Let’s Have a KiKi Christmas 2019

“A kiki is a party
For calming all your nerves
We’re spilling tea and dishing just desserts one may deserve
And though the sun is rising
Few may choose to leave
So shade that lid
And we’ll all bid
Adieu to your ennui”

The Scissor Sisters “Let’s Have A Kiki”

It’s my thirty-fifth holiday season as a caterer.


I thought I’d drop a little advice on you, for making the most as a host in the upcoming months.  Let’s turn every party into a “KiKi!”

I love Christmas, mostly because glitter, but everything else, too.

Our holidays over here on McCollum street are homegrown, and we sure have fun.

We have a Christmas Eve feast with our extended tribe and then go caroling in the streets of Echo Park.

We are phenomenal. We don’t look like this.

I mean, seriously.

That is an actual snap of carolers for hire in Los Angeles. They were singing at one of my parties. Have you ever seen me sing?

I’m on the right…in the middle row…honestly…

It’s frightening.

Tip #1: Somebody, quick, pass me a cranberry cocktail!

In order to make a fancy large ice cube, you gotta freeze the bottom layer first, to secure the fruit or whatevs at the top of the cube and allow two days for the entire process, and a proper freeze.

Do you see the secure cranberries?

Tip #2: Another way to entertain with food that people love… SOUPS!

You can make a pot of soup with some crusty bread, and then curate a potluck around it.

Always, always tell your friends what to bring exactly.

It’s not being bossy, it’s being smart, with attention on delicious.

This is my sunshine ginger soup from my cookbook, with a chubby crouton.

Tip #3: Here’s a good one – Twelve Days of Appetizers!

Get all your buddies to bring an appetizer, invite twelve people, set out the bar and pre-heat the oven.

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Or call us, we love appetizers…

Cranberry Wonton, Mac & Cheese Bites, Pigs, Empanadas!! 

I’m not a fan of “Just Dessert” parties, because I eat myself into a coma. But I would love to give a shout out to my favorite autumnal delight.

Tip #4:  Try Caramel apples.

I did these with the little local apples, so cute.

Tip #4(A): I also like chocolate covered strawberries! Easy to procure and they don’t melt in the winter!

Tip #5: Don’t underestimate an old fashioned cookie exchange… Martha can help with that.

Tip #6:  For heaven’s sake, pull out all the sparkle!  It’s the most
wonderful time of the year!

Here’s a snap from our party –  I couldn’t do it without the help of all the kids, their mates and the hubs.

Our house is small but mighty when it comes to entertaining eighty people,  we make it work!  So sing a little song, drink a little drink and eat well this holiday season!

Potato, Endive & Avocado Al Fresco Salad Recipe


Could not live without them. They are so versatile and satisfying. I like them every way. Perogies, smashed with Pommery Mustard, salt, roasted, steamed with butter and salt, and here’s my dirty little secret, ketchup, yum. I mean come on, french fries!!

Potato chips give me super powers!!

We make a bomb roasted potato salad with a couple of secrets I’m willing to share.  So simple –  we roast red potatoes in salad size pieces, when just done but not too brown, allow to cool slightly, toss with Mayo and a healthy dollop or Pommery mustard. Oh, and a bunch of sliced scallions, too. Do not refrigerate, the starch in the potatoes gets too hard, so prepare this dish before you are ready to eat. It’s warm and different and delicious.

We use Veganaise at the shoppe to keep it vegan!

I recently slow roasted a leg of lamb in celery, onions and white wine, and added these beauties the last half hour. Oh my.

The recipe I’m sharing today is in my cookbook.  Oh, and BTW,  my publisher lauded in the L.A. Times!  I think this recipe came to me by way of Alice Waters, but honestly, I don’t remember.

It was probably her, she’s very clever.

You’re gonna love it. Now, get some cake, call your friends and get together over supper.

You can thank me later.