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Thumbprint Cookies with Pecans & Raspberry Jam

May 26, 2015

Hi everyone! I have just been through a harrowing 2 weeks, which had nothing to do with food, cooking or my blog. But I thought you might be interested in knowing why I haven’t been posting for such a long time.
My car was stolen! From right in front of my house!

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Almond Fantasy Bar Cookies

January 24, 2015

If you love almonds, these bars are going to light your fire. Seriously. They have the most saturated almond flavor of any food item I have ever encountered. That is why I called them Almond Fantasy, because they are beyond reality, beyond any other everyday almond flavored thing you have ever eaten. They are made [...]

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Chocolate Wafer Cookies

November 29, 2014

As part of my holiday baking this year, I decided to make a pie with a chocolate wafer crumb crust. The kind where you crush the wafers, add melted butter and press them into the pie plate. The pie was a Grasshopper Cream Cheese Pie and I was really excited to make it.
I went to [...]

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Chocolate Brownie Toasted Pecan Cookies

October 17, 2014

Have you ever eaten an extremely satisfying meal, feel totally full and replete, and then get hit with a unrelenting need for something sweet. It just hits you. You prowl around your house looking for the little Snickers bar or Snickerdoodle. Anything to satisfy your junkie craving. You may have to resort to a spoonful [...]

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NY Black & White Cookies

August 1, 2014

The other day I met a friend of mine for tea and we were talking about our upcoming blog posts. I asked her if she had ever heard of Black and White Cookies and she replied, “Are you kidding, I’m from New York! You can buy them everywhere, wrapped up in cellophane. Just make sure [...]

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Chocolate Pecan Rugelach with Apricot Preserves

April 2, 2014

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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White Chocolate Orange Scones

February 15, 2014

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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Cranberry Hand Pies

November 24, 2013

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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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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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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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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Happy Holidays Cookie Exchange Party Part 2 From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

December 20, 2012

Here we are with Part 2 of the Holiday Cookie Exchange from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms. If you are looking for something to bake at the last minute, you’ve come to the right place. The cookies this year were extra delicious and I’m going to tell you about four of the recipes today. Two [...]

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Happy Holidays Cookie Exchange Party 2012 ~ From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

December 10, 2012

The one class I look forward to the most every year at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen is the Holiday Cookie Exchange. It’s the one class I just won’t miss. For me it starts the Christmas Holiday time, as I bring home a big platter of many kinds of festive cookies to share with my family. This year [...]

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Cinnamon-Sugared Pumpkin Donut Holes

October 27, 2012

Last Sunday was my Food Bloggers Los Angeles (FBLA) meeting for October, which I was fully planning to attend. And then my life went sideways, you know what I mean, and I couldn’t make it. I made these Cinnamon-Sugared Pumpkin Donut Holes and they were ready to go. Everyone was bringing a dish with pumpkin [...]

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