Girlfriend Food Blog Friday – Meet Lynne, chef and author of Cook & Be Merry


"The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich" by Lynne at Cook & Be Merry

” When I was a kid, my Mom would make grilled cheese sandwiches for my lunch from Wonder Bread and Kraft American Cheese.  You know, the one the size of a brick. I remember enjoying them very much, along with tomato or chicken noodle soup. Campbell’s, of course.” ~ Lynne Hemer

Girlfriend Food Blog Friday is a day when I have the priveledge of introducing  to you my new food blogger Girlfriends.  They aren’t just ladies I’ve met  online, but actual women I would call “friends” – we have spent time together and I’ve actually eaten their food and believe they are Modern Day housewife fabulous!  Today, I would like to introduce to you my friend, Lynne – Chef and author of  Cook and Be Merry.  We have more things in common than a love for Grilled cheese sandwiches and baked eggs, but those two things alone would make a good argument for friendship.  Not to mention that the quote above could be mine… Lynne please tell me that you still eat Kraft American Cheese, it’s one of my guiltiest childhood pleasures! 

Women by nature are relational, aren’t we? We enjoy the “sisterhood” of intimate talks, carry one another’s burdens and enjoy celebrating the happy moments of life together.   We have a need to connect with other women, at least that is true for me.   Throughout my life  I have been lucky enough to have dear girlfriends who all share a special space in my heart.  Childhood friendships were so easy and carefree, but as we mature, and life gets complicated with husbands and children, it takes more of an effort to to keep relationships alive.  Some of my friendships fell to the way side when life got  busy,  others I’ve had to purposely let go of when it was clear that they were unhealthy, and then of course there are those bonds that flourished through the years and stood the test of time .  “Make new friends, but keep the old – one is silver and the other’s …”  It’s funny to me that I just thought of that song, seriously… I think there is a 6 year old Girl Scout trapped inside of me!  I had great friends in Girl Scouts…  Anyway, new friends are super special,  because we all know,  the older you get,  the harder it is to make new friends.   Not only do I not have a lot of time for my old friends, I just don’t have  a lot of time to figure out if I like you enough to “be friends”.  But then there are those people that you instantly have a connection with, you hit it off, something about them just feels right…

My version of "The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich"

Probably because I treasure my friendships, some of my favorite movies are those that tell the complicated stories of women’s  lives.  Have you ever seen the movie ” The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”?  It’s about a group of girlfriends living in the South.  The movie tells the story of their friendship from the time they are young  girls to mature women, and everything in between.  It’s a true to life depiction of their bond of sisterhood through sad and happy times,  bad marriages, the  heartaches of raising children,  and a lot of drinking…

Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese & Basil-Mint Pesto by Lynne at Cook & Be Merry

Now, Lynne and I are not from the South, nor have we ever finished a bottle of Bourbon together, but we do know a thing or two about the struggles of raising children and wanting to have a piece of life that is all our own.  A beautiful-food-filled-chef-life without that ugly mom GUILT that the world says we should feel when we leave our kids to pursue out dreams.   Lynne and I shared  lunch one day discussing this very topic, and I remember leaving feeling “heard”.  There was somebody else out there that knew exactly how I was feeling… Thanks Lynne.

Lynne is a professionally trained chef  with an experienced  palette, and a eye for detail  in everything she cooks and styles for the camera.  Cook & Be Merry is where she shares her romance for food, and her mouthwatering photography with other food obsessed people… like me.

My version of ” Baked Eggs” mine with bacon  & Arugula Pesto”

Make your way on over to her site when you have plenty of time to look around… so much to see!   Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Mirepoix Meatloaf  

Hard – Cooked Eggs on Toast with Bechamel  ( stay tuned for mine later in the week)

Corn Bread Tartlets (reminds me of my Black Pepper Cornmeal Tarts with Heirloom Tomatoes)

5 comments… add one
  • Lentil Breakdown February 5, 2012, 9:20 pm

    You have good taste in blogger friends!

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 8, 2012, 4:29 am

      your coming up on my list… in and out, chicken in plastic containers…just wait

  • Lynne @ CookandBeMer February 7, 2012, 5:05 am

    Thank you, Louise, for this fabulous tribute. I also remember that conversation we had at Camp Blogaway and feeling “heard.” Girl Friends are what it is all about. Lynne xo

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 7, 2012, 4:54 pm

      See the movie, you will crack up…

  • Raaje February 19, 2016, 3:37 am

    Hi Laura,Darling YOU were a blessing for us you were exltacy what we wanted and needed as a photographer. We couldn’t of imagined having anyone else. We loved your SPIRIT (which means a lot to us), smile, thoughtfulness and skills which speak for itself!!!Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us you made our day so special with the photos taken. My friend, we know you’re a bit of a drive from us but you’re always welcomed at our home, especially if you’re ever in LA and/or Malibu area. Next BBQ we have we’ll let you know and hopefully you can join us and have some of Marcus’s famous grilling :-). Lots of Love,The WilliamsP.s. thank you for your beautiful words.

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