Jane PakisCARMEL VALLEY, California, US
Nice to see you! I am Jane, an ASID Interior Designer, artist, illustrator, crafter, flower & cactus lover, hiker & traveler.
Author & illustrator of NEVER KISS A CACTUS - available on Amazon .
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Recipes By Jane Pakis
Mom would start baking Christmas cookies right after Thanksgiving. She would make a new treat each day, putting them in colorful tins & “ hiding” them in the cellar cupboard. We, of course, would always go sneak a few. She, of course, knew it! We continued this throughout adulthood. ❤️Cookies are my very, very most deliciously favorite part of the Holidays❣️💚❣️
This was inspired by our garden🧡 Our sweet potatoes with their beautiful green leafy tops are about ready to harvest! We planted white, yellow & purple potatoes & I am excited to see what we actually get. No matter, I love them all. Here are a few ways to prepare them.....they’re not just for Holidays, you know!😀
Ok, I confess, I haven’t made fondue since the 80’s -when it was all the rage🙄 But this is an Easy, kid friendly recipe. Feel free to doctor it up to your liking. And now - more than ever- NO double dipping please!
Beans around the world: I don’t know of a more versatile veggie! It’s uses & recipes are endless & it’s a staple for a lot of diets. Protein packed, flavorful & soooo many varieties to choose from. It plays well with other veggies, use hot or cold, in soups, salads, flours, & much more. Every country has their unique twist on BEANS 😋
Beans Around The World. It’s a energy fueling meal in a bowl ! Add your own special touch with extra ingredients,(Celery? Cilantro? Onion?) make it spicy, add your favorite herbs, or switch out the dressing. It’s easy, naturally gluten free, & protein packed 👍
GLOBAL CUISINE. One of my very favorite childhood memories is my grandmother’s palacinkes, a crepe like pancake rolled with stewed fruit or jam, sprinkles with powdered sugar &/ or sour cream. HEAVEN ON EARTH! Since then, I’ve come to learn that almost every county/culture has their own special version of a pancake, & I’ve yet to meet one I didn’t like!
GLOBAL CUISINE: Memories of this dish were brought to mind after all the olive harvesting going on in our village last week I can’t quite get this recipe exactly right, but if make it & we eat it outside on a nice summer day, it can feel pretty darn close to being in Italy😋
GLOBAL CUISINE: I love to bake but I was always intimidated by cream puffs. Turns out they’re one of the easiest pastries ever! ...& so versatile! Make mini savory ones for appetizers or cream filled ones for dessert. Either way they always get a lot of OOOH-La-Las!
I actually assumed our dad invented these!! Mom never made them (pancakes & waffles were her thing). This was his specialty & it was a treat since we never had them during the week. I always wondered why he called them “wink eyes” since it looked like a big wide open bug eyes to me.....maybe because he’d always give you that big exaggerated WINK when he served them ❤️❤️
FAVE MEMORY: Gramma Helen called all closets “presses”....the linen press, the clothes press etc.
The kitchen had a cold press, a little room off the outside stairwell across from the kitchen. It was a cross between a pantry & a root cellar. It was so fresh & cool inside & a perfect place to hide on hot summer days. It ALWAYS had a bowl of fresh green grapes, never red! If we were good she’d get her kitchen shearers & snip off a bunch for us. Looking back, I recall fences of vines behind the old garage & wondering now if that’s where all the grapes came from😂
Back in “ the day”, I don’t know anyone that escaped JELLO! The best part of jello was coming into the house & smelling the sugary/fruity explosion of the boiling water hitting those jewel like crystals! Between the smell & the visual of those brightly colored cubes, I confess, couldn’t resist.
FAVE MEMORY: This is a NEW memory, if there is such a thing! When I first moved to California (decades ago) I had never seen an artichoke & it was love at first site! Now fast forward 40 years, I’ve returned to CA. & with this move I discovered BABY artichokes....which are now my new favorites, mainly because you can eat the entire delicious thing, & they are DIVINE!!!
One Day a neighbor posted a notice for a cake decorating class. It was the 70’s, we were living in the Alps in Germany. 5 of us signed up, all young new moms, all thousands of miles from home. Each week we’d eagerly pile into her tiny kitchen, bumping hips& elbows, stirring bowls full of sugar & cream. We’d share the frustrations of all new moms, colicky babies& sleepless nights while we practiced making rosettes, ribbons, stars& letters, licking our fingers & eating our mistakes. Leaving on a sugar high, we were happy for a night out. I baked& decorated cakes for years. It was that time in life with lots of baby showers, christenings & kids birthdays. Looking back it reflects the times& the trends: lots of Barbie bundt cakes, R2D2, Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster & Holly Hobby. Cars & trains were also popular. I loved baking, creating & “painting”with icing. I loved the little jars of food coloring &, ok, I loved licking the leftovers. This is the original recipe from that class. I still have my notebook!
FAVE MEMORY: one of my very earliest memories is the tins of Xmas cookies mom would start baking in early December. Each tin would hold a different cookie- butterball, spritz, pinwheels, sugar sprinkles , cut outs & more. It was heavenly. She continued the tradition for years & years. Even as an adult, it was fun to find the tins & sneak a cookie 😋. In this Xmas pic, I got my favorite doll, my brother got a drum set with a bucking bronco on the side of it 😍. Still....the cookies were the best!! This recipe is from gramma Helen’s cook book published in 1931 & I still have it. It’s beautifully leather bound & embossed.
Chop & combine your favorite veggies. Toss with olive oil, lemon & favorite herbs. Serve on top of a bed of greens. Quick, fun, easy & mine is different every single time, depending on the season, my mood & the occasion!