Monday, January 26, 2015


Let me start by saying that I created this dish loosely based on a recipe I received as part of a weight loss program. The units of measurements of the cinnamon, pepper and vinegar seem a bit high so I adjust them to my tastes. I suggest you do the same.
Bon appetit!

4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
juice of 1/2 an orange
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Dijon mustard (my favorite is Grey Poupon made with white wine)
1 tsp. vinegar
basil (fresh or dried)
Bragg sauce (optional)
 4 oz. Cruciferous Crunch (from Trader Joe's)

Place orange juice in a small frying pan or pot with cinnamon, pepper, Dijon mustard and vinegar over medium heat. Once mixture is very hot, add the chicken breast. Saute for a few minutes only. Then place chicken breast and basil on an aluminum foil tray and broil for a few minutes to desired wellness. There should be juice left in the saute pan and some in the tray after broiling. Combine and place aside.
In a large deep bowl, arrange the Cruciferous Crunch with a hole in the middle like a nest. Place the broiled chicken in the middle, pour juice over entire dish and add 2 - 3 squirts of Bragg if you wish.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Among The Stars - Diane Amos

You know you have made it in Hollywood when people stop you on the street because they recognize your work. This is happening to me more and more lately. So much so, I had to do a bit about it in my comedy act. I talk about the person who came up to me and said, "I know you, you're an actress. I just saw your commercial. Aren't you the Pine Sol Lady?" When the audience stops laughing, I say, "That's right baby. It's the Power of Pine Sol." More laughter. What most people don't know is, the Pine Sol Lady (Diane Amos) is a very good friend of mine. We met at the Phoenix airport somewhere around 1999 or the year 2000 when we were both scheduled to work as comics at a resort in Sonora Bay, Mexico. We hung out together for that whole week and have been buddies ever since. She actually lives in San Francisco, but comes to Los Angeles frequently to do Pine Sol spots and other work. Every time she's in town I feel like I'm on vacation. We do all my favorite things: hang out at hotels, eat, shop, laugh and play cards. She likes this card game called Slick which nobody else I know plays. I've been trying to beat her at it for years now. We always get together with her other girlfriends and we just have the best time. Diane is one of the most grounded and fo’ real sistas I know.

With all of her celebrity status she is never phony or pretentious. When we're together we talk about real life stuff: our families, some politics, current events or whatever is going on in the moment. We hardly ever talk about the business, toot our own horns and we definitely don't name drop or gossip. It's so refreshing to have a friend like that in this industry. I always know where I stand with her. This sista does not play.
What I learn from Diane is that you can make it in this industry and live a centered life. She is very sure about who she is: a wife, a mother, an actress, a good friend and so much more. 
After all these years of being friends, I finally had some time for a long visit with her and her family. It was right after Christmas for my birthday and New Years. Not only did I see San Francisco like never before but for my birthday she threw a party for me! My cousin was in town from Atlanta and she welcomed her with open arms & if that wasn’t enough, she performed stand-up on New Year’s Eve with two other comics I know. I was a great show and a great way to start the year.
I am so grateful to be a part of her sisterhood. Now that's the Power of Pine Sol baby.

An Actor's Library - STILL ALICE

I had heard about this book from a couple of people and had it on my book list. When I stumbled upon it in the bookcase where my mom lives, I thought it was a sign that I must read it, so I did. STILL ALICE is a beautifully written novel about an extremely high-functioning woman who has developed early on-set Alzheimer’s told from her point of view.
Becoming a recent caregiver for my mother who is showing signs of early memory loss herself, I have been learning all I can about this disease and how to care for her. I can easily identify with the characters in the book who are family members (especially the actress daughter), but what was most intriguing was how Lisa Genova was able to capture the experience from the afflicted person’s point of view. There were times when as a reader, I thought the author had made a mistake only to find out that we were seeing the world through the eyes of Alice.
I enjoyed reading the facts presented as a story and not clinically and it gives me hope that because there seems to be knowledge of what causes this disease, a cure must certainly be on the way.
This is not an easy road for anyone involved, but this novel lets us know we are not alone and reminds us of the compassion that is needed in helping our loved ones (and ourselves) through this.

Note:  Julianne Moore plays the renowned linguistics professor, Dr. Alice Howland, in the film.

Ask A Stage Goddess - TIP OF THE DAY

I have been inspired by author and producer Nikki Woods to video myself doing a behind the scenes Tip of the Day.
I got so excited by the idea that I offered myself a challenge: 30 Tips in 30 Days. It's becoming a glimpse at various moments and activities in my day to day life in Hollywood.
In this tip, I mention one of my favorite charities, A Window Between Worlds.
These little spots are short and sweet. I wouldn't mind if you took  moment to SUBSCRIBE or leave a comment on my YouTube channel and while you're there why not take a tour and enjoy some of my other videos.
Thanks for watching!