first vacation completely alone since I cruised the Nile in 1993, but even then I was accompanied by a curator from the British Museum and many others… Keep Reading »

Robin Wiliams performing courtesy of

You Will Be Greatly Missed, Robin Williams

My deepest, most sincerely heartfelt apologies go out to Robin Williams family for their tragic loss. The whole world  will grieve along with you, or at least I know I am.
Robin Williams as Mork courtesy of
I didn’t know Robin Williams personally, but he certainly… Keep Reading »

Lime Corn with Queso Fresco

Friday Food Tips: Fresh Corn on the Cob

While I’m still away sipping my virgin pina colada on the beach – I thought you might like reminding that it’s also corn season! Originally posted exactly one years ago…
Gone fishing (sipping virgin pina coladas on the beach)
For me, biting into an ear of corn… Keep Reading »

Recharging in Bali

Guide to Gorgeous

Well chickadees, my staycation has finally morphed into a full fledge vacation. It is definitely time to recharge my batteries!
Jewels on the beach
I plan to sit on a lovely beach, meditate, and reflect on life. I also want to swim until my heart’s content (and… Keep Reading »