Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes

It is that time again. Tatjana is packing to return to London as I write this with the world’s heaviest heart. You think this would get easier with years of practice, but it doesn’t. I always feel as if someone has pulled my stuffing out. You see, my daughter is my favorite person on the planet, and we have sooooooooo much fun together.

Julie Anne & Tatjana filming the Keith Haring gingerbread cookies
Reminding myself of all the good times shared helps. Making Keith Haring gingerbread cookies together, and working with Tatjana, who is now a film editor, for the first time professionally.
Julie Anne, Hunky Santa, and Tatjana
Shopping until we dropped and flirting with Hunky Santa. Screenings galore, and snuggling in front of the fireplace watching screeners together. From an amazing Christmas Eve filled with laughter, friends, music, and all the scrumptious Christmas trimmings at Amanda Eliasch’s
Christmas Eve taken by Amanda Eliasch
Yay!!!! At last…. thank you Santa!
… to receiving the jams I’ve lusted after in Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s ‘A Bloomsbury Life’ from Fortnum & Masons, to red velvet pancakes and waffles on Christmas morning in our nighties. Walking Daisy up to Larchmont on weekends for bagels at Sam’s, and dinner parties at ours.
Christmas morning feast
Letting the Agape choir sweep us up onto our feet on Sunday morning. To being treated to a lavish dinner at Cecconi’s with dear friends Lisa I’Anson and Amos Pizzey to ring in the New Year.
Our hosts Lisa I’Anson & Amos Pizzey
Tatjana & Julie Anne at stroke of midnight 2010
Playing endless games of backgammon and spite and malice, and and mother daughter dinners with Marianne Williamson and daughter India at Sur. Yes, it has been a lovely winter visit, and I will miss you terribly Tatjana. Thank you for all the joy you bring me. I love you.
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Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Tatjana requested this as her last supper at home. It is quick, easy, and hits that fried chicken craving with about 1/2 the calories.

Servings: 4


1 pound chicken tenders
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup panko
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
olive oil spray
salt and pepper to taste


1). Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2). Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a small dish. Add crushed garlic and microwave on high for 30 seconds to take the edge off the garlic.

3). Meanwhile, mix panko, Parmesan, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

4). Dip chicken tender in garlic-olive oil, then coat in the bread crumb-Parmesan mixture. Lay each piece on a foiled and olive oiled sprayed baking sheet. Spray top with olive oil spray, and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until just cooked through and browned.

Serving Suggestions: Here we served it with sauteed broccolini, and angel hair pasta tossed in olive oil with Parmesan sprinkled on top, but you could easily serve it with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, and any green vegetable of your choice. I think kale is especially yummy with this too.

Variations: There is avegetarian version made with Gardein chick’n filets on my website now.
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