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Larry’s Pesto Pizza

This is another installment in my series, “Hands Off, Ladies, He’s Mine.” Larry made dinner again recently and decided to create a spin-off of his most excellent pizza.   If you are skilled at making homemade pizza, then you can become comfortable playing with it.  Larry does this on occasion, deciding fun toppings and layouts. This […]

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Best Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ever

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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Mini Basil and Goat Cheese Turnovers

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Dinner party for four here. Casual menu:  Larry made his Excellent Pizza. I was excited for dessert, Butterscotch Pudding.  But while shopping for ingredients, it struck me…  I hadn’t planned an appetizer. Wracking my brain (well, not wracking, but thinking harder than normal while shopping), my sis-in-law’s recent pool party snacks struck me as do-able. […]

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Killer Deviled Eggs

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Are you picnicking this July 4th? DEVILED EGGS, friends. “This recipe dates back to my mom’s grandmother,” Laura emailed.  In 2004, I wanted a “killer Deviled Egg” recipe because they are a favorite of mine and friend, Laura claimed her mother’s method was the best.  She was right, and her signature dish morphed into mine.  […]

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