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The first time I ate fregola pasta was in 2009 at Nancy Silverton’s restaurant Mozza. My friend Michele and I had gone there for our birthday dinner, and I wrote a detailed post about it. I had a lamb dish where the fregola and sauce were hidden under the slices of meat. It is so much fun to eat a new food for the very first time.

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Fregola is a type of pasta that originated on the Italian island of Sardinia. It is made from coarsely ground semolina and water, and has a deliciously nutty flavor because it is toasted in an oven. When you eat toasted bread, you know the flavor of the browned wheat dough? Well, that is the flavor of the fregola. Toasted. It is unusual and interesting. I got my fregola at Bristol Farms, and you can also get it on-line at Amazon.

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I made my fregola salad fairly simple this time, because it is part of an upcoming dish I’m making with lamb and tahini sauce. If you are serving it as a pasta salad or side, you could add roasted veggies, or olives and herbs. You could also use it as the pasta with your various pasta sauces. I am planning to use it in a Sardinian dish with squid and tomato sauce with currants. Very fun. I hope you try it.

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Egg.Onion.Potato

by Lynne on May 2, 2016

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I whipped up this plate of food for lunch one day and had no intention of writing about or shooting it. I had served it on one of my plates I usually use as a prop, thinking this fanciness would make me feel just so special. Well, it looked so beautiful that I decided to take a photo, for fun, you know? So I started eating and as I was enjoying my food bling, my mind began wondering when this dish was first eaten. When were these ingredients first paired together, or at least, could have been. So I decided to do some research to see if I could figure it out.

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Chinese Black Bean Butter Sauce

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The other day I was looking around my pantry and fridge for something to make for dinner that didn’t take hours and would use up what I had on hand.
I started with a bunch of celery from which I had taken one stalk for another dish. I had no plans for the rest of it, [...]

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Haricot Vert & Dandelion Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries and A Spunky Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

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If you are looking for a green salad to serve with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner this week, and by that I mean green beans and green greens, a celebration of the color green, this is the salad for you. Plus those Irish accents of bacon and Dubliner cheese. Yes, yes and yes.

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French Breakfast Puffs

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I first made French Breakfast Puffs around 1959 from my Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook. I guess that means I have been making them regularly for 57 years. I’d say it has to be a pretty damn good recipe to be kept in a cook’s repertoire for that long, and still be thoroughly enjoyed every single [...]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2015 ~ Your Favorites

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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. [...]

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Green Curry with Chicken & Thai Eggplant

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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 [...]

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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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