Thanksgiving, Al Fresco

Photo of table set for Thanksgiving under the stars.

Thanksgiving, Al Fresco Here in Encino, we discovered a few years back that it’s warm enough to enjoy Thanksgiving under the stars. I have always loved eating outside, especially at a big, old, wooden table with enough room to gather everyone … continue reading . . .

Rum Pot Recipe

Photo of Famer's Market Summer Fruits by Lizzie K.

Rum Pot Recipe: Make in Summer, Enjoy in Winter Having first sampled this dish in Switzerland in the mid eighties, I always wanted to recreate it at home. I never seemed to have the perfect set up for making it, … continue reading . . .

Lemon Decor For Christmas

Lemon Pinecone Wreath

Filling the house with Lemon Decor For Christmas Getting the house ready for the holidays always puts me in the spirit of the season. This year we have a short sprint from Thanksgiving to Christmas and with two new kittens … continue reading . . .

How To Cook A Turkey. Best Ever Turkey Recipe

Recipe Opener for EncinoMom.com Fall Edition pictures blue pumpkins from California.

Our Best Ever Turkey Recipe is the culmination of years of turkey prep! We’ve culled the best recipes we’ve ever tasted in to a sure fire family favorite.

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Getaway To Ventura In This Episode Of California Living

Video still featuring oysters for the front page of EncinoMom the California Lifestyle New Media Magazing.

Ventura, California Getaway From California Living and EncinoMom.tv Ready for a little getaway that’s just under an hour away from LA? Pop up to Ventura, a sweet seaside city with great eateries, wineries, a super walkable downtown complete with a … continue reading . . .

Crock Pots For The Holidays

This is the super small crock I used to make home made caramel sauce for Halloween. From Lisa Keating at EncinoMom.com

I recently saw this at Costco and thought it would be perfect for snowy days at the cabin and holiday parties, too. When the temperatures dip, warm, filling meals just seem to feel right. At Halloween, I like to serve … continue reading . . .

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The California Lifestyle is as much a state of mind as it is a way of living. Don’t get us wrong. California is awesome. We just think you can live the California lifestyle anywhere. Take a breath. Wear your mask. … continue reading . . .

How To Build A Gingerbread House From A Box With EncinoMom’s Lisa Keating

Still image from Gingerbread House video.

How To Build A Gingerbread House Start your own holiday family tradition with this easy to build gingerbread house kit from Germany. These abundantly available kits include everything except an egg white and a few drops of white vinegar. Of … continue reading . . .

Leftover Turkey? Try this Turkey Enchilada Casserole Recipe

I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! If the turkey was at your house, you’ve probably had your Black Friday turkey sandwich by now. Here’s my recipe for the day after the day after Thanksgiving. After the turkey sandwiches, after … continue reading . . .

Elegant Driveway Dining?

Yep. With a detached garage all things are possible. Here’s my Thanksgiving table set with bone china, (Lenox appropriately from Massachusetts), candle holders with candles a blaze (PartyLite hey, wait a minute, not only are they from Massachusetts, they’re from Plymouth! Even I … continue reading . . .

Turkey. T-day Minus 4

Photo of Joy of Cooking and Shakespeare Cookbooks - closed.

Okay, if you haven’t ordered your organic, grain-fed, free-range bird and guests are already finalizing their travel plans so they can be with you to break bread next Thursday, you may find yourself turning to that dusty recipe from last … continue reading . . .

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