My Mom's Minute Steak

Heat lightly oiled pan. Sear each steak in hot oil and then remove from pan. Slice a large onion and several cloves fresh garlic (one onion for every six steaks). Brown onion and garlic for 10-15 minutes. Lay seared steaks on...

Mom's Jelly Bars

Ingredients: Cookies 5 egg yolks 1 pound margarine 5 cups flour Grated lemon rind 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup seltzer Directions: Cut dough into six equal parts. Roll out each very thin to the size of a cookie sheet and bake on the back of the cookie sheet...

3 Hikes to the Hollywood Sign

The hardest of these three hikes - the “PG-13” version - is the western approach. Although it’s actually shorter than the PG version, it’s much steeper, with considerably more elevation gain, and the terrain is rugged. Hiking poles will come in handy. However, this is...

Mom's Favorite Chocolate Nut Torte Dessert

Cake: 12 egg whites 3/4 C sugar Beat whites until stiff peaks form and slowly add sugar. 12 yolks 3/4 c sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 lb melted good quality chocolate 2 C ground hazelnuts 3 tbsp flour Beat yolks with sugar and add rest of ingredients until blended. Fold whites with chocolate mixture by hand. Bake...

Temescal Rivas Canyon Trail

Rivas Canyon lies between Will Rogers State Park and Temescal Gateway Park. Rivas Canyon Trail crosses the ridge east of Temescal Canyon and travels down rustic Rivas Canyon to connect the two parks on a single-track that is 2.1 miles from end to end with...

My Mom's Mandelbread

Ingredients: 3 eggs at room temperature 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon blended with ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup oil Juice of 1 orange 4 to 5 shakes cinnamon 2 bottle caps vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 ½ to 4 cups flour 2 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds 1 cup blanched...

My Mom's Cinnamon Buns

Dough 4 to 4 ½ cups flour ½ cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoons salt 2 packages active dry yeast ¾ cup milk ½ cup water ½ cup butter or margarine 1 egg at room temperature Glaze ½ cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar 2 teaspoons light corn syrup 1 ½ cups chopped pecans Filling ½ cup...

My Mom's Cheesecake

Works great on Passover by substituting lady fingers for graham crackers! Makes three 9 in round cakes. CRUST: 27 double graham crackers 3 tbsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 1/4 sticks butter Melt butter, crush graham crackers and combine with sugar and cinnamon. Press along sides and bottom of...

Rising Sun Trail at Solstice Canyon

Corral Canyon Road Malibu, CA 90263 From the gate, follow the service road that runs along the right side of the creek. Bear right at the dirt road that takes you up to the 2 odd looking buildings that house the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. To the...