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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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Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette

July 7, 2013

In the last couple of years I have run across recipes that included Japanese yuzu kosho, but I didn’t know what it was. There were so many other recipes I wanted to make, so I just stuck those yuzu kosho recipes in a file and moved on. One day recently I was checking my files [...]

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Chocolate Pavlovas & Cheesecake Mousse with Strawberry Balsamic Compote from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

February 26, 2013

On a recent Saturday, a Chocoholics Party was held at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen for those smitten with all permutations of desserts: chocolate. On this special day we were feted with Cherry-Almond Chocolate Truffles, Italian Piedmont Chocolate Pear Tart, Chocolate Crepes filled with Chocolate Espresso Mousse, and Chocolate Pavlovas & Cheesecake Mousse topped with Strawberry Balsamic Compote. [...]

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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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How I Make My Turkey Gravy

November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you have a great Turkey Day, complete with Family, Friends and your favorite Holiday Food. I am going to be making a turkey, turkey gravy, mashed parsnip potatoes, broiled parmesan broccoli, greenbeans with red grapes and persillade, and that standby: canned jellied cranberries. I have already made my Shrimp & [...]

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Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

October 17, 2012

Last Saturday Grace-Marie was having her Autumn Kitchen Casserole Party at the Cooking School at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach and I was really looking forward to it. I love a good casserole, especially when I have to feed a crowd, like around the holidays. I could hardly wait to see what yummy dishes were [...]

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Watermelon Salad with Edible Flowers & Basil-Mint Sauce

September 14, 2012

I am such a sucker for grill marks. There is something about them that makes my artist’s eye really happy and quivery. I have been seeing grilled or fried cheese just about everywhere and really wanted to try my hand at it. Halloumi cheese seems to be the one most frequently chosen for grilling because [...]

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Poached Egg, Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus & Frisée Salad with Romesco Sauce

September 3, 2012

Do you remember last June, when I was making Pistachio and Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes and I told you Kim, from Rustic Garden Bistro, came for lunch and brought me fresh many-hued eggs from her very own chickens? Well, I wanted to make something really special with them and I think this Roasted Asparagus and [...]

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Fried Tofu and Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce with Gochugaru, Ginger and Sesame

August 15, 2012

I have really been enjoying this Spicy Korean Red Pepper Sauce lately. I have made a big container of it several times and slathered it over every food in sight. I mean, listen to the ingredients: soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and gochugaru, which is Korean red pepper powder. [...]

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Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

June 27, 2012

I am so excited to be making Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with blossoms from my own garden! The garden babies are no longer babes, but full grown and pumping out those big orangy-yellow beauties. As you can see in the photo above, the colors are stunning and the engineering of the curves is amazing. I [...]

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Pecorino Romano Meatballs & Spaghetti

June 3, 2012

If I was Italian, I might be calling this dish Pasta with Sunday Gravy. But I’m Norwegian, Danish, French and German, so I get to call it the American name, Spaghetti and Meatballs. But whatever it’s called, I had a big craving to make some and eat it all up ASAP. We had a guest [...]

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Mango & Chicken Kabobs with Mango Ginger Dipping Sauce and Green Tomatillo Rice

May 28, 2012

For my Mango Madness #4, I present Mango & Chicken Kabobs with Mango Ginger Dipping Sauce and Green Tomatillo Rice. This would be perfect for your Memorial Day backyard party cooking on the grill. Or in the middle of winter when you need a reminder of summer and you can roast the kabobs in the [...]

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Korean Chicken Wings with Gochujang

April 25, 2012

A few years ago I ran across a cookbook with recipes from all the popular Korean restaurants in Los Angeles. Of course, I don’t remember the title now, but the recipes were really interesting with intriguing ingredients I had never heard of. One of the things I really enjoy is finding new ingredients and then [...]

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Shrimp Veracruz with Green Olives & Capers and Tortillas Robed in Pumpkin Seed Tomatillo Sauce

March 17, 2012

I’ve had this recipe for many years and really never thought about its origin, other than it was in my file under Mexico. So when I came to write this post, I did a little research on Veracruz, its culinary and historical story.
Veracruz is located on the east coast of Mexico on the bottom of [...]

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Lamb & Shrimp Kabobs with Red Harissa

March 4, 2012

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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