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Irene DeBlasio May 22, 2013 at 02:47 pm
@IlonaSaari We were definitely separated at birth. I lived at 370 East 76th Street (Newport East)Read More and the only extra amenity was a pool on the roof. After a swim I'd put on a suitable cover up, ride the elevator down and run to Sloan's, Grand Union or Gristede's. My butcher on 2nd Avenue delivered a load of meat once a week. Seafood always had to be fresh -- I'd buy it the day I cooked it. Zabar's was always worth a little trip and I loved Yorkville's Jaeger House. Never mind the door man, the handyman's the one I miss. I'd give it up all over again for one more night at Elaine's. Hope your pretty house sells fast. Great piece!
Sharon Crigler May 22, 2013 at 03:45 pm
It's amazing how many articles I read that show how smart it is to rent over the long haul. Best ofRead More luck with the sale - it's a sweet house.
Ilona Saari May 23, 2013 at 07:26 am
Thanx, everyone... I'll keep y'all posted. I do miss Zabar's and Elaine's... PJ Clarke's (which wasRead More down the street from my apt), Joe Allen's, 21, etc., etc. Sadly, Elaine and Elaine's are gone now - hope you read my blog tribute to her and her "saloon" (and her tiff w/ Norman Mailer) I wrote for Patch -- it's here among my Patch blogs .. I still crave her stuffed mushrooms and veal chop.
Richard Camp May 6, 2013 at 06:07 pm
This is the guy who cooked it, chiming in. Not only is this delicious EVERYTHING in it is good forRead More you... Salmon has omega-3, of course, but so do walnuts (the only nut that contains omega-3). Bell peppers are number three on the list of top ten foods that are high in vitamin C. And spinach? Well, ask Popeye. Basil and mustard? Good nutrients. And if you don't want to use bread crumbs, try sprinkling with crushed walnuts to pump up the nutrients.
Irene DeBlasio May 7, 2013 at 01:27 am
@IlonaSaari @RichardCamp We have you two to thank for always making us hungry with your deliciousRead More recipes and plating. I've tried this one out already and it was fabulous. Don't hate me because I left out the peppers (they're gassy). There --I've confessed! You rock!
Ilona Saari May 7, 2013 at 11:28 am
... and he makes a mean 'rock' fish stew. ;o) Think it would still be very, very delish w/o theRead More peppers.
Ilona Saari March 31, 2013 at 04:13 pm
Think of this as a companion piece to Irene's fun Orlando story. ;o)
Bob Blanchard March 21, 2013 at 01:31 am
I have come to appreciate different soups as I have gotten older. If I ever hit the lottery, I willRead More hire an Italian cook if Ms. DeBlasio will recommend one. I always suspected that my mother bought Campbell Chicken Noodle and Tomato soup by the case. It seemed as if there was no other kind. What is the Barry Manilow phrase,"I write the songs and let the whole world sing" or words to that effect? So Richard does the cooking and you do the writing? When is Richard going to cook up a good batch of New England Clam Chowder so I can steal his recipe?
Ilona Saari March 25, 2013 at 06:34 pm
I've been in Florida and just got back to LA and found your request, Bob. I promise when RichardRead More does make New England clam chowder, I'll write about it and give you the recipe. ;o)
Bob Blanchard March 28, 2013 at 04:39 am
Hi Ilona, Leave CA for FL? Change your picture. I know you must have more tan. Looking forward toRead More Richard's NE Clam Chowder. Ever watch "Are You Being Served"? If so, "Come along, Richard", will have some fun meaning. I love British comedy. Thanks.
Irene DeBlasio March 2, 2013 at 05:06 pm
@IlonaSaari Another wonderful column -- you are so talented! I'm sorry to hear that you andRead More Richard were so sick. My doctor died about eight years ago -- I threw out the junk he prescribed for me, never got another flu shot, and have never felt better in my life. I'm sticking to the Mediterranean diet plus a little ice cream. It doesn't get better than that. The recipe looks great and I agree about the hot dog. Stay healthy and happy! xoxoxo
Ilona Saari March 2, 2013 at 05:10 pm
Thanks, Irene -- We're pretty healthy - but all our friends seemed to have gotten that cold fromRead More hell and were nice enough to give it to us, as well. ;o) We basically follow the Mediterranean diet, too - have been for years.
Ilona Saari March 2, 2013 at 05:11 pm
Tho nothing takes the place of real butter when you're making (and eating!!!) sole almondine... ;o)
Bob Blanchard January 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm
Gosh, Ilona. I was hoping you would make me a partner in a plan that would not "upset a vastRead More eternal plan" and make us wealthy and provide a needed service at the same time. You know how churches and synagogues are trying to get more people to attend services? At the risk of being politically incorrect, suppose we took your recipe and made some Grey Goose/Oatmeal communion wafers or Matzos? People would be standing in line to get into their houses of worship.
