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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5 January, 2018

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes
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Cooking The Books is a clever title for a book club that focuses on cookbooks. Our local library hosts this bookclub every month and it’s not only well attended by people who love cookbooks but also for the delectable dishes that the members make and share from that month’s featured cookbook. In the spring the
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2 January, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Happy New Year! Did 2018 sneak up on you like it did me? Wowzer!  1% Factor – What Could it Do For You in 2018 What happens every new year? Most people reflect on the prior year’s accomplishments and perhaps unachieved goals, as they look forward to the new year with anticipation and expectations.  Now
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22 December, 2017

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

  The holidays are here, and being celebrated in households across the country and throughout the world. So instead of posting a recipe that no one has time to try a few days before Christmas, here are a few links to prior posts with recipes that are useful this time of year. Appetizers and Small
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19 December, 2017

No Knead To Be Intimidated By This Multi-Grain Bread

No Knead To Be Intimidated By This Multi-Grain Bread
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When I was scrolling through Nicole Gulotta’s website Eat This Poem for a bread to pair with the Italian Beef Stew  recipe I recently made from her new book, I found this fabulous bread. I couldn’t wait to try it.  This no-knead  multi-grain bread is easy to assemble, a few steps to follow, an overnight in
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15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
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The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media
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12 December, 2017

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo
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It’s the holiday season! Celebrations abound. In our household this time of year my husband breaks out his Bloody Mary recipe and starts making batches for everyone to enjoy. That being said, there are times when there is just a cup or so leftover after a day’s festivities. (I know, hard to believe, but occasionally
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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