Top 10 Recipes of 2015 ~ Your Favorites

by Lynne on February 10, 2016

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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2015 was as great a year for you as it was for me and Cook & Be Merry. For everyone who visited my blog, Thank You.  And to all my great commenters, you are the absolute best! You make my day and make my blog so much more interesting. I have some really good recipes coming up in 2016 that should make you smile with happiness, so stay tuned as we enter year number seven of Cook & Be Merry.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular recipes of 2015 on Cook & Be Merry. Above is the #10 most popular recipe, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.

9 Black and White Checkerboard Cookies

#9 Black and White Checkerboard Cookies

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8 Scotch Eggs with Garlic Butter Parmesan Fries

#8 Scotch Eggs with Garlic Butter Parmesan Fries

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7 Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce

#7 Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce

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6 Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

#6 Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

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5 Huevos Rancheros

#5 Huevos Rancheros

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4 Oven Roasted Fries with Garlic Butter & Parmesan

#4 Oven Roasted Fries with Garlic Bitter & Parmesan

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3 Korean Dak Galbi

#3 Korean Dak Galbi ~ Chicken Stir-Fry in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru and Gochujang

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2 Mini Tart Shells, Food Art & an Optical Ilusion

#2 Mini Tart Shells, Food Art & An Optical Illusion

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1 Twisted Cookies ~ with Rolled-In Sugar

#1 Twisted Cookies ~ with Rolled-In Sugar.  I think Twisted Cookies will always be the #1 recipe on my blog. It has almost 70,000 pageviews and 100 comments, which is by far more than the second most visited post. The comments are really heartwarming, as visitors talk about how they remember their grandma or great aunt making these cookies when they were kids back in the day. It brings back nostalgic memories and they’re happy that they now have the recipe, maybe to pass on to their kids. *smile*

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Here’s to us in 2016. I wish you abundant happiness and prosperity.

Lynne xo

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Green Curry with Chicken & Thai Eggplant

by Lynne on January 9, 2016

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Oh my gosh! It’s January 2016!

It was almost Thanksgiving ….then whoosh, it was Christmas …then whoosh, it was New Year’s Eve! And now, all the hoopla is over, and I’m smooth sailing into 2016. Whew!

However, there will be no New Year’s resolutions at this time. No January grain bowls. No salads. No fruit and veggie smoothies. No sit-ups. No sirree. This may be Los Angeles, but it’s dreary, rainy (pouring) and cold (more like freezing) outside. I want something hot, substantial and filling, and then I’m curling up in my down comforter in front of the fire. So there.

This is where the Green Curry with Chicken & Thai Eggplant comes in. It fulfills the hot, substantial and filling criteria, but the flavors just rock you back on your heels. You take your first spoonful and you say stuff like Oh wow! Oh my god! Mmmm! as you quickly get another spoonful in. Every one of your taste buds is singing with happiness. And there is enough in the pot to have a second bowl. Oh yes. Crappy weather, you are so totally foiled!

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Pumpkin Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

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Thanksgiving is in two weeks and I am still working out my menu. But, for sure, this Pumpkin Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Filling will be one of the desserts. It looks cool, it has that creamy sweet middle, and it’s pumpkin-y. Oh yes. I found this recipe on the inside of the label on [...]

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Bacon & Hazelnuts

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We’re coming up on my favorite food holiday, Thanksgiving, and I for one have been looking for a new soup, salad or side to go along with the must-have traditional fare. I remembered a recipe for “Smashed Fried Sunchokes” over on Greg’s blog Sippity Sup and I became totally curious about this interesting root vegetable. [...]

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Scallion Pancakes Korean-Style with Lemon Soy Dipping Sauce

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I have found that sometimes I would really like to have a snack that has interesting textures and complex taste that is sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Do you ever get that craving, too? Well, scallion pancakes with lemon soy dipping sauce totally and exactly fills those requirements. Aren’t you the lucky one to find [...]

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Nectarine & Corn Salad with Lime Ginger Cilantro Vinaigrette

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Stone fruit and corn on the cob are piled high at the market now, celebrating the last soft days of summer. I wanted to create a salad using these wonderful foods with a zippy vinaigrette to complement their sweet flavors. According to my family members, I succeeded, in spades.

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Hawaiian SPAM Musubi

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I am now in my 70th year and this is the first can of SPAM that I have purchased in my entire life. My Mom never fed it to me as a child growing up in Minnesota in the 1950s, even though I was born in 1945, the year World War 2 ended. It was [...]

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Corn Pancakes with Almond Red Pepper Romesco

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Romesco, Romesco. Wherefore art thou, Romesco?
Ooops, I was getting a little silly there. I’m over it now. Continuing on….
Romesco sauce originated in Tarragona, Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. Fishermen made this sauce to eat with fish, but once made, it can be used in salads, with grilled veggies, meat, chicken, stirred into fish stews, tossed with [...]

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Moroccan Fish Tagine with Ginger & Saffron

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What is a tagine, anyway? Well, it’s a Moroccan cooking pot, the ones you’ve seen with the conical tops, and it’s also the dish that is cooked in said pot. However, you can also cook a tagine in a covered casserole, a Dutch oven or a crockpot. It’s a long braise over low heat, with [...]

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Three Bean Salad

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I think this is one of the best picnic and BBQ party salads of all time. It is one of those dishes that once you start eating it, you can’t stop, because there is something about that sweet vinegary garlicy flavor that is just addicting. It has soft beans, crunchy beans, celery and onions, plus [...]

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Panuchos ~ Tortillas filled with Black Beans topped with Achiote Chicken, Avocado & Habanero Salsa

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These Panuchos have been on my bucket list of recipes for over three years. They were on the cover of the March 2012 issue of Sunset Magazine, and the minute I saw those beautiful colors, I was hooked. The Yucatan-style tostadas are the specialty of Chef Gilberto Cetina at his L.A. restaurant Chichen Itza and [...]

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Thumbprint Cookies with Pecans & Raspberry Jam

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Hi everyone! I have just been through a harrowing 2 weeks, which had nothing to do with food, cooking or my blog. But I thought you might be interested in knowing why I haven’t been posting for such a long time.
My car was stolen! From right in front of my house!

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Shrimp & Cheesy Grits with Bacon & Tomatoes

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It was once again time to go through the pantry and check all the expiration dates, resulting in a number of Bob’s Red Mill grains that I need to use up pretty soon. White rice flour, spelt berries, semolina flour, wheat germ and corn grits. Don’t you just love Bob’s Red Mill products? I [...]

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Pecorino Potato Pops with Smokey Chipotle Sauce

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This recipe has been a total inspiration for me. It’s little Duchesse potato bites with the spicy smokey dipping sauce would make a yummy hors d’oeuvre, but the flavor notes of Pecorino Romano cheese and smoky paprika would suggest a French or Italian menu to follow. So then I started imagining the dinner party these [...]

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Thai Curry Beef Stew

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If you had to guess how much liquid is in a spoonful of soup, what would you say? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Well, when I eat this Thai Curry Beef Stew, I ask myself, how can so much flavor be contained in one little spoonful. How can there be such depth and complexity in that [...]

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