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Mary "Klibs" Dralle started to cook for her family when she was 12 years old and her grandmother, Helen Dralle, came out to her Southern California kitchen for a vacation. She taught Mary how to make one basic cookie recipe and then told her to master that one recipe and then use it to make other cookies. That was the start of something wonderful, expanding one recipe into several versions. During her teenage years, Mary supplemented her income by babysitting and house-sitting. This led to reading cookbooks and writing down recipes, modifying them and trying them out on her family as it was her responsibility to do the grocery shopping and meal preparation. Thus, the love of cooking began. While in college, she was a nanny to a couple of families and introduced many a wild dish, like Eggplant Parmesan, to the children which would later become requested favorites.

Upcoming Cooking Demonstrations - As a former QC Chemist and chef, Mary explains how you are a scientist every time you are in your own kitchen

Come join me on 9/27/14 to taste my Lavender White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 As The San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates ‘All Things Growing…Our Agriculture Heritage’ with the 6th Annual Battle of the Lima and Other Beans Cook Off on Saturday, September 27. Local chefs, , both amateur and professional,  can use any dry bean to create their astoundingly creative Lima Bean dishes. Prizes will be awarded to the top dishes served. Last year, hundreds of locals experienced and enjoyed the Lima Bean Faire, so come early to be sure you get to taste all the entries!


POWER OF THREE - Gluten Free

Saturday, October 11, 2 – 4:30 pm

Join Chefs Elizabeth Podsiadlo, Mary Dralle and Patty Mekita for an informative and delicious afternoon of Gluten Free Recipes. Learn how to prepare a Rosemary Scone with Lemon Curd, plus an award winning Quinoa Salad made using Three Sisters bean, corn and pumpkin seeds. Also featured is a layered sweet potato and russet potato casserole with herbs and apples. As a grand finale, a traditional Macaroon recipe made gluten free with a few simple ingredients you can keep on hand. Everyone will enjoy these wonderful recipes - even those that aren’t gluten free!

Cost: Members $30, Non-members $36.

Register by October 3.


Cookin with Klibs Presents an Autumn flavored cooking class at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens

With Thanksgiving around the corner it is time to discover some American recipes that are slightly different from the standard fare –
Flavorful Brined Poultry, Spice Sweet Potatoes Anna, Cranberry Port Relish, and Apple with Seasoned Walnut Salad served with Mulled Cranberry Juice

Tasting Samples and Recipes

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11 am – 1 pm

Where: 2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Cost per class: Preferred Customer Advance Price: $25,

Walk-In: $30.

Reservations for the class are requested kindly by Thursday, 11/13/14 at 12:00 to better prepare the amount of food required for attendees

Reserve your plate  by calling Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens,(760) 728-5340

Scheduling an In-Home Paella Cooking Demonstration

Chef Mary 'Klibs" Dralle has just started up in-home Paella cooking demonstatrations complete with four Tapas.  Drop a line to missklibs1@netzero for help with the next big dinner party and find out how a little bit of planning can be used to entertain your family and friends.

New Mexico Dry Rub . . . A Little Bit Goes Along Way

For the past five years, Mary has offered a unique blend of spices that taste great on a number of dishes.  With each bottle of New Mexico Dry Rub, there is a cooking pamphlet with several recipes to spice up you next meal.  For ordering information and delivery within San Diego County, please send email to