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Salads

Wheat Berry, Green Olive & Roasted Pepper Salad

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I decided to make this Wheat Berry, Green Olive and Roasted Pepper Salad after paging through the January 2012 issue of Sunset Magazine. It featured several absolutely gorgeous salads made with grains, which reminded me I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill Soft White Wheat Berries languishing in my cupboard. Plus I have to [...]

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Cumin Garlic Roasted Carrots & Avocado Salad with Citrus Dressing, Arugula and Sesame Seeds

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The full title of this post should be “Cumin, Garlic, Chile de Arbol, Thyme Roasted Carrots and Avocado Salad with Sour Dough Croutons, Roasted Orange and Lemon Dressing sprinkled with Sesame, Poppy and Sunflower Seeds.” Ok, so it’s a little long. It could have been even longer because I left out the Mesclun and Watercress. [...]

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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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Quinoa Salad with Pistachios, Currants and Dried Apricots Kissed with Orange, Rice Vinegar and Sesame Oil

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This week we had a potluck at my work and when it was announced, I knew I wanted to make this quinoa salad. So I made my shopping list and headed off to my local Ralph’s Market. I looked everywhere for the quinoa and couldn’t find it, so I buttonholed the manager and asked him [...]

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Beet, Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad with Seeds, Currants and Orange Pomegranate Molasses Dressing

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In the past three weeks I have made a Blueberry Cake, Checkerboard Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies. I also made a Plum Tart, which I haven’t even told you about yet. That is four desert items. Ahem… I rarely make deserts around here, because then I eat them. You know what I mean.
So to get [...]

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Blueberry Pudding Cake for My 4th of July BBQ

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I was so happy for the 4th of July to roll around, because we were having our first holiday feast in our new house. I actually cooked in my new kitchen  and our guests got to see the new place for the first time. It’s so much fun to give the grand tour. It was [...]

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Strawberry Glazed Italian Ricotta Cheesecake from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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The theme for my recent visit to Grace-Marie’s Kitchen Cooking School was Italian Cucina Sunday Supper, which I was looking forward to very much, because Grace-Marie grew up in an Italian American family and has been to Italy five times eating her way through the Northern half of the country, so she knows her Italian [...]

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Blackened Salmon Tarts With Mango Salsa

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The inspiration for this Salmon Tart came from a photo I had in my file. I have a big collection of food photos going back about twenty years and I have no idea where I saved them from. I had been wanting to create this dish since I started my blog, because it was so [...]

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Pear, Blue Cheese & Watercress Salad

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This Pear, Blue Cheese & Watercress Salad is my favorite sweet little starter salad. Actually, my mouth is watering as I write this, thinking about the sweet pear juices with the salty buttery cheese and peppery watercress. If you are having an elegant dinner party, where you are plating each course, this is the perfect [...]

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Thousand Island Dressing & an Act of Desperation

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Last Sunday I was going to the grocery store, so I asked my husband if there was anything he wanted me to get for him while I was there. Yes, he said, get me some Thousand Island Dressing, the one that sits upside down on its cap. He couldn’t remember the brand. So I found [...]

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End of Summer Zucchini Soup & Smoked Salmon Tomato Cups From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

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The theme for the Saturday Tea class this week at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach was Back to School Autumn Tea. This week the menu was End of Summer Zucchini Soup, Smoked Salmon Tomato Cups, Apple and Cheddar Bread, Caramelized Onion and Brie Croissants, Autumn Harvest Brandy Pear Cake and Autumn Berry [...]

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BALEEN at The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club and Warm Asparagus & Mushroom Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette

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Recently I had the great good fortune to be invited to review BALEEN, the signature restaurant at The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. And I want you to know, before you read the rest of this post, that the food at this restaurant is absolutely amazing and beautiful, and this is now [...]

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Mushroom and Spinach Quiche with Shredded Potato Crust and the Top 10 Googled Recipes

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If you have been following along with me, you know I am fascinated with the search engine terms people use to get to my blog. So the other day I asked Google what the most googled food recipes are. Apparently there aren’t any lists compiled for 2010 yet, but there were several lists for 2009 [...]

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Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

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In one more week it will be August and we still haven’t had summer here in Manhattan Beach. Today the high was 69 degrees F. I am hopeful that warm weather is right around the corner, so in anticipation, here is a cold Soba Noodle Salad that will be great to enjoy outdoors when the [...]

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Fig Salad with Walnuts and Mint

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Last Saturday I was invited by Pam, of My Man’s Belly, to go with her to the Torrance Farmers Market to do an Ingredient Challenge. Each person buys an item they find at the farmers market for the other person to use in a recipe they create. Pam had done this previously with Greg, of [...]

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