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Avocado Toast with Furikake and Shichimi

August 11, 2016

Ah, avocado toast… what used to be a simple fast breakfast has become a trend featured in magazines and available on restaurant menus. With a fried egg on top, of course.
So I decided to give you my take on avocado toast. Drizzled with soy sauce and sprinkled with Furikake or Shichimi. Avocado and soy sauce [...]

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Chinese Black Bean Butter Sauce

April 7, 2016

The other day I was looking around my pantry and fridge for something to make for dinner that didn’t take hours and would use up what I had on hand.
I started with a bunch of celery from which I had taken one stalk for another dish. I had no plans for the rest of it, [...]

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Green Curry with Chicken & Thai Eggplant

January 9, 2016

Oh my gosh! It’s January 2016!
It was almost Thanksgiving ….then whoosh, it was Christmas …then whoosh, it was New Year’s Eve! And now, all the hoopla is over, and I’m smooth sailing into 2016. Whew!
However, there will be no New Year’s resolutions at this time. No January grain bowls. No salads. No fruit and veggie [...]

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Scallion Pancakes Korean-Style with Lemon Soy Dipping Sauce

September 28, 2015

I have found that sometimes I would really like to have a snack that has interesting textures and complex taste that is sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Do you ever get that craving, too? Well, scallion pancakes with lemon soy dipping sauce totally and exactly fills those requirements. Aren’t you the lucky one to find [...]

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Hawaiian SPAM Musubi

August 9, 2015

I am now in my 70th year and this is the first can of SPAM that I have purchased in my entire life. My Mom never fed it to me as a child growing up in Minnesota in the 1950s, even though I was born in 1945, the year World War 2 ended. It was [...]

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Thai Curry Beef Stew

April 5, 2015

If you had to guess how much liquid is in a spoonful of soup, what would you say? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Well, when I eat this Thai Curry Beef Stew, I ask myself, how can so much flavor be contained in one little spoonful. How can there be such depth and complexity in that [...]

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Gamjatang ~ Korean Pork Bone & Potato Soup

October 29, 2014

I have really been enjoying cooking and eating Korean food lately. I am totally smitten with the red pepper powder (gochugaru) and red pepper paste (gochujang), and Dak Galbi is one of my most favorite recipes of all time. Recently I decided to make my Dak Galbi even more authentic by adding Perilla leaves; however, [...]

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Korean Dak Galbi ~ Chicken Stir-Fry in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru and Gochujang

August 18, 2014

Before we jump into the recipe in this post, I have some fist-pumping news. My little blog, Cook & Be Merry, launched in January of 2010, recently hit one million pageviews. That’s 1,000,000. If you had told me when I first started that I would hit that number in my lifetime, I would have fallen [...]

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Thai Beef Salad from Patricia Rose at Fresh Food in a Flash Cooking Class

July 14, 2014

I am a cooking class junky. I love going to cooking classes. So imagine my happiness when I was recently invited to the Main Dish Salads Cooking Class by Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash. Her classes are hands-on and it is so fun to watch her students preparing her recipes, cutting and [...]

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Pork Pot-Stickers with Lemon Soy Ginger Sauce

April 30, 2014

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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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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Tofu & Soba Salad with Peanut Sauce

February 6, 2014

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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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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