16 February, 2018

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice
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Cooking in season is a goal of mine. Winter vegetables are so hearty and nutritious. I enjoy adding them to my recipes in the winter time specifically, and year around when I can find them grown locally (if I’m not growing them in my garden). Today’s recipe features butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, and
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13 February, 2018

Good Will Baking – In An Apron

Good Will Baking – In An Apron
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“An apron is a garment worn at the front of the body, since ancient times, for practical, decorative, as well as ritualistic purposes. From the French word ‘naperon’, meaning a small tablecloth, aprons have been worn to protect garments, and indicate status…..Aprons can be made of cotton, muslin, linen, canvas, leather (a blacksmith), rubber, or
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9 February, 2018

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup
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Busy day? Want something warm and tasty to serve for dinner? This recipe might be just what you’re looking for and is relatively fuss-free.  Every once in a while we get a craving for Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was abundant, Mexican restaurants were popular, and ingredients were easy to find
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6 February, 2018

Porkbuster Chops

Porkbuster Chops
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These days my freeway commute is not to the office to work, but to the gym to workout. I still carpool when I can which makes the drive, however long or short, more interesting. We may discuss politics, marriage, travel, books, hobbies, and conversations always seem to include food. Shocker, right?  On more than one
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2 February, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take five Italian minutes to check out my five favorites this month. You might find some interesting tidbits and fun facts.  Canned tomato taste test. Canned tomatoes any time of year are essential to my cooking, but especially in the winter months when fresh tomatoes are not available in the garden just outside my kitchen
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30 January, 2018

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone
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I can remember when Italian restaurants would serve garlic bread when you sat down at the table much like Mexican restaurants that bring chips and salsa to the table. Well, that isn’t the “norm” these days. In fact, if you want garlic bread at some restaurants today, you have to pay extra! Maybe the more recent
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26 January, 2018

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two
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Making a puffed apple pancake is one of my favorite breakfasts to make for special occasions. I can get carried away though. One time when I had girlfriends over for a visit, I took the peelings from the apples and made bows and roses out of them to decorate the plate.  About a year ago
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23 January, 2018

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar
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A little boost of energy in the morning is something most of us seek, especially during what can be dreary mornings in winter. This breakfast bar is so easy – you literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together, bake, and you are done! One of the ingredients in these bars is cream
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19 January, 2018

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings
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National Potato Day is August 19th by some sources like The Punchbowl and October 27th by others like Foodimentary. Foodimentary’s website is dedicated to National Food Holidays and is a fun read. It starts with January 1 being National Bloody Mary Day, well at least that’s where I started. A few Bloody Mary’s later… oops,
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16 January, 2018

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes
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Potatoes are a good food source that have saved people from starvation in hard times and yet have taken a bad rap when the world became carb conscious. Some interesting facts from the International Potato Center:  “There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. Potato is the third
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12 January, 2018

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup
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According to Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader:  “Onions are edible bulbs with stalks that grow a couple of feet above ground. Members of the onion family include leeks, scallions, garlic, shallots and chives. Onions were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and believed that their round shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Roman gladiators were rubbed down
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9 January, 2018

Let’s Dress Things Up A Bit – Salad Dressings You’ll Love

Let’s Dress Things Up A Bit – Salad Dressings You’ll Love
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It’s a New Year! Holiday parties are over and it’s time to pay attention to healthy eating again. Salads are an easy way to get back on track. But sometimes it’s the dressings that can derail an otherwise healthy meal. Today’s post features four guest contributors sharing their favorite homemade salad dressings. Meet Antimo Cimino –
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