Lushy Lemonade

Verrrrry nice on a hot day, especially when you include the preserved lemon. Keeps those electrolyte levels up, dontcha know! Lushy Lemonade: rhubarb, vanilla and saffron simple syrup muddled with fresh and preserved lemons, topped with fizz.#cookingclasses #lesacooks #notamixologist #summerscoming A photo posted by Lesa Sullivan-Abajian (@lesacooks) on May 11, 2016 at 11:38pm PDT For […]

Ciao, Ciao, Chinotto!

Funny thing about Italy is… all your favorite Italian food is there.  Crazy, right? I discovered Chinotto here in the US and fell madly in love with it. It’s a non-alcoholic soda made from bitter orange, and tastes like a grapefruit that’s read a lot of Ogden Nash. It’s a tad sharp, but not unpleasant. It’s awfully […]

French Onion Soup

Oh, boy! It’s cold and gross out. Time to stay home and stand over a pot of caramelized onions for about forever. It’s okay, it’s completely worth it. You can adjust the heat up or down a tad if it’s going a little too slowly or too quickly, but the key is to stay on […]

Vegan Caramel Sauce

I have been making this sauce on the fly for a dip with lovely washington state apples, but it’s also lovely drizzled over popcorn, brownies and all kinds of stuff. I think this caramel rivals the traditional stuff because the sugar is unfiltered and the coconut cream is just so danged delicious… try it for […]

Julie & Julia Cooking Class

Movie Night: Julie and Julia – Classic French Cooking Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 6:30 to 9:00 pm Instructor: Chef Lesa Sullivan A classic movie and classic French food — all from the movie, “Julie & Julia”. Don’t miss Lesa as she shows you how to make a traditional French dishes straight from Julia Child’s famous […]

Of Chocolate Cake and Telephone Lines

We grew up and moved. Andy had this wild and wonderful career as a scholar and mountain climber, a journalist and world traveler! I became a chef, a business owner, a stepmom and wife. There we were, having lives, which were excessively busy and way too filled with stuff to curl up in a bean bag and pick up the phone. Then Andy got very sick. Then my husband died. Then there was time to do a whole lot of things.