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Desserts and Pastry

Orange Marmalade Cake with Currants

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I do believe this is the orange-y-est cake you will ever eat. If you like the flavor of orange, this Orange Marmalade Cake will send you into absolute orange bliss. It contains not only orange juice, but orange liqueur, orange zest, orange marmalade and orange syrup. Plus there is a dollop of marmalade on top. [...]

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Springtime Apricot Cake at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

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Springtime Apricot Cake was the dessert recipe for the recent Easter Family Brunch class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach. This wonderful cake was the ending to a delicious luncheon which also included Easter Banana Muffins, Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad, and “Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin. Grace-Marie has always made such good desserts [...]

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White Chocolate Orange Scones

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I have been making this scone recipe since around 1996, as I recall. I don’t remember where the original recipe came from and it has gone through several permutations. This is my favorite Sunday morning breakfast, accompanied by a big cup of great coffee. I only eat them on Sunday, so I look forward to [...]

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Cranberry Hand Pies

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So, I was sitting here, trying to figure out what I was going to say about these Cranberry Hand Pies, and the only thing I could think of was that they are Freaking Amazing!! My pies are inspired by a recipe in a Bon Appetit Magazine from a while ago and the accompanying photo [...]

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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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Hawaiian Custard Cake with Pineapple Caramel Sauce from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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I was looking at the schedule for which class I would visit next at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and Wicky-Wacky Luau just jumped off the page. I knew there would be really interesting recipes and as I have never been to Hawaii, undoubtedly dishes I had never tasted before. Grace-Marie always has intriguing and new ingredients [...]

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Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

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It was the dark of night and there I was in the kitchen making cheesecake bars to take to my July Food Bloggers Los Angeles meeting the next morning. Sometimes time doesn’t work in your favor. You get busy. You have lots of commitments. But I wanted to go to the FBLA meeting on Saturday [...]

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Patricia Rose and Fresh Food in a Flash ~ Presents Weekday Dinners Cooking Class

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I love going to cooking classes, especially when they are participation and the students do the cooking. So when my friend and fellow food blogger Patricia Rose, of the blog Fresh Food in a Flash, invited me to her cooking class, I was really happy to go along and photograph the whole thing. Her Weekday [...]

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Chocolate Pavlovas & Cheesecake Mousse with Strawberry Balsamic Compote from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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On a recent Saturday, a Chocoholics Party was held at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen for those smitten with all permutations of desserts: chocolate. On this special day we were feted with Cherry-Almond Chocolate Truffles, Italian Piedmont Chocolate Pear Tart, Chocolate Crepes filled with Chocolate Espresso Mousse, and Chocolate Pavlovas & Cheesecake Mousse topped with Strawberry Balsamic Compote. [...]

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Chocolate Crepes with Chocolate Espresso Mousse from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one food forever, and your answer is chocolate, then this was the class for you. Last Saturday Grace-Marie held a Chocoholics Party, which included four fantastic chocolate confections, Cherry-Almond Chocolate Truffles, Italian Piedmont Chocolate Pear Tart, Chocolate Pavlovas with Strawberry Balsamic Compote, and [...]

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Golden Orange Almond Biscotti Sprinkled With Turbinado Sugar

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Here I am, still posting about what I made for my Christmas dinner. And this is not the last one either. I hope you don’t mind. We really enjoyed these Biscotti for dessert with ice cream and sherbet. After a big meal – and we were stuffed – biscotti are a light, sweet end [...]

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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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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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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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