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Appetizers

Top 10 Recipes of 2012

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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2012 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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Food Bloggers L.A. Holiday Cookie Exchange 2012

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If you are looking for a last minute cookie recipe for your New Year’s celebration, you have come to the right place. Have you ever seen so many cookies in one place in your life? I have to admit, I haven’t and it was amazing to behold. This was the Food Bloggers Los Angeles Holiday [...]

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Spicy Korean BBQ Turkey Sliders with Sesame Ginger Slaw

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My Food Bloggers Los Angeles group recently held their annual Cookie Exchange and Cookbook Swap at the home of Erika, of In Erika’s Kitchen. We were invited to bring 5 to 6 dozen cookies to share and as many cookbooks as we were willing to part with. One gal said she couldn’t part with any [...]

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Spinach Crepe Spirals with Cream Cheese, Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic and Lemon Zest

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Recently I was invited to an early Thanksgiving event and I needed to bring a dish for the buffet. I wanted to make something that could be put together the night before, because I am barely coherent in the morning and I needed to leave my house at 10AM. These Spinach Crepe Spirals are perfect, [...]

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Cinnamon-Sugared Pumpkin Donut Holes

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Last Sunday was my Food Bloggers Los Angeles (FBLA) meeting for October, which I was fully planning to attend. And then my life went sideways, you know what I mean, and I couldn’t make it. I made these Cinnamon-Sugared Pumpkin Donut Holes and they were ready to go. Everyone was bringing a dish with pumpkin [...]

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Mushroom Stuffed Duchesse Potato Skins

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Today is October 12th. That means in a couple of days it will be Halloween and a couple of days after that, Thanksgiving, and a couple of days after that, Christmas. Time flies, doesn’t it?
So I was thinking about what to cook for the holidays, especially appetizers. I like them because I can make a [...]

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Parmesan Panko Zucchini Fries

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One of the first restaurants I went to when I moved to California in 1972 was The Kettle in downtown Manhattan Beach. My friend who took me there insisted we order their Zucchini Sticks, because they were fabulous dipped in Ranch Dressing. The Kettle is still there, 39 years later, and guess what? Zucchini Sticks [...]

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Watermelon Salad with Edible Flowers & Basil-Mint Sauce

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I am such a sucker for grill marks. There is something about them that makes my artist’s eye really happy and quivery. I have been seeing grilled or fried cheese just about everywhere and really wanted to try my hand at it. Halloumi cheese seems to be the one most frequently chosen for grilling because [...]

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Poached Egg, Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus & Frisée Salad with Romesco Sauce

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Do you remember last June, when I was making Pistachio and Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes and I told you Kim, from Rustic Garden Bistro, came for lunch and brought me fresh many-hued eggs from her very own chickens? Well, I wanted to make something really special with them and I think this Roasted Asparagus and [...]

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Cool Watermelon and Hatch Chile Gazpacho ~ From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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Last Saturday I attended The Red Hat Society Tea at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach. I was very excited to meet the Red Hat ladies, because I had missed their luncheon last year. Grace-Marie always adds one red ingredient to every recipe she makes in their honor, so I knew the dishes [...]

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Fried Tofu and Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru, Ginger and Sesame

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I have really been enjoying this Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce lately. I have made a big container of it several times and slathered it over every food in sight. I mean, listen to the ingredients: soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and gochugaru, which is Korean red pepper powder. [...]

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Grilled Zucchini & Anchovy Garlic Caper Sauce

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It’s that time of year, when the abundance of zucchini begins to appear. My readers are searching my site for zucchini recipes, so I would like to add another for your review. And by the way, if anyone has zucchini they want to anonymously leave on my doorstep, I live in Torrance, California. This [...]

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Tomato Bruschetta

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The other day, when I was writing my post about Blueberry Pie, I decided it was time for lunch. I looked around in the kitchen and couldn’t find a thing I wanted to eat. It was just one of those days. I didn’t want to take time to make something involved, just something simple. So [...]

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Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

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I am so excited to be making Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with blossoms from my own garden! The garden babies are no longer babes, but full grown and pumping out those big orangy-yellow beauties. As you can see in the photo above, the colors are stunning and the engineering of the curves is amazing. I [...]

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Pistachio and Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes Drizzled with Honey & Black Pepper

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“Peel me a grape, daw-ling.” That is almost what I was feeling as I was making these cute little appetizers. Each one is painstakingly coated with the goat cheese mixture, which is chilled and firm to begin with, and then gets sticky from the warmth of your fingers as you go along. If you are [...]

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