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

April 12, 2014

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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DIY Gyoza Wrappers + My New Apartment

March 25, 2014

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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Witches Fingers & Apple Lips

October 13, 2013

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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Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Spicy Lime Aioli

September 6, 2013

I love leftovers. There’s just no two ways about it. And I swear, leftovers are the mother of invention, at least in my kitchen. So there I was, making a thousand spring rolls and my fridge was filled with 8 containers of different dipping sauces. And the recipes make a pretty fair amount, too. I [...]

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Fried Tomatillo Wedges with Apple Ham Vinaigrette & Cilantro Lime Aioli

August 25, 2013

Sunday. I am all alone in my house for the whole day. This doesn’t happen very often. When my eyes popped open this morning all I could think about was what I was going to cook. All by myself in the kitchen. Nobody interrupting me. No loud music blaring. No UFC match yelling and cheering. [...]

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Spring Rolls with 8 Dipping Sauces

August 13, 2013

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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Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Green Yuzu Kosho Pesto

July 29, 2013

I have really been enjoying cooking with this new-to-me ingredient, yuzu kosho. So far I have made Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette and Grilled Tomatoes with Red Yuzu Kosho and Sansho. Now, with this recipe we are using green yuzu kosho, which is made from green yuzu zest and green chiles, and is [...]

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Grilled Tomatoes with Red Yuzu Kosho and Sansho

July 11, 2013

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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Gaufrette Potato Crisps & Traina Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup

March 31, 2013

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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Danish Smørrebrød ~ Herring & Apples on Rye

March 10, 2013

I am very glad to be back, after not posting for almost two weeks. I was knocked out by a very debilitating virus from which I am still recovering. Also, I was without a camera, but now am the proud new owner of a Canon T4i. I am still learning how to use it to [...]

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Golden Orange Almond Biscotti Sprinkled With Turbinado Sugar

February 5, 2013

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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Three Cheese Stuffed Puff Pastry Pinwheels

January 28, 2013

Last year around this time my local Ralph’s Market sent out a little brochure with a great appetizer recipe, Bacon Wrapped Dates with Choriso & Goat Cheese. This year their brochure included these Cheesy Puff Pastry Pinwheels, which are stuffed with just about every ingredient that makes your tastebuds sing: artichokes, feta, kalamata olives, roasted [...]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2012

January 3, 2013

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

December 29, 2012

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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Spicy Korean BBQ Turkey Sliders with Sesame Ginger Slaw

December 16, 2012

My Food Bloggers Los Angeles group recently held their annual Cookie Exchange and Cookbook Swap at the home of Erika, of In Erika’s Kitchen. We were invited to bring 5 to 6 dozen cookies to share and as many cookbooks as we were willing to part with. One gal said she couldn’t part with any [...]

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