Ilona Saari January 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm
LOL - works for me, Bob. Let's do it!
Geraldo Cruz January 7, 2013 at 04:16 pm
If anyone ever needs a taste tester I'm available. You people are making me hungry!
Bob Blanchard September 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm
Ilona, You are always mentioning food. Don't you know there are some of us who gain weight just atRead More the mention of it? Anyhow, have you ever tried Buchanan Arms, a small unassuming place at 2013 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank,(really NOHO)? They have good British food and a small British food store next to it. If you get the Clipper coupon magazine, flip past the patio and window contractors and find the restaurant ads. Buchanan Arms has a two-fer in there so even if they weren't up to your standards, it is only half price. I enjoy their food but I am not an expert on British food. Good Luck.
Irene DeBlasio September 21, 2012 at 01:18 am
Ilona, If you don't want to visit Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica you can buy bangers in theRead More small fridge case at the Friar Tuck Shoppe, 13638 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks (next door to Robin Hood Pub) near Woodman. The bangers are frozen but cook up nicely. The shop is small but chock full of British goodies -- teapots, jams, biscuits, candies, crisps. They also make individual portions of shepherd's pie, steak and mushroom pie, cornish pasties, etc... eveything you could want or need, except topless photos of Kate.
Ilona Saari September 21, 2012 at 01:02 pm
Thanks for the tips Bob and Irene - I'm definitely going to try both places (might even write aboutRead More it for Patch <g>)... and Bob, I'm not all that fussy, tho I do write a food/wine/travel/musing blog of my own w/ a nice following... I love hot dogs at Carny's (I'm a hot dog freak - in fact my very first blog here was "An Ode To Hot Dogs" comparing Pink's, etc. to Grey's Papaya and Nathan's ;o) -- and I'm always blogging about burgers wherever I travel. I love it all - from high-end gourmet cuisine to diner food <g>...
Ilona Saari June 29, 2012 at 02:35 pm
Wow - am so please Fritzie passed the recipe onto you, too, Jay. Funny how it's become a ChristmasRead More tradition for both of us. And thank you, Irene.
Monique Marshall July 1, 2012 at 11:42 am
I wish I had known my grandmother (Nana) like you and your brother did!! But I love making herRead More recipe and hope my kids carry on the tradition <3
Ilona Saari July 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm
I hope they do, too, Monique...
MickMil June 1, 2012 at 08:16 pm
Good rehashing of your love of leftovers. We never had hash in my house, so it always seemed exoticRead More to me. But high school cafeteria hash didn't win me over. Nor did the can of Dinty Moore's that a friend served me once. My impression was the same as your husband...dog food. But it was only when I tried corned beef hash at Stage Deli in NYC did I realize the pleasure of well-prepared hash. After that, I would order it for breakfast at every deli if I was at or any restaurant known for their beef. Any most were great! I haven't had it at Langer's yet, but I bet it's fantastic. Let's go. Thanks for the memory.
Ilona Saari November 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Day after Thanksgiving turkey hash - delicious!!!
Esther Evans March 27, 2012 at 04:03 pm
looking forward to more ways to treat my family and friends.
Ilona Saari March 27, 2012 at 05:19 pm
So glad you enjoyed the dinner.
Ilona Saari March 27, 2012 at 05:20 pm
... and hope you continue reading "My Muse Box" -- ;o)
Irene DeBlasio March 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Ilona, Thank you! I was beginning to think you can't get a medium rare burger anywhere except myRead More house. While you were luxuriating with Nancy Silverton's fine products, I was getting sick at Five Guys on Miracle Mile. Don't even ask...
Ilona Saari March 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Oh, I hope you're feeling better, Irene. When you are and want a medium rare burger - but don'tRead More want to "go over the hill" - check out the Counter and Umami - both have really delicious burgers. <g>
Irene DeBlasio February 23, 2012 at 09:52 pm
Ilona, This sounds terrific. I'm not a fan of Santa Ana and will probably only drive there atRead More gunpoint, but if I ever do again, you can be sure I'll sample your find. I love sandwiches too -- more of the traditional type (not so much on a roll). I still dream of the tea sandwiches served in the Bullock's Tea Room and teatime in London.
Irene DeBlasio February 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Remember when Craig Claiborne bid $300 in a fundraiser sponsored by American Express for one mealRead More for two in Paris at any restaurant? Craig picked Pierre Franey - they dined at Chez Denis and their bill came to $4,000? They ordered 25 dishes and several exquisite vintage bottles of wine. I bet American Express nevered sponsored another one like that. LOL
Ilona Saari February 13, 2012 at 01:03 pm
Thanx, Irene. And, wow - can you imagine paying $4,000 for dinner for 2? ;o)
Irene DeBlasio February 13, 2012 at 04:38 pm
No, and I don't think American Express can either. LOL. At least Channel 13 got the $300 bid fromRead More Craig Claiborne.
