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Comfort Food

Baked Chicken with Sauce Soubise

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Ok, let’s get this out of the way first. Sauce Soubise (pronounced soo-beez) is a variation of béchamel sauce, one of the five mother sauces of French classical cuisine. Originally soubise was made of béchamel, onion puree and cream. It is named after Charles de Rohan, Prince de Soubise (a town in France), who [...]

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Plum Nectarine Oatmeal Crisp

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I never make dessert for myself. Not only for the calorie component, but I’m just not into sugary stuff that much. As you may recall, I am the buttered popcorn queen. But for the last BBQ of the grilling season over Labor Day, I had to make something yummy for my guests and this was [...]

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Huevos Rancheros

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Ok, let’s face it, I’m culturally deprived. Here I am, I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 1972, where there are more Mexican restaurants per capita second only to Mexico itself and I have never eaten Huevos Rancheros. Can you believe it? Everyone I know has eaten it, if not made it themselves and every blogger [...]

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Homemade Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns

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Grilling Season 2013 is here!! Yea!! I was so happy a couple of weeks ago to clean off my grill and get it ready. I had a friend over for dinner and made my BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. Yum. There is nothing that compares to that black char on grilled food. Do we salivate because [...]

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Port Wine Pudding Cake

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The recipe for this cake was given to me by my father-in-law, Grandpa Cyril and it is one that I treasure. Cy passed away several years ago just before Thanksgiving and we all think about him during the holidays now. This guy loved to cook and he put on a Thanksgiving feast every year for [...]

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A 26 Pound Turkey & 12 Pounds of Turkey Meat

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This year for Thanksgiving 2012, in anticipation of the small number of guests I was expecting, I bought a 12 pound turkey on the Monday before. I put it in the fridge to thaw so it would be ready to roast on Thursday. I stuck it in the back so it was out of the [...]

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How I Make My Turkey Gravy

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you have a great Turkey Day, complete with Family, Friends and your favorite Holiday Food. I am going to be making a turkey, turkey gravy, mashed parsnip potatoes, broiled parmesan broccoli, greenbeans with red grapes and persillade, and that standby: canned jellied cranberries. I have already made my Shrimp & [...]

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Shrimp & Ham Cornbread Stuffing

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Ok, so you are immediately scratching your head, wondering what in the heck is going on with these photographs, right? I am in the middle of a nightmare over here. I got a new computer with Windows 7 and I couldn’t get my Photoshop Elements 7 to work correctly with it. Something about 64 bit [...]

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Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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Last Saturday Grace-Marie was having her Autumn Kitchen Casserole Party at the Cooking School at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach and I was really looking forward to it. I love a good casserole, especially when I have to feed a crowd, like around the holidays. I could hardly wait to see what yummy dishes were [...]

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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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Simply Made Chicken Soup with Comté Croutons From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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I recently got an email from Grace-Marie asking if I would come down to the school and help prep for one of her classes as she was short a helper for her Dinner at Six class. Well, when Grace-Marie calls, I hie. I usually don’t go to the classes at night because there is no [...]

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My Mom’s Goulash

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This whole story starts with me looking at the grocery list on the kitchen counter and seeing that a family member has written MAYO. Well, at our house, mayo is one of the staples that we do not want to run out of. In fact, it is one of the items that I always have [...]

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Pecorino Romano Meatballs & Spaghetti

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If I was Italian, I might be calling this dish Pasta with Sunday Gravy. But I’m Norwegian, Danish, French and German, so I get to call it the American name, Spaghetti and Meatballs. But whatever it’s called, I had a big craving to make some and eat it all up ASAP. We had a guest [...]

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Really, Really Good Brownies ~ Bourbon-Doused with Black & White Icing

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I rarely crave chocolate. Not my thing. But about a week ago I got this yen for brownies. You know, rich, fudgy, dense, intensely chocolate. So I dug around for this old recipe of mine, and rediscovered it had whiskey poured over it. Whoa, I forgot about that part.  But even better.
So I went to [...]

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Twisted Cookies ~ With Rolled-In Sugar

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My Mom and I made Twisted Cookies for the first time in 1959 from a recipe printed on the inside of a cake yeast wrapper. My Mom made bread from scratch, without a recipe, and this tricky and unique recipe using yeast was right up her alley. When I left home and married, this recipe [...]

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