Monday, January 21, 2013


When one goes to California one expects warm, sunny days.  So why did we go in mid-January when the coldest cold wave in years chilled the state?  SWMBO demonstrated one way to warm up.

You've already heard about Lana Cochrun's artistic talent.  But she has another talent:  baking bread.  Here's a fresh loaf of raisin bread just out of the oven.

This night it was a feast among friends at the Cochruns home.

One of the friends is Robert Brosseau, a concert violinist and studio musician in Los Angeles for over 20 years performing the music we hear behind many of our movies.  He's also a gourmet cook.  On this night he had brought a tarte tatin which was accompanied by an apple cheesecake SWMBO had brought from Arizona.

Robert decided to make some whipped cream for the desserts.

The desserts were good as were multiple bottles of wine.  I think the end of the evening is best expressed in this picture of our host, who looks exhausted.

The Professor

Tomorrow, as we wind down our visit to California, I'll show you some last scenic pictures.  Stay tuned!


  1. Looks like you run with a very gifted group of friends. Artists, chefs, musicians, writers....your life seems very well rounded. Congrats! ;)


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    1. I know exactly how you feel, Bruce. On the rare occasions I get into exalted company I think "How did I get to be here?"

  3. Actually I think your host was "stuffed" the deserts alone being enough to command a nap, and you notice the wine glass was empty too!

  4. It sounds like a magnificent evening. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall watching it all.

  5. Oh, Stephen, I think you would have been more than welcome as a guest, not a fly.

  6. Sounds like a grand time was had by all.

  7. What a gourmet feast with friends! That's what life is really about.