9 October, 2016

A Few Favorite Things

A Few Favorite Things
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I love learning what brings joy to others lives. Whether it is music, art, books, movies, food, it doesn’t matter. This sharing of favorite things from others introduces me to new experiences and perhaps new interests and passions. I want to share just a few of my favorite websites and blogs (in no particular order). This is
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8 October, 2016

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest
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So we all know the story about the Garden of Eden and the apple. Yeah poor Adam let Eve talk him into eating the apple and gets them banished from paradise. Well, thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that here in the Pacific Northwest. It would be hell not having the opportunity to
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7 October, 2016

Hummus in The Morning, Hummus in The Evening, Hummus Anytime

Hummus in The Morning, Hummus in The Evening, Hummus Anytime
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Hummus is probably best know as an Egyptian food dip or spread. I do love to serve it as an appetizer, spread on sandwiches, or snack with veggies. There are many brands on the market and some are good, but homemade hummus tastes best (at least I think so) and is so easy to make. My
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6 October, 2016

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle
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My friends in the Italian American communities all have a recipe or two from their nonna, aunt, or close relative that were passed down through generations and became family traditions.  Today’s post is about a close friend Cheri’s nonna. Her name is Giulia Papini. She was born in a small town of San Leo in 1891.
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5 October, 2016

Sunday Roast – Cold Weather Comfort

Sunday Roast – Cold Weather Comfort
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Growing up in an Italian family, Sunday dinners were always special and shared with extended family whenever possible. At one time in my younger life my grandparents lived with us and would invite their friends, cousins, etc. and we’d have a houseful of people. My uncle Mike would get out his accordion and play music
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1 October, 2016

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..
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Sandwiches are the “go to” or “to go” lunch meal. Growing up in an Italian American family my mother made everything from Italian favorites like eggplant focaccia sandwiches to the traditional American PB&J. I always preferred the Italian lunches. 🙂 To help distinguish the differences between a calzone, stromboli, and sandwich loaf, I’ve borrowed a few
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30 September, 2016

Pancakes And Apples For Breakfast? Yes Please!

Pancakes And Apples For Breakfast? Yes Please!
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Fall is here with all the magnificence of the leaves changing color,  crisp morning air, scent of fresh mown lawns, and warm fireplaces for those chilly nights. In our area of Oregon (out-outskirts of Portland) there is a farm called Bauman Farm that has an annual harvest festival. Locals not only enjoy the festival this time of year,
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29 September, 2016

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola
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Shall we take a poll to find out if one of the favorite foods of adults and children is pizza? I really don’t think we need to as most might agree it’s a universally well-liked food. While there are many great recipes for the traditional style pizza, I found this one to be unique, easy,
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28 September, 2016

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello
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Italians love their liqueurs. Limoncello is one of my favorites. Several times a year I make a few batches for myself, friends and neighbors. Fall is a great time to make Limoncello to have on hand for the holidays and giving as gifts. My recipe is from Southern Italy, the Sorrento area. If you like to
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