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Fiesole Baby Purple Artichoke and Fresh Pea Soup

May 9, 2012

The other day I got an email from Frieda’s Specialty Produce Company asking if I would like to try some of their new little fancy purple Fiesole artichokes grown by Baroda Farms in Lompoc, California. Well, that was a no-brainer. Of course!! They were part of a promotion with Ralphs supermarkets and Maria’s Kitchen April [...]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day

March 21, 2012

I am writing my story about Corned Beef and Cabbage today, because on St. Patrick’s Day I was cooking, photographing and eating my Corned Beef. And no, I didn’t cook my Corned Beef before St. Patrick’s Day or last year so I could just re-post. Actually, I made my Corned Beef in anticipation of the [...]

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Homemade New England Common Crackers

January 8, 2012

When I was writing my post about New England Clam Chowder, I kept running across the instructions that it should authentically be served with Common Crackers. I had no idea what they were. After all, I grew up in Minnesota, lived in Chicago and moved to L.A., where I have been ever since. I went [...]

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New England Clam Chowder

December 16, 2011

The first time I ever saw a clam, I was about 5 years old, living with my Mom, Dad and little brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My father was very into fishing, which a lot of people are in Minnesota, as it is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, in this case he had been [...]

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A Roundup of Soups for the Coming Holidays

November 10, 2011

Winter has finally come to Los Angeles. Yea!! It’s cold and rainy, and I can finally turn on my oven and start baking. And dig out the big pot and make tons of soup to fill my freezer with little containers. There are also three big holidays coming up, which may mean you’ll [...]

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Chilled Leek and Zucchini Soup with Pancetta from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

August 28, 2011

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 this Chilled Leek and Zucchini Soup, Tuscan Picnic Chicken Wings, Mini-Red Bell Pepper & Pesto Bites, and Limoncello Squares. I hope [...]

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Chorizo & White Bean Soup with Queso Fresco

August 21, 2011

The day I went to Whole Foods to buy the quinoa for my Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Dried Apricots, I was passing by the meat department and noticed some samples sitting up on the counter. I cannot resist samples, so I helped myself to a little red-hued meatball with a toothpick sticking out the [...]

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Tomatillo Albondigas Soup & Two Tomatillo Tales

August 8, 2011

Tale One
One afternoon last week my doorbell rang, which was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting anyone. I opened the door and there stood a beautiful young woman with a toddler clinging to her knee, holding a huge platter piled with fresh vegetables. “Hi,” she said, “I’m your next door neighbor and I have a [...]

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Hearty Burgundy Lamb Soup with Rosemary

March 22, 2011

A couple of days ago there was torrential rain in Los Angeles from morning til night that scoured the dirt off my car and bruised the flowers on the plants in my yard. When it finally cleared up the next day, I went out for a tour to check the damage. It wasn’t too bad, [...]

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Leftover Oddments Soup

March 8, 2011

Last week, when my friend Michele and I were done with our afternoon Country Western Line Dancing Class, she said, “You’re coming home with me and I am going to feed you leftovers for dinner!”
“Oh goodie! Count me in!” I replied. Because I LOVE LEFTOVERS.

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Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Bean Soup and a Cube Fundraiser Rooftop BBQ

October 30, 2010

Last year for our October birthdays, my friend Michele and I went to Osteria Mozza to celebrate. This year we went to a Pork n’ Beans Rooftop BBQ put on by the Cube Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Cube Café and Marketplace. The proceeds will benefit the Cube Foundation, an organization that is dedicated [...]

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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup with Thai Pesto

October 20, 2010

Right around this time of year I start trying to figure out what I am going to serve for our Thanksgiving Day feast. As I explained in my post about Thanksgiving 2009, my guests include a bunch of vegetarians, so this is a big challenge for me. So I thought I would take that old [...]

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

September 30, 2010

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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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Shrimp and Ham

June 6, 2010

I wasn’t planning to do this recipe today. At all. But I was busy and I went into my freezer to grab a container of something to heat up in the microwave. When it was heated up I saw that it wasn’t what I thought it was. It turned out to be this container of [...]

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Cabbage Cottage Potage

February 24, 2010

Today was a day that I had a lot to do and I needed something fast to eat. I had this head of cabbage with no fixed destination, so I decided to use it to make a quick cabbage soup. And when I say quick, I mean 15 minutes or less. There is no recipe, [...]

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