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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Bacon & Hazelnuts

October 22, 2015

We’re coming up on my favorite food holiday, Thanksgiving, and I for one have been looking for a new soup, salad or side to go along with the must-have traditional fare. I remembered a recipe for “Smashed Fried Sunchokes” over on Greg’s blog Sippity Sup and I became totally curious about this interesting root vegetable. [...]

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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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Thai Curry Beef Stew

April 5, 2015

If you had to guess how much liquid is in a spoonful of soup, what would you say? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Well, when I eat this Thai Curry Beef Stew, I ask myself, how can so much flavor be contained in one little spoonful. How can there be such depth and complexity in that [...]

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Gamjatang ~ Korean Pork Bone & Potato Soup

October 29, 2014

I have really been enjoying cooking and eating Korean food lately. I am totally smitten with the red pepper powder (gochugaru) and red pepper paste (gochujang), and Dak Galbi is one of my most favorite recipes of all time. Recently I decided to make my Dak Galbi even more authentic by adding Perilla leaves; however, [...]

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Chile Verde with Pork & Ancho Chile Sauce

June 4, 2014

If you have been following along with my story, you know I moved into an apartment last January. I looked at several in the area I wanted to live, but fell in love with mine immediately. It’s interesting how you just know when it is a match. You walk from room to room and it [...]

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Turkey Lentil Curry with Ginger & Garam Masala

December 9, 2013

Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving turkey in your freezer? Do you enjoy the flavor profile of Indian spices? Then this soup is perfect for you. I had leftover turkey. Not as much as last year, thank goodness, but enough to make a couple of sandwiches and this delectable soup. I love the flavor of [...]

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Spicy Corn Bisque with Chorizo, Poblano & Lime

November 11, 2013

Seventeen days until Thanksgiving. Making a bullet point list of things to get done, by day. Making a shopping list. Making some dishes ahead of time and freezing, like this Spicy Corn Bisque with Chorizo, Poblano & Lime. When I saw this recipe in the July 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine, I knew this was [...]

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Cauliflower & Chicken Soup with Rosemary

October 10, 2013

You know how, on January 1st, you make your New Year’s Resolutions? Well, I made an October 1st Resolution, which was to use up all the frozen stuff in my freezer before I bought any more food. I went to put something in there the other day and realized I couldn’t fit in one more [...]

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Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint

April 9, 2013

I have really been crazy for Asian curry soups lately. Recently I posted about a Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup, and now here I am again with a Vietnamese-style Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint. Both dishes contain fresh ginger, shallots, coriander and fish sauce, but the Thai Curry was flavored with guajillo chiles, [...]

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Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

March 13, 2013

I was looking through the March 2013 Bon Appétit magazine and came to this photo of a soup showing noodles, chicken, cilantro and lime wedges. The broth looked redish and creamy. I had to make it. Any dish that has lime wedges squeezed over it is totally irresistible to me.
What is so intriguing about this [...]

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Turkey Pho

January 11, 2013

I have wanted to learn to make Pho (pronounced fuh) ever since I read about it several years ago.  But time flew by. You know how it is. So one day I was driving near my house and, lo and behold, I saw a restaurant called Pho’ Hana that I had never noticed before. I [...]

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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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A 26 Pound Turkey & 12 Pounds of Turkey Meat

December 13, 2012

This year for Thanksgiving 2012, in anticipation of the small number of guests I was expecting, I bought a 12 pound turkey on the Monday before. I put it in the fridge to thaw so it would be ready to roast on Thursday. I stuck it in the back so it was out of the [...]

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Simply Made Chicken Soup with Comté Croutons From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

September 19, 2012

I recently got an email from Grace-Marie asking if I would come down to the school and help prep for one of her classes as she was short a helper for her Dinner at Six class. Well, when Grace-Marie calls, I hie. I usually don’t go to the classes at night because there is no [...]

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Cool Watermelon and Hatch Chile Gazpacho ~ From Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

August 26, 2012

Last Saturday I attended The Red Hat Society Tea at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach. I was very excited to meet the Red Hat ladies, because I had missed their luncheon last year. Grace-Marie always adds one red ingredient to every recipe she makes in their honor, so I knew the dishes [...]

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