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Side Dishes

Green Beans & Grapes with Persillade

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Green beans and red grapes. The colors of our winter holidays. The jeweled tones of rubies and emeralds on your Thanksgiving table. Ho ho ho. And how do those sweet grapes fit in with the totally savory green beans? You would be astounded how well. What you can’t see is the butter, garlic, minced tarragon [...]

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Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Lemon & Honey

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I am still in Thanksgiving mode and working on my side dishes for the big feast. I really like this one, with the soft sweet butternut squash, the crunchy nutty quinoa and the nuggets of garbonzo chewiness. I love the herby note of cilantro and sweet honey lemon vinaigrette that ties the whole thing together.

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Cauliflower Roasted with Lemon Dijon Butter

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Do you look forward to Thanksgiving every year as much as I do?
It is the one time during the year I think about all those family dinners past, especially when I was a kid. It was when all those old (to me at the time) relatives came over, and drink in hand, told tales of [...]

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Witches Fingers & Apple Lips

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Witches Fingers. Troll Toes. Alien Eyeballs. Tomato Gremlins. Apple Lips. These are going to come in handy when Halloween rolls around. They will dress up your buffet table and give everyone the heebeejeebees. Didn’t you do a double take when you saw those fingers? If you need to bring some little goodies to a party, [...]

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Spring Rolls with 8 Dipping Sauces

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When I returned from my son’s wedding in May, after having my new daughter-in-law show me how to make spring rolls, I was totally enthralled with them. I made spring rolls every day for about two weeks with a variety of fillings, and I went on a quest for interesting dipping sauces to go with [...]

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Grilled Tomatoes with Red Yuzu Kosho and Sansho

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Ok, so you were intrigued with my Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette, had to make them, acquired both red and green yuzu kosho and made the recipe. Yea! But now you have the rest of the jar of that red stuff and are wondering what to do with it. Well, here is [...]

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Spinach Spaetzle & Butternut Squash Casserole From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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Last October I wrote about a Kitchen Casserole Class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and gave you the recipe for Reisling Chicken and Mushroom Casserole. The accompanying dish was this Spinach Spaetzle & Butternut Squash Casserole, which looked so beautiful on the plate and tasted really splendid.

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Gaufrette Potato Crisps & Traina Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

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Do you have a person in your life who asks what you want for Christmas, and no matter how obscure the item, goes out and ruthlessly discovers it, no matter how long it takes or what it costs? Well, that is the perfect description of my sister-in-law, Ann. I think she really enjoys the hunt [...]

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Cheddar & Bacon Biscuits

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was really happy because my son and daughter who live out of state, and my daughter-in-law, and my two grandkids were all in town together for the first time in many years. Last Saturday they called up and announced they were coming over for dinner. I guess when it’s your [...]

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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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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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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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Tomato & Zucchini Tian

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Today I went to the monthly meeting of my Food Bloggers Los Angeles group and the theme of our potluck was Tomatoes and Zucchini. Timely, I hope. I will be writing a separate post about all the great dishes we brought, with photos and links to the recipes.
I brought this Tomato and Zucchini Tian to [...]

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