Pork Pot-Stickers with Lemon Soy Ginger Sauce

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About a month ago I showed you how to make your own gyoza wrappers, and then I left you hanging. You were probably thinking to yourself… but, but, but…what about filling and cooking them? Well, truly, I wouldn’t leave you in the lurch like that, but after I made them it was dark outside, so [...]

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Rib-Eye Carpaccio with Salmoriglio Oregano Sauce

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In my experience, there are two kinds of beef people. On one side of the spectrum are the rare or medium rare guys, who want theirs soft and red, possibly still kicking. And waaay on the other side, the well-done guys, who for some unfathomable reason, want theirs gray throughout with the texture of leather. [...]

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“Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin with Asparagus & Prosciutto from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

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“Croque-Madame” Brunch Gratin was the entrée recipe for the Easter Family Brunch class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. I have to say, this Gratin was one of the best things I have eaten recently, with buttery crusted bread topped with Swiss cheese, prosciutto, asparagus, béchamel and a beautiful egg [...]

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Brunch Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and A 20 Year Anniversary

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Easter Family Brunch was the theme of the Lunch With Friends class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. Who doesn’t look forward to a holiday brunch, with delicious dishes set out on the board and you get to fill your plate to your heart’s content and your tummy’s satisfaction. The [...]

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Chocolate Pecan Rugelach with Apricot Preserves

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You know how it is when you move, all the friends and relatives want to come over and see the new place. I wasn’t quite up to a full-blown dinner party, but I did want to have some nice little tea and crumpets for them to nosh on, after the grand tour. Lol. The grand [...]

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DIY Gyoza Wrappers + My New Apartment

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Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a little flour and water? I wanted to make pot-stickers, but I’m not that big a fan of factory-made wonton and gyoza wrappers, so I decided to make my own. They turn out great and are really worth the time and effort. To me, wonton wrappers are [...]

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Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

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I just put my corned beef brisket in the oven and I am so excited to be preparing for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This year I decided to make soda bread to accompany the corned beef, potatoes and cabbage. Such wonderful dishes to remind us of the Auld Sod.
The old authentic recipe for soda [...]

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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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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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Tofu & Soba Salad with Peanut Sauce

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I moved. I divested. I am about a ton lighter in possessions and I feel great. Lean and mean. Moving is such a bitch, but when it’s over, such sublime relief. *Big sigh*

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Top 10 Recipes of 2013 ~ Reader’s Choice Awards

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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2013 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 [...]

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Happy Holidays & Thank You!

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Dear Friends, thank you so much for all your visits this past year and to those of you who left comments, you’re the best. I am so heartened by the way we all connect over food and cooking, and I’m so happy to belong to this universal village. It is so amazing to realize that [...]

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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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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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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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