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Appetizers

Lamb & Shrimp Kabobs with Red Harissa

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I love lamb in all its guises. So when I ran across this Lamb & Shrimp Kabobs with Red Harissa recipe in an old copy of Bon Appetit magazine from July 2011, initially I was aghast. Lamb and shrimp? What were they thinking? I was horrified, incredulous, OMG it was so weird. Then I looked [...]

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Cauliflower Steak with Mushrooms & Hee Hee

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Ok, let’s get the obvious out of the way first: what in the heck is Hee Hee? I first learned about Hee Hee when I was watching Mario Batali give a cooking demonstration on YouTube. Hee Hee is that little salad garnish he puts on top of the food that makes it look more interesting [...]

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Orange Salad with Avocado Green Olive Salsa

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When I moved into my new house in June 2011, I was very happy to have all the mature trees, rose garden and an established lawn. The back yard had two big palm trees and two smaller green leafed trees which provided really nice shade. Well, I was busy moving in and unpacking, then working [...]

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Spicy Sausage Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

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Do you have your plans all ready for Super Bowl Sunday? Your guest list and your shopping list for all those goodies you’ll be chowing down on during the game. If you invited me to your house and had these little bits of pizza heaven stuffed in a mushroom waiting on the table, I would [...]

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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Chorizo & Goat Cheese Plus Beautiful Christmas Bokeh

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The week before Christmas I received an advertising brochure in the mail from my local Ralph’s Market with coupons and appetizer recipes. The photograph that accompanied this Bacon Wrapped Date recipe was taken really close-up, and if you didn’t know what it was, you never could have guessed. But the bacon was shiny with oil [...]

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White Fish Ceviche with Peruvian Aji Amarillo Peppers Marinated in Lime Juice and Ginger

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This recipe was inspired by the one tablespoon of Ceviche prepared by Mary Sue Milliken that I had at the Cadillac Culinary Challenge in October. It was served in a little plastic glass, but the taste impact of the Aji Amarillo Pepper Sauce was so profound I had to try to make it myself. I [...]

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Cadillac Culinary Challenge Oct 15, 2011, Irvine, CA Chef Mary Sue Milliken vs. Chef Yvon Goetz

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Aji Amarillo Ceviche by Chef Mary Sue Milliken
The Cadillac Culinary Challenge I attended took place on a beautiful, hot, Southern California day in the Irvine Spectrum Center courtyard next to the ferris wheel in a black open-sided tent. Inside there was a stage in front with two cooking counters for the two challengers, celebrity Chef [...]

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Kalamata Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Toasts

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I recently wrote a post about the book Chicken and Egg by Janice Cole and my fascination with keeping chickens. If I lived in a place where that was possible, I would have a whole flock, I think. So when Kim, of Rustic Garden Bistro, invited me to a little blogger get-together to see her [...]

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Blue Baby Potato Salad

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I have several ways I usually prepare potatoes: mashed, baked, fried, in latkes, in potato salad, Potatoes Anna, scalloped potatoes, the usual American fare. So when Frieda’s Specialty Produce Company contacted me and offered to send me some little potatoes, I decided I wanted to do something different with them, that I had never done [...]

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Chilled Leek and Zucchini Soup with Pancetta from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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The theme for the cooking class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen last Saturday was Concert in the Park Picnic, featuring dishes that could be make ahead of time and eaten at picnic temperature. The menu included this Chilled Leek and Zucchini Soup, Tuscan Picnic Chicken Wings, Mini-Red Bell Pepper & Pesto Bites, and Limoncello Squares. I hope [...]

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Tomatillo Albondigas Soup & Two Tomatillo Tales

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Tale One
One afternoon last week my doorbell rang, which was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting anyone. I opened the door and there stood a beautiful young woman with a toddler clinging to her knee, holding a huge platter piled with fresh vegetables. “Hi,” she said, “I’m your next door neighbor and I have a [...]

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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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Fried Green Tomatoes with Tomato Brown Sugar Chutney

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Have you ever gotten up in the morning and said to yourself, today I have got to make me some fried green tomatoes? Yeah, me neither. In fact I never even ate my first fried green tomato until I was about 45 years old, and it was this very recipe with the tomato chutney. I [...]

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Former Finger Food Freshly Found

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When I was looking through my appetizer recipes last week, trying to find something good to take to the FBLA meeting, I ran into a bunch of really fun things to eat. The recipes were mostly from the beginning of last year and the photos were less than stellar. Consequently, they weren’t accepted by the [...]

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Spanakopita & Food Bloggers LA February Meeting

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Last Saturday the FBLA (Food Bloggers Los Angeles) group got together to discuss the relationship between bloggers and PR people. And as we are all foodies, we all brought dishes for the buffet table to share. You can see in the photo above some of these marvelous creations.
I was so busy photographing everyone elses plates [...]

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