Marty’s Spicy Almonds ~ Block Party!

Every early summer for the past nine years, Larry has hosted a neighborhood block party. I say “Larry has,” because two chiefs don’t work so well for this event. He checks a date with a collection of immediate neighbors, who then help with distributing flyers, bringing beverages and ice, tent setup (always a comedy of […]

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Double-Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies from More Magazine

Double-Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. coarse salt 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) at room temperature 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 […]

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Chile Lime Shrimp

A cooking class, “Date Night In Wine Country” with thirsty, hungry foodies was on a Friday evening. Give us sumpin’ to eat, fast! Chef Diane Brown was prepared, and put classmate Stefanie on the job of whisking up this appetizer. And we all agreed, the recipe was a keeper. If you are ever invited to […]

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Light Tortilla Soup

The recipe is from a January ‘07 Sunset Magazine; I cut it down from the original; the two of us don’t need 4 1/2 quarts. Tortilla Soup 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 brown onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt 1/8 tsp. red chile flakes 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 4 cups low […]

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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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Green Salsa Chicken

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It is hard to photograph chicken when the meat is falling off the bone. And excessively juicy. And bubbly hot, but it is sooooo easy to eat this good stuff. Two ingredients only – chicken and green salsa. A few months ago, we threw a huge bash for a significant Larry birthday. My goal was […]

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Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Ketchup

Turkey Meatloaf with Spicier Ketchup 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. ketchup, divided 1 1/2 lb. ground lean turkey 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs 2 large eggs, slightly […]

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