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Sauces

Hard-Cooked Eggs on Toast with Béchamel Sauce

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The day after Thanksgiving I was perusing the leftovers in my refrigerator, when, gasping with horror, I realized I had three hard-cooked eggs that I had been planning to use in an appetizer, but hadn’t had time to make. Now I had three eggs that I had to use within a day or they would [...]

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Gingerbread with Apple Cider Sabayon

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Warm Gingerbread, scented with molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, with sweet cold Cider Sabayon gracefully flowing down its side, was what I made for our Thanksgiving dessert this year. It was a not-too-heavy, but lovely end to our feast. Our groaning board held the traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus my [...]

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Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese & Basil-Mint Pesto

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I should never go to a bookstore, because no matter what my original mission was, I invariably end up in the cookbook section. Without fail. I make a stack of all the new ones with beautiful photographs on the cover and find a place to sit where I can look at them page by page, [...]

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Tuscan Picnic Chicken Wings with Balsamic Sauce 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 these Tuscan Picnic Chicken Wings, Mini-Red Bell Pepper & Pesto Bites, Chilled Leek and Zucchini Soup, and Limoncello Squares.
These Chicken Wings [...]

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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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Mascarpone Tarts with Plum Sauce

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From the time I learned to cook as a kid until I started culinary school, all my food was cooked and served family style, in big bowls and on big platters. No matter how many I was feeding, that is how it was done. That was how my Mom did it, and thus, so did [...]

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Butternut Squash and Tagliatelle with Red Pepper Sauce, Lemon and Arugula

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Fall is here for sure, because Daylight Savings Time ended in Los Angeles today. The sun is lower and the temperature is heading down. Time for some of those winter vegetables to start showing up in my recipes. Butternut Squash is one of my favorite ingredients to cook. Its earthy sweet flavor and wonderful texture [...]

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Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce

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I have come to the conclusion that we are not having Summer in 2010. Today the high in Manhattan Beach was 69 degrees F and I am still wearing my winter clothes to work. You know that phenomenon where when Halloween happens, a couple of days later it’s Thanksgiving and a couple of days after [...]

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Salmon with Avocado and Sweet Chili Sauce from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

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When Grace-Marie told me she was cooking something with salmon and avocado today, I immediately volunteered to photograph whatever she came up with. Two of my favorite ingredients that are also photogenic and I’m right there. I arrived when the class was just about over and they all gave me a sitting ovation. They love [...]

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Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

January 13, 2010
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I wanted my first post to be an Eggs Benedict recipe, because I think it is one of the most wonderful dishes ever invented by man. I love the drama of the stacked ingredients, the variations in texture, from crunchy to creamy, and of course the buttery, lemony Hollandaise Sauce that marries all of the [...]

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