14 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble
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The feature picture of today’s post is of a building with original frescos that date back to the 1500’s. I can’t imagine not painting the outside of your house for hundreds of years. With the Portland weather we’ve repainted our house twice in 11 years! Ricardo thought it was great that the apartment owner had
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1 September, 2017

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!
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I had to face the fact that the basil needed to be pulled out of the garden. The plants were going to seed and some leaves were showing signs of sunburn. Practically in tears (sad to see them go until next spring), I cut off the leaf stems and brought them in the house to make
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30 August, 2017

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds
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These almonds won’t disappoint with a kick of spicy and sweet. As Summer fades (take the heat with you please!) and Fall approaches (it will get here, right?), I think of roasting nuts. (Hubby’s comments have been intentionally censored.) Nuts are such a great source of protein and a healthy snack. The challenge is to
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21 August, 2017

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers
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On this day of the total Eclipse of the Sun it was hard to choose which blog to post. Since we live in the “path of totality” I was trying to think of ways to equate this cooking experience with today’s event. Should we start with a song? “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie
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14 August, 2017

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots
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Move over tater tots, there’s a new tot in town. Now why this recipe appealed to me is a mystery because I don’t like tater tots. I remember cooking tray after tray of them for the kids when they were little. They loved them! I thought those days were over until we moved to Oregon
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21 July, 2017

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan
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The seasons is over for sugar snap peas, can I have an awwwwww? It’s always sad to see the dying plants at this time in summer when the leaves are yellowing and the beans look less than perfect. And then you spot a few flowering pods that seem impossible to mature – but they do!
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12 July, 2017

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette
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“Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” With zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and onions? This sweet and savory recipe is perfect to use up the bountiful harvest of these garden vegetables.  In the summer it seems like we are invited to a lot of backyard barbecues, patio parties, and picnics. For most of
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7 July, 2017

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One
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Raise your hand if you knew what fava beans were before the movie “Silence of The Lambs.” The famous line from the movie:  Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Well, skip the liver, human or otherwise, and enjoy
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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16 June, 2017

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.
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  Want a quick breakfast that goes beyond the everyday choices? We know that eating breakfast is a healthy thing to do. You may not be a morning person or enjoy eating first thing in the day. This recipe may appeal to you as it isn’t the typical cereal, egg, yogurt, or oatmeal type meal. 
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5 June, 2017

“E” Is For Eggplant

“E” Is For Eggplant
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Have you ever played word games like charades, or Scattergories? Recently a friend on Facebook challenged her friends to play Scattergories with a twist – using the first letter of their last name to fill in various categories. Since the first letter of my last name starts with an “E” every category in the Scattergories challenge had
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29 May, 2017

Finger Lickin’ Good Carrots – Sweet, Savory, & Cheesed

Finger Lickin’ Good Carrots – Sweet, Savory, & Cheesed
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  Carrots have been a “go-to” vegetable for a long, long time. There is evidence that carrot seeds have existed for about 5,000 years. And I’ll bet you didn’t know there is a World Carrot Museum that has fascinating facts on carrots. For example, the museum information reveals how carrots became domesticated and orange in color.
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