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Arañitas con Mojo de Ajo ~ Shredded Green Plantain Fritters with Garlic Onion Sauce

January 10, 2015

When green plantains started showing up at my grocery store about 10 years ago, I was totally fascinated. I had no idea what they were, except they looked a lot like green bananas. Then I happened to eat dinner in my local Cuban restaurant, and fried plantains were part of the accompaniment for the pork [...]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2013 ~ Reader’s Choice Awards

February 2, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2013 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 [...]

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Confetti Salad with Carrot Juice Vinaigrette

August 9, 2013

On January 1, 2013 I made my New Year’s Resolution list. Remember doing that? Well, my list had two items on it: 1) go on a diet; and 2) get some exercise. I don’t know about you, but I can’t diet until all the stars are properly aligned. You know, like there are no big [...]

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Three Cheese Stuffed Puff Pastry Pinwheels

January 28, 2013

Last year around this time my local Ralph’s Market sent out a little brochure with a great appetizer recipe, Bacon Wrapped Dates with Choriso & Goat Cheese. This year their brochure included these Cheesy Puff Pastry Pinwheels, which are stuffed with just about every ingredient that makes your tastebuds sing: artichokes, feta, kalamata olives, roasted [...]

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Packing Up My Cookbooks and Moving

May 8, 2011

Our ordeal with the roofing disaster and debris finally came to a close a couple of weeks ago. The lawsuits were settled finally and now we are going to move. I haven’t moved for 18 years and I have forgotten what a big job it is. A lot of our stuff is still covered with [...]

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Hello Camp Blogaway!

April 28, 2011

Duck Carnitas with Chipotle Blackberry Sauce
I am on my way up into the mountains east of Los Angeles to attend Camp Blogaway Food Blogger Bootcamp for three days. From Friday noon until Sunday morning I will be immersed in food blogging lectures, foodie friends, eating and talking with 90 other food bloggers. I can hardly [...]

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Roofing Disaster Part 1

December 14, 2010

Food Photo Project on a Table in the Living Room
First of all, I want to thank everyone for your concern, well wishes, prayers and offers of help. It has meant so much to me to know you are out there sending me your positive energy. Thank you, dear friends.
Friday, November 12th, was the day scheduled [...]

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