From Me to You...

So many memories when we think about our mothers and all of the influences they’ve had on us. My mother started going back to college when my brother and I were in elementary school. That was very unusual at the time. She went on to get all three degrees.We actually graduated from UCLA at the same time, she with her doctorate, and I with my bachelor’s degree. She was an expert in early childhood education who wrote textbooks and ended up teaching

university students.

My Italian mother-in-law, Mary, devoted her life to raising her family,

first in Chicago, then in Las Vegas and finally, Long Beach. She had this wonderful recipe for Chicken Cacciatore. She always made her recipes exactly the same. Here it is. It’s so easy to make and delicious to serve.

Mary’s Chicken Cacciatore

1 (2 to 2-1/2 lb) chicken, cut up

1 14 oz. bottle catsup

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

Olive oil

Flour, with your favorite seasonings added such as garlic powder, parsley, and Italian Herb seasoning to taste.

1. Drop pieces of chicken into a plastic or brown bag with the seasoned flour. Coat well.

2. Sauté the onion in hot olive oil in a skillet until translucent. Add the chicken pieces and move them around in the pan until browned.

3. Mix in the vegetables.

4. Pour the catsup over the chicken and vegetables. Cover the pan.

5. Simmer one hour until tender. Stir every so often.

6. Serve with steamed white rice.


Los Angeles County puts out a resource guide for seniors. One interesting resource is Golden Talk. It is listed as an online chat and crisis line for adults, 60 years of age, and older.

In Santa Monica, we are fortunate to have Wise & Healthy Aging. It is an organization with a myriad of services for seniors. They have a newsletter which will keep you posted on classes, lectures, exercise programs, computer training, travelogues, book clubs, health lectures, and more. You can contact them by calling 310-857-1527.

Be sure to visit the Santa Monica History Museum to see the exhibit on the history of the Pico Neighborhood created by Carolyne and Bill Edwards with the museum staff. It runs through December 23.

Please send photos of your dads with members of your family for our next issue. Email them to Be sure to label who is in the photo.

Thinking of my mom, Edy Margolin, on Mother’s Day and every day.

By Diane Margolin


The Santa Monica Star

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