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Cook the Book: 'Molto Gusto'

My favorite local eatery is just around the corner. Black Bamboo, Palos verdes, CA. Crave the food Chef Jason concocts. His latest are Korean Taco's that are scrumptious!

Poll: Do You Eat and/or Dip Your Pizza Crusts?

I am with cookielady, Italian dressing, soooooooooo good!

Must eat in LA
Here is a link to a Chow survey on the top $25 over and under restaurants in the greater LA area.

Must eat in LA

Check out the LA Chowhound site for lots of great ideas.

Pregnancy Cravings

I could not eat eggs after I got pregnant, just the smell of the raw yolks would send me over the edge. So, I would go work out for an hour and then hit up taco bell for a green been burito with extra onions and 2 tacos. My poor daughter still loves the stuff (guilty pleasures) with extra hot sauce. I craved coffee and couldn't wait to have my first cup, ugh it was so bitter tasting to me, I still rarely drink it.


Check out for more ideas. I have always found a lot of great rec's from there.

I've found bits of heaven at Trader Joe's....

I purchased some of these tasty treats for my Husband, he is loving them!!! Thank you for the great recomendation!

Thanksgiving Letter from a Control Freak

Loved this last year, love it again this year. Can you imagine living with this person?

It's Fall but these loose-"leaf" recipes are outta control

joyyy, that is how my binder is handled, with page protectors. I do purge it a couple of times a year, when I have too many new ones. I use dividers for chic. meat, seafood, etc... I am now actually up to 2 binders and think I need to purge again soon.

It's Fall but these loose-"leaf" recipes are outta control

I do the binder thing because I need a hard copy to make the meal and the computer is in the back of the house. How do you use digital in that case. There is a television in the area is that a possibility? I am so not a computer person, I don't even text.

Kiss the Cook!! What's for dinner Thursday Oct. 29th?

I just put togeather a meatloaf that I am going to top with my BBQ sauce. I have some broccoli I will steam and make a cheese sauce to go on top.

Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Arugala, pears, gorgonzola, and candied pecans. I have a fig balsamic vinegar to drizzle on top.

That's Nuts: Five Things To Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

I save the candy for when we go on vacation to Mexico or Costa Rica. I leave a couple of candies and a few dollars each day for the cleaning person. I usually bring some to the bartenders as well.

Carrots and Celery

Steamed carrots with butter, honey, parsley, S & P.
Celery with peanut butter makes a great snack, or with blue cheese dressing.

Pricey cloves
not sure where in CA you are, but where I am there is a Penzeys spice store close by. They have great spices at affordable prices. You can also order online.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 88: Are Bananas Helping or Hurting My Weight?

Bananas are high in carbs, why not try cutting back to one and see what happens.

Shrimp Heads

Love the fried heads!!! I can't hurt to ask, just go for it.

What Was Your Favorite School Cafeteria Food?

Highschhol was the only time I would stop in the caf for the corn with butter? and the awesome biscuits. Carb overload!!!

Savory Brunch item to go?

Filo wrapped Brie
8 oz brie round
Trader Joe's oil packed sun dried tomatoes (slivered)
toasted pine nuts
fresh basil
8 sheets filo dough
melted butter
heat oven 350
butter each filo sheet and layer
place the tomatoes, basil and nuts on filo in the center to match size of brie
place cheese on top and fold filo over brushing with melted butter to secure and make a nice crust
bake in an oven proof plate, may leak if not done up right
350 for 30 min
cool about 10 min and serve warm

Salmon and Grapefruit Salad serves 6
I purchase Salmon Lox or smoked salmon from Costco for this recipe
1 red onion sliced thin in 1/2 rounds
1 tbsp minced basil
1/2 c red wine vinegar
i head butter lettuce
1 pink grapefruit, segmented
2 tbsp olive oil

marinate onions in the vinegar overnight
next day
tear lettuce and arrange on a platter, place salmon slices on top
drain vinegar from onions and place with the grapefruit on top of salmon
sprinkle with basil and drizzle olive oil on top

Anthropomorphizing my new Mixer: am I alone?

I had a matte cutter in college that was called THE SACREAD ONE. We had to do a lot of color presentation boards, and could not live with out TSO. I call my viking stand mixer "BIG RED". How about Silver Fox?

Knife Storage

Wood block, love it! It sits on the island right where I do all my prep.

Chopped Cooked Chicken Uses? Something warm for a cool fall day

Soup with dumplings, chicken pot pie, tortilla soup, tamale pie.

A pound of ground beef

Cook up the meat with onion and garlic. Portion it out to make taco's & - or burritos, and then pasta sauce.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Labor Day Barbecue

ideas: gazpacho, zuchinni fritters, pork and pineapple kabobs, baby back ribs, baked beans, roasted shrimp and orzo salad, steak salad with roasted peppers and blue cheese dressing, grilled fish with grilled lemons to sprinkle, I just can not decide.