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Soups

Chile Verde with Pork & Ancho Chile Sauce

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If you have been following along with my story, you know I moved into an apartment last January. I looked at several in the area I wanted to live, but fell in love with mine immediately. It’s interesting how you just know when it is a match. You walk from room to room and it [...]

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Turkey Lentil Curry with Ginger & Garam Masala

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Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving turkey in your freezer? Do you enjoy the flavor profile of Indian spices? Then this soup is perfect for you. I had leftover turkey. Not as much as last year, thank goodness, but enough to make a couple of sandwiches and this delectable soup. I love the flavor of [...]

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Spicy Corn Bisque with Chorizo, Poblano & Lime

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Seventeen days until Thanksgiving. Making a bullet point list of things to get done, by day. Making a shopping list. Making some dishes ahead of time and freezing, like this Spicy Corn Bisque with Chorizo, Poblano & Lime. When I saw this recipe in the July 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine, I knew this was [...]

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Cauliflower & Chicken Soup with Rosemary

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You know how, on January 1st, you make your New Year’s Resolutions? Well, I made an October 1st Resolution, which was to use up all the frozen stuff in my freezer before I bought any more food. I went to put something in there the other day and realized I couldn’t fit in one more [...]

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Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint

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I have really been crazy for Asian curry soups lately. Recently I posted about a Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup, and now here I am again with a Vietnamese-style Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint. Both dishes contain fresh ginger, shallots, coriander and fish sauce, but the Thai Curry was flavored with guajillo chiles, [...]

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Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

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I was looking through the March 2013 Bon Appétit magazine and came to this photo of a soup showing noodles, chicken, cilantro and lime wedges. The broth looked redish and creamy. I had to make it. Any dish that has lime wedges squeezed over it is totally irresistible to me.
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Turkey Pho

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I have wanted to learn to make Pho (pronounced fuh) ever since I read about it several years ago.  But time flew by. You know how it is. So one day I was driving near my house and, lo and behold, I saw a  restaurant called Pho’ Hana that I had never noticed before. I [...]

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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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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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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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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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Fiesole Baby Purple Artichoke and Fresh Pea Soup

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The other day I got an email from Frieda’s Specialty Produce Company asking if I would like to try some of their new little fancy purple Fiesole artichokes grown by Baroda Farms in Lompoc, California. Well, that was a no-brainer. Of course!! They were part of a promotion with Ralphs supermarkets and Maria’s Kitchen April [...]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day

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I am writing my story about Corned Beef and Cabbage today, because on St. Patrick’s Day I was cooking, photographing and eating my Corned Beef. And no, I didn’t cook my Corned Beef before St. Patrick’s Day or last year so I could just re-post. Actually, I made my Corned Beef in anticipation of the [...]

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Homemade New England Common Crackers

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When I was writing my post about New England Clam Chowder, I kept running across the instructions that it should authentically be served with Common Crackers. I had no idea what they were. After all, I grew up in Minnesota, lived in Chicago and moved to L.A., where I have been ever since. I went [...]

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New England Clam Chowder

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The first time I ever saw a clam, I was about 5 years old, living with my Mom, Dad and little brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My father was very into fishing, which a lot of people are in Minnesota, as it is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, in this case he had been [...]

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