On the Red Carpet: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

A couple of days ago MCCN posted a written review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs based on the popular story book.  In the posting we suggestedplaces in Los Angeles area which serve meatballs.  No matter where you are in the world this is an opportunity for a great family outing of Spaghetti & Meatball dinner and a movie. If we didn’t convince you the first time around to see this film then maybe what the celebs have to say about meatballs and the film will do it:

Potato Latke Recipe



  • 2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil


  1. Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

*Often served with Applesauce.

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Kosher Foods

Kosher food is food that meets Jewish dietary laws, or kashrut, which comes from the Hebrew word for “fit” or “proper.” Any food can be called kosher food if it adheres to Jewish law, or halacha. Conversely, foods typically labeled as “Jewish” aren’t necessarily kosher. Jewish foods are generally those dishes that are traditionally Jewish. Kreplach, cholent, kugel, latke, and kishka are all traditionally Jewish foods, but if they are not prepared in accordance with kashrut, they will not be kosher food.

* The list of Kosher foods can be rather extensive for more information visit:


Hairspray-Visit Cafe Hon in Baltimore where Art Imitates Baltimore, Hon


by Crystal A. Johnson

Although, I am a native New Yorker I did live in Baltimore for a number of years.  There is a definite culture to Baltimore.  If you are transplant living in Baltimore you know this for sure.  The accent of many natives drops the T in the pronunciation of Baltimore emitting a sound more reminiscent to “Balmer.”   Filmmaker Jonathan Waters brings all the color and much of what is unique about his hometown to life in the story Hairspray, a wildly successful movie and broadway show.

(New Line Cinemas)




Fans of the film visiting B-more, there is a town called Hampden where a popular restaurant called Cafe Hon is located. The hair of your waitress is likely to be big and you wonder if you have been transported to the 5o’s.  Diners are still a popular cultural trend in Baltimore. The Barry Levinson film entitled, The Diner took place there.

purplehaired ladies

*Read the Review of Cafe Hon with a Bonus Review of a really cool spot called Darker than Blue(Unbelievable Catfish/Paella)


NBA Star Ron Artest Shares a Food Favorite with MCCN

Ron Artest

While on the red carpet for the premiere of Surrogates starring Bruce Willis, MCCN asked LA Laker star Ron Artest what food he would never let a surrogate eat for him.  He answered, “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.”  We asked, “Would you like them Homemade?” He replied no, sharing with us the name of popular store which has a bakery section that bakes his favorite.










See video of Artest replying where he gets his favorite cookies:


An American Invention, The Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate chip cookies on a weathered wood background

Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in 1930 at the Toll House inn she and her husband Keneth ran near Whitman, Massachusetts. Like a bed and breakfast she made food for her guests. One evening in 1937 she got the idea to make a chocolate butter cookie so she broke up one of the bars of semi-sweet chocolate that Andrew Nestle gave her. She thought that it would mix together with the dough & make all chocolate cookies . Needless to say, it didn’t. However the cookies came out decent so she served them. They of course were so good they had to be done again. She published the recipes in several newspapers and the recipe became very popular.

For More on this interesting story and the original recipe for the chocolate chip cookie then click on the link below:

Learn more about Ruth Wakefield

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

(from About.com)



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • softened 1/2 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup semisweet chocolate chips





Preheat oven to 375°.

  • Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light. Add the egg and mix until fluffy.
  • Blend the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together well. Add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips.
  • Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375°.

MCCN Reviews: D’Cache Latin Fusion Cuisine in Toluca Lake,CA

DCache restaurant
Review by Crystal A. Johnson
D’Cache Restaurant not just a place to eat but it is an exotic romantic experience. The food, live music and décor fuse to make this Latin fusion cuisine spot one of the best dining experiences in LA. Located on 10717 Riverside Dr., don’t let the big sign and the inconspicuous entry way fool you. Once entering the walkway to the 1928 Spanish Mission style building, things start to change as you see the beautiful water fountain. When entering through the doors you are transported to a romantic and elegant European spot.   Goodbye to Toluca Lake….  (Click link Below to read rest of review)