A Thanksgiving Plan of Action

The secret to the personal chef approach is organization. Dreaming up a feast can be so much fun, but planning, shopping, and doing some of the cooking in advance will help things run smoothly, stress free, and allow you to enjoy your own party, too!… Keep Reading »

Dear Jewels: My Husband Is A Meat & Potatoes Guy & I Want Variety

 My husband likes to eat. He is a meat ‘n potatoes kind of guy. Fancy, vegetarian, ethnic, soup/stew, seafood are not his idea of a meal. Beef, pork, and the occasional chicken next to a starch and a vegetable is about my normal plate. He… Keep Reading »

Some Like it Hot, But Enough Already!

 It’s hot outside, which makes it hot inside. I do not want to turn on the oven. My “room temperature” is around 80F. Yes, I do have the AC on. It’s 120F outside. The oven is this horrible pit of more heat that I dread. How… Keep Reading »

Friday Food Tip: Building A Well Stocked Pantry

My approach to cooking has always been to paint with flavor. The more flavors you have in your pantry – the more hues in which you have to paint, ergo the variety and complexity of the recipes you are able to create.  Since spices, herbs,… Keep Reading »

Pearls of Wisdom For My 25 Year Old Self

Choosing to put the discouragement, the doubts, the doubters, nay sayers and fear behind you is imperative. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me No. Said I wasn’t good enough. Laughed at my name…. The fear feels real, the worry is… Keep Reading »

Cooking With Jewels: Mexican Roast Chicken

We have so much on our proverbial plates today, we often don’t have time to put real food on them. You know you should be eating more meals cooked at home to avoid preservatives and pesticides in your food, and control the amount of sugar,… Keep Reading »

Cooking Terms: How To Blanch

Recipes often have words for cooking terms that may be confusing, so I have begun videoing those terms. My demonstrating what they mean is the next best thing to having mom show you herself. The idea is that when you run across a cooking term… Keep Reading »

Keep It Simple – Keep It Real (Food)

The number one New Years Resolution is to eat healthier, and with good reason after all that decadent holiday food. The easiest way to achieve your goal is to stick to unadulterated whole food and keep your preparations on the simple side. You know the… Keep Reading »

New Years Resolutions & Fad Dieting

Many of you have started your New Years Resolutions, and the number one resolution is to lose those excess holiday pounds or simply eat healthier. Problem is, many of us tend to go from one extreme of over-indulging to the other end of the spectrum… Keep Reading »

Happy New Year!

It is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and I’m certainly in a party mood this year! I’ll be running some oldies but goodies while I take a break to relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season, then see you back here… Keep Reading »

Christie’s, Warhol, and What’s In It For You?

It was an intensely exciting experience to watch the record breaking Post-War & Contemporary Art auction at Christie’s. Not only was it the first time I’ve sold a painting – it was also my first auction, so I picked a doozy to attend. The proceeds on… Keep Reading »

To Be, Or Not To Be? This Is My Story

One day I woke up and realized that I was living someone else’s dream. My ex was so excited when I was cast in my first role, that I got caught up in his excitement, mistaking it for my own. I wasn’t looking for work… Keep Reading »

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 »