A gem of a restaurant, a jewel of a chicken recipe

Hand written parton note

Mistral hand-written customer note


In French the word “mistral” means wind.

More specifically, the word is a noun used to describe a cold, dry, northerly wind that blows through the Rhône Valley and South France to the Mediterranean coast, mainly in the winter.

The neighborhood bistro

In Sherman Oaks, California, Mistral is the name of a warm and charming neighborhood French Bistro that settled down at 13422 Ventura Boulevard, in 1988. Continue reading

A little spice makes everything nice


Spice in my pantry.

Some of the spices in my pantry.

For me a little spice wasn’t an option.  It was a lifeline.

After a diagnosis of high blood pressure a few years ago, instead of getting mad, I got motivated. I had to cut back on salt, but doggonit I refused cut back on favor. Standing in front of my pantry – a repository of every spice known to womankind – and guided by determination, I began blending a little bit of this and some of everything else and voila! Continue reading

Calm, cozy and cured with a little Pasta e Pesce

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Pasta e Pesce featured family style with cod

The translation  of pasta e pesce is  pasta and fish. Yes I had to go all Italian on you. I love the language and particularly the food. It’s simple, good and soul satisfying. I am inspired by Italian cooking and this dish is from that inspiration. Pasta is my favorite comfort food. It makes me feel calm, cozy and cured from the stresses of the day – if just for a moment. When I make this dish, all is well in my world. Continue reading