Ilona Saari January 18, 2012 at 09:49 pm
Thank you. It was a magical nite for me and my mom, especially since we were both still raw fromRead More grieving. It took us out of our pain - And see the Duke & Duchess obviously so sad, disenfranchised, awkward and unhappy was a life lesson on so many levels.
Eddie Greenberg February 14, 2012 at 06:24 pm
Hi Ilona. This a captivating story. So vivid from the impressions of a 13 year old, just having lostRead More a parent. Elsa Maxwell and the Duke and Duchess are incredibly described as I have always heard and read about them. This narrative so well captures life and feelings that bring back memories in my own life. Happy Valentine's Day and well done!
Ilona Saari February 14, 2012 at 06:28 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words, Eddie. Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.
Ilona Saari December 22, 2011 at 02:42 pm
My husband has made this bread w/ oranges from our tree if we have no lemons and it's stillRead More fabulous. This year he added a bit of lavender...
Ilona Saari December 22, 2011 at 02:42 pm
PS - thanx, Irene. I'm so pleased you enjoy them.
Richard Camp December 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Let's make some now!
Gary Young December 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Ilona: I can smell the bread, cake, bread cooking. You do have a way of getting the salivary glandsRead More going with your great images. I can remember as a young whipper-snapper, growing up in Washington, DC, the smell at the old Griffith Stadium. Yes, the stadium. Well, not the cigars, which were plentiful in those days, but the amazing smell of the Wonder Bread factory, which was literally next door. It didn't take much of a breeze to waft heavenly bread essence into the park. Removed a little of the pain of losing so often. Also, due to the bread smell, the vendors sold record amounts of hot dogs. I hate to think what might have been in those doggies back in those days, but the bread was always soft, fresh, and aromatic, just like the stadium, between the plentiful wafts of cigar smoke. Now I'm going to copy your recipe. Best, Gary Young <http://garyyoungunlimited.com>
Irene DeBlasio December 14, 2011 at 10:40 am
Ilona, Great piece -- there's nothing like bread! Marie Antoinette should have known better! YouRead More left out my most treasured Finnish genius, Esa Pekka Salonen. I was honored to sit in the front row of his Goodbye Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the rest of the weeping audience. Gustavo Dudamel was triumphant in his grand opener at Disney Hall -- we adore him but we miss our Fabulous Finn.
Ilona Saari December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Miss him, too, Irene. I'm actually writing a satirical piece about growing up a FinnishRead More "minority" in America (and the Oscars) that mentions Esa - I hope it'll make you laugh -- well,, smile at least. And, Gary - you must let me know how your pulla turns out.
Bruce Carpenter November 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Yes, I miss Vi and thinking of her takes me back to my childhood in Bayside. In addition to your MomRead More always having a smile for me, I remember playing running bases with your Dad in the side yard. My son Wil and I enjoyed a visit with her one last time in 2005, while touring colleges in California. Thanks for sharing the story and pictures too. Bruce Carpenter.
Richard Camp November 27, 2011 at 03:11 pm
Thanx y'all for saying "hi"to Vi - and I hope you keep hugging those near and dear
Ilona Saari November 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm
I don't know why that came up as a Richard comment - but that was mine. Thank y'all again forRead More saying 'hey' to my mom
Billy Malone November 2, 2011 at 02:28 pm
oh yum, thanks for the recipe! maybe I'll make that this year instead of pumpkin cheesecake orRead More apple pie...NOT easy or foolproof :-)
Billy Malone November 2, 2011 at 02:29 pm
actually, this is Nina, I'm on Billy's computer because mine crapped out on me and I logged inRead More through FB but it used Billy's, ugh.
susan leroux November 2, 2011 at 02:32 pm
Can't wait to try it, might not wait until the holidays!! Thanks so much. Susan
Richard Camp October 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm
"Yours is not the only dead body in L.A." Classic line. Have some pizza. TerrificRead More story...
Nina Malone October 16, 2011 at 02:38 pm
HaHa! Let's see, how many of those LA moments can I relate to? Especially when I lived inRead More Hollywood! But I still love a good car chase, I just can't take my eyes of them.
Richard Camp October 12, 2011 at 04:13 pm
Pinot Noir and Detective Noir... whose body? Whose roof? Whose pizza?
Nina Malone October 14, 2011 at 01:47 am
I'm on the edge of my seat..hm, hm, couch.
Richard Camp October 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm
OK, vivid sunsets, black-clad guests and a body on the roof. Typical L.A. party? Most likely not,Read More but can't wait to see whose body it is...
Jill Brookman Gillett October 12, 2011 at 02:33 pm
Do we dare guess who's atop the roof? An angry, newly poor Madoff investor who's wife continues toRead More spend although nothing is left in either the state side accounts or the off shore cache who is having a torrid affair with the host of your party! Jill
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