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My Vintage Russel Wright American Modern Plate

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I was paging through the recent Martha Stewart magazine and on the very last page was an article about the Bauer Pottery Company and their relaunch of the Russel Wright American Modern line of pottery, which in the mid-20th century was the most popular dinnerware in the U.S. I read the short article and after [...]

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The Food of Camp Blogaway 2013

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Last May, over the Memorial Day Weekend, I attended Camp Blogaway for the fourth year and it was as fun, informative, inspiring, stimulating and full of blogging friends as the first time I went. However, this time around I decided to focus my story on the food. I mean, this was a food bloggers conference [...]

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Chef Paul McCullough’s Cookbook… Roma-therapy

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I am very excited to finally be writing about Chef Paul McCullough and Jeremy Stanford’s cookbook Roma-therapy. Last October I took you to the photo shoot for this book and so many of you were wondering when you would actually be able to hold it in your hands. The answer is now! When I received [...]

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My Oldest Son’s Wedding and I Learn to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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On Saturday May 18, 2013, after a 10 year courtship and engagement, FINALLY, my son and his fiancé got married! Yea! I flew from LAX to the Sacramento Airport on Thursday night and on Friday spent the day helping get their house ready for the wonderful backyard wedding they had planned. Part of the Friday [...]

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My Kitchen Tool Drawers

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When you go to a friend’s house, you can easily see what tools they keep on their kitchen counters. But pulling out their drawers to check out their cooking gadgets probably wouldn’t be too cool. It is an unspoken rule. No snooping in other people’s drawers and cupboards, without their permission, of course. But [...]

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My Food Photographs as Art ~ A Homage to My T1i

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Well, here I am without a camera. On Friday, my trusty Canon Rebel T1i was sent off to the Canon Factory Hospital for a diagnosis and an estimate. I knew something was wrong when I had to shoot those Orange Biscotti on two different days, taking about 100 photos and none of them were in [...]

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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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Chef Paul McCullough’s Cookbook Photo Shoot

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Remember back in 2007 on The Next Food Network Star, there was that cute young Hollywood Celebrity Chef and Caterer Paul McCullough, that everyone was sure was going to be the winner? Even Anthony Bourdain. And then it got to the Iron Chef Challenge with only four contestants left and he was eliminated that night! [...]

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In Erika’s Kitchen Presents Trufflepalooza 2012

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Last Saturday was the third Trufflepalooza I have attended, created and produced by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen. This year we were treated to 20 amazing truffle-infused dishes, each more delicious than the last, made with grated fresh truffles, truffle butter, truffle salt, truffle honey, truffle vinegar, truffle oil or a combination. Erika calls [...]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2011

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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2011 was as great a year for you as it was for me and Cook & Be Merry. To 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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The Halloween Pumpkin That Won the Prize!

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My husband, Scott, created this work of art for his company’s pumpkin carving contest. And he won the prize! Congratulations!!
See the Halloween Pumpkin for 2012!

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26 Food Porn Sites that are Not TasteSpotting

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The last 8 photos I submitted to TasteSpotting were declined. I was disappointed, naturally, because getting my photos accepted does wonders for my traffic. However, since the people who view TasteSpotting also view FoodGawker, where 6 of those same photos were accepted, I figured it was TasteSpotting’s loss.
When Sarah Gim, who runs TasteSpotting, spoke at [...]

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An Award and 7 Random Facts About Me

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Recently I was honored to receive the “One Lovely Blog” award from the wonderful blog Engineer and an Oven. Thank you so much, Caroline! I have enjoyed creating my blog so much and sharing my recipes and stories with all of you!

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In Erika’s Kitchen Presents Trufflepalooza 2011

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Last Saturday I attended the third annual Trufflepalooza, a totally truffle-infused party given by Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen. About 75 people were served 16 dishes which had some form of truffle goodness in each recipe, such as grated fresh truffles, truffle butter, truffle salt, truffle honey, truffle oil or a combination. Erika must be [...]

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10 Things I Forgot I Had

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If you have been following my blog, you know that I moved recently after 18 years in my previous house. Going through everything, preparing to pack, was like an archeological dig, particularly the closets and the garage. I had boxes I hadn’t opened since we moved in there, or I discovered things that had disappeared [...]

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