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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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Moroccan Fish Tagine with Ginger & Saffron

July 2, 2015

What is a tagine, anyway? Well, it’s a Moroccan cooking pot, the ones you’ve seen with the conical tops, and it’s also the dish that is cooked in said pot. However, you can also cook a tagine in a covered casserole, a Dutch oven or a crockpot. It’s a long braise over low heat, with [...]

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Shrimp & Cheesy Grits with Bacon & Tomatoes

April 29, 2015

It was once again time to go through the pantry and check all the expiration dates, resulting in a number of Bob’s Red Mill grains that I need to use up pretty soon. White rice flour, spelt berries, semolina flour, wheat germ and corn grits. Don’t you just love Bob’s Red Mill products? I [...]

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Ricotta Parmesan Gnocchi & Brown Butter Broccoli

October 10, 2014

Oh, Ricotta Parmesan Gnocchi, how I do love thee. Cheezy little pillows. Melt in the mouth dumplings. Soft buttery morsels. Ok, you get the idea. These are so good, it’s hard to find the right words to describe them. And when they’re browned a little in butter, becoming crispy in places, they are perfect in [...]

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes from Chef Mary Ellen Rae at Personal Touch Gourmet

August 30, 2014

I went to my first cooking class taught by Chef Mary Ellen Rae in April of 2010. My photos of her delicious recipes have been pinned and stumbled thousands of times, especially the Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Wrapped in Filo. So when Chef Mary Ellen recently invited me to a class she was teaching, [...]

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Chipotle Swai Fillet with Rainier Cherry Salsa

July 22, 2014

I grew up in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. My father was an avid fisherman, and my brother and I were included in many fishing trips from the time we were old enough. We fished from shore on little lakes, from fishing boats on big lakes, in an ice house in the dead of [...]

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Grilled Shrimp & Potato Tomato Avocado Salad

May 24, 2014

Memorial Day. The kick-off of the summer grilling season. We wait all year for this day, don’t we? Well, I do. So I wanted to make a stellar salad with grilled shrimp and all my favorite salad veggies for this venerable holiday. Not only tomatoes, avocado and grilled little potatoes, but also olives and red [...]

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Brunch Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and A 20 Year Anniversary

April 12, 2014

Easter Family Brunch was the theme of the Lunch With Friends class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. Who doesn’t look forward to a holiday brunch, with delicious dishes set out on the board and you get to fill your plate to your heart’s content and your tummy’s satisfaction. The [...]

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Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Spicy Lime Aioli

September 6, 2013

I love leftovers. There’s just no two ways about it. And I swear, leftovers are the mother of invention, at least in my kitchen. So there I was, making a thousand spring rolls and my fridge was filled with 8 containers of different dipping sauces. And the recipes make a pretty fair amount, too. I [...]

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Halibut with Fig & Ginger Sauce

August 18, 2013

At my July Food Bloggers Los Angeles meeting, I not only got to see all my food blogger friends and eat some crazy good fresh fruit dishes, but we had a surprise visit from Karla Stockli from the California Fig Advisory Board. She talked about figs and answered all our questions, plus she brought beauitful [...]

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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 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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My Oldest Son’s Wedding and I Learn to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

June 30, 2013

On Saturday May 18, 2013, after a 10 year courtship and engagement, FINALLY, my son and his fiancé got married! Yea! I flew from LAX to the Sacramento Airport on Thursday night and on Friday spent the day helping get their house ready for the wonderful backyard wedding they had planned. Part of the Friday [...]

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Vietnamese Happy Pancakes with a Killer Dipping Sauce

June 17, 2013

The March 2013 issue of Food and Wine Magazine had a great article called 20 Best-Ever Recipes. The Best Vietnamese recipe was this one for Happy Pancakes and I wanted to cook it immediately as soon as I saw it. Two months later, at Camp Blogaway, I was lucky to get a sample of Bob’s [...]

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