Balsamic-Lavender Lamb Chops

I love to write recipes with ingredients people would not normally associate with a dish such as cocoa or cinnamon as a spice in savory dishes (as opposed to the obvious sweet ones), and in this case lavender, a herb used for centuries that is… Keep Reading »

Roasted Leg of Lamb

My favorite Sunday lunch roast of all is a fragrant leg of lamb with Mint Sauce (or jelly when I’m feeling lazy). Roasts are surprisingly easy to do. It is by far and away the easiest way to feed a party of people…. Keep Reading »

Last Omnivore Standing

omnivore – an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances

Julie Anne Rhodes – the 2 year old omnivore

I feel like the last human omnivore standing. My ex went vegetarian years ago, my daughter is leaning that way these days, and I live in… Keep Reading »

Mediterranean Lamb Stuffed Peppers

A Mediterranean twist on stuffed peppers. Big juicy red and yellow peppers serve as colorful vessels for the cinnamon spiked lamb, sliced kalamata olives, and tomato sauce with oregano filling, topped off with salty Feta…. Keep Reading »

Lamb Chili

Chilly evenings call for chili in my household. Maybe it is just a reaction to my California client’s phobia to red meat, but I think the gaminess of lamb lends itself especially well to to this dish rich in spice and flavor. I took a… Keep Reading »

Jewels Shepherd’s Pie

In America we tend to confuse shepherd’s pie with cottage pie. The easy way to remember which is which is to think about the title – shepherds tend to sheep, so shepherd’s pie is the one with lamb and cottage pie is made with beef…. Keep Reading »

Rack of Lamb Provencal

This deliciously aromatic combination of fresh herbs and garlic take me right back to summers in the South of France, but it also happens to be one of my mother’s favorites, so I like to make it for Mother’s Day. Of course you can substitute… Keep Reading »

Rack of Lamb in Pomegranate-Mint Sauce

Looking for something scintillating and unusual with a hint of the exotic? This elegant dish goes down a storm when I do romantic dinners for two, and it’s festive enough for the holidays as well…. Keep Reading »

“Jewels” Loves Jewels

I earned my nickname from my ecstatic reaction to the jewels my ex husband would shower me with on special occasions. Sadly (insurance is so expensive these day) they were banished to the bank vault twenty years ago. I have periodic visitation days with the… Keep Reading »

Name That Santa Competition, WINNER!

Congratulations to, Alison Sherman of Glendale California , our Name That Santa Winner 2009! will be the first “Jewels” reader to sample my Jewels Cocoa Magic Grill Rub. Now here are the answers:

Santa 1: Julie Anne Rhodes

Santa 2: Nick Rhodes

Santa 3: Nick Rhodes

Santa 4: Roger… Keep Reading »


“Mommy, Mommy…you’ll never guess what color Daddy’s hair is now!” my 7 year old daughter excitedly reported over the telephone one day (while she was on tour with Duran Duran.)

Tatjana in the South of France

“What color Tatjana?” I replied a bit blase…after all, how many… Keep Reading »


With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off this week, and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix not long after, I can’t help reminiscing over the wonderful places, flavors, and memories of the Cote d’Azur.

I first visited the region with my parents and sister in 1974. Naturally, with… Keep Reading »