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Sauces & Dressings

Hostess Gift: Your Best Dressing Recipe ~ Yes, I Am CHEAP

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Bring a party gift of your best vinaigrette recipe THIS WAY; your host will totally dig it.  No matter that it’s just a recycled jar. Once the dressing is consumed and the jar is washed, the recipe is still there and he/she can prepare it again and again.

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Creamy Pumpkin Dressing for a Romaine & Green Apple Salad

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Potluck with fellow food bloggers, there’s a little self-imposed pressure to come up with a yummy dish that’s not a common recipe and also looks good in a photo. This Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) lunch meet-up had a PUMPKIN theme for the food. Think breads, cakes, cookies? Not me… I STILL think a buffet needs […]

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Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

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Here is a yummy Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing recipe. And a little Patti story: in high school, I waitressed at Mr. Steak. This was a working class place. Your salad order came with a simple choice: Roquefort, Italian or Thousand Island dressing. Given those, often a patron would ask, “Do you have blue cheese dressing?” […]

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Saturday Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Friday, we start “refrigerator management,” our ritual to unearth mismatched or unplanned-for things in the fridge and figure out meals to use them up. We don’t waste food, including leftovers. I grocery shop once a week, that’s it.

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Seared Sea Scallops in Saffron Burre Blanc with Sautéed Spinach

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Christmas present to Larry: a cooking class at Sur La Table. He picked “Date Night Paris in April” with Chef Martin Gilligan at LA Farmer’s Market location. I’ll post more recipes soon – watch for them – but to begin, here is one of the easiest: Seared Sea Scallops in Saffron Burre Blanc on Sautéed […]

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Crockpot Caramel Sauce Cooked in a Can

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My goal was to make dulce de leche, a South American sweet spread. Traditional recipes boil milk, sugar, vanilla bean for some time, then strain, lots of sticky work. People also boil or bake sealed cans of sweetened condensed milk immersed in water, bringing to mind the thought of potential explosions. Then I discovered blogger […]

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Pork with Thai Green Curry Sauce

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Do you sometimes pick up a recipe from a fun experience, prepare it once, and then fuggedaboudit? Not this Pork with Thai Green Curry Sauce, which we’ve made several times since Larry and I attended a class by prolific cookbook author and culinary camp creator, Hugh Carpenter.

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Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

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How making fresh pumpkin puree got me to prepare Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Sauce is like six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. A) Can’t find Libby’s canned pumpkin.  B) Buy fresh pumpkins, roast and puree. C) Cook some sweet things with the puree, burn out, a good supply still in the freezer. D) Decide to […]

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Emperor’s Farmers Market Salad

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Entitled “Cucumber, Carrot and Tomato Salad,” the recipe served 130.  That’s a good sized “cooking for a crowd” recipe, but considered small at Project Angel Food.  This was my cooking task last week with fellow volunteer, Sarah.  Since it had great blogging/household dining potential, I wrote the full size recipe on a box sticker to […]

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Best Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ever

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This post was first published during an LA summer heatwave: Using our oven or stove for any length of time is a mistake because our bedroom is upstairs and we get cranky about rising heat, debating the AC usage, window open, not open, ugh.  The GOOD news is, dinner is Shrimp Cocktail – a giant pile […]

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Signature Salad Dressing

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Not one of Oprah’s best recommendations.  From her show What Ya Cookin’, Nashville? back in 2003, I printed out a salad dressing recipe by a local home cook named Dee.  “This garlicky salad dressing will add pep to all kinds of leafy greens!”  Oprah raved!  Hack, hack, it coated my tongue with oil and garlic.  […]

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