5 January, 2017

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It
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  Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you are swimming upstream all…..day…..long? Well, today was one of those days for me in the kitchen. It really wasn’t a terribly challenging day, just …. well, let me explain.  I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for weeks. I purchased the salmon
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30 December, 2016

Let’s Get The Party Started!

Let’s Get The Party Started!
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Ready to ring in the New Year? No matter what your activities may be, joining others to party the night away or staying home catching up on Netflix movies, antipasti is a good choice.  This version of antipasti is an easy appetizer that requires more skill in decorating a plate than cooking. Whether you lay out meats and
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19 December, 2016

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition
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Christmas is this week! It occurs every year about this time, yet I still seem to be surprised when the week before Christmas actually arrives. (No one ever accused me of being too bright.) In my mind I think I am organized, cookies baked, presents made, or bought. Decorations up (few though they may be this year).
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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15 December, 2016

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…
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Homes at this time of year are decorated with balls on Christmas trees, staircases, and doorsteps. How about making a few edible balls? Let’s start with energy balls to help get through the hustle and bustle of the holidays. These healthy snacks are a great boost during busy days, everyone in the family can enjoy them, and most are
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22 November, 2016

Cheese It! The Holiday Cheese Balls Are Rolling Out

Cheese It! The Holiday Cheese Balls Are Rolling Out
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We are invited by our good friend’s to join them and their family for Thanksgiving. And when I asked what contribution we could make to the dinner, MaryLou said “Cheese Ball for an appetizer.” Okay! Now which recipe do I want to make that will be tasty, but not too addictive. We’ll all want to
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21 November, 2016

Gobble Up This Turkey Apple Sausage

Gobble Up This Turkey Apple Sausage
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Before everyone is tired of turkey recipes, I wanted to share this one for an easy turkey sausage. The recipe uses ground turkey so not a recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers – sorry. I’m not a big fan of sausage unless it is Italian sausage. And normally I would not eat sausage for breakfast
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24 October, 2016

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is
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Maybe it’s just me, but would you agree that garbanzos aka chickpeas are an under-appreciated bean? And they are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.  Wikipedia has quite an extensive background of the chickpea. Yes, they are the main ingredient in hummus and are used in Middle Eastern
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15 October, 2016

Awe Nuts!

Awe Nuts!
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Who doesn’t like a nut occasionally? Well, according to an old Almond Joy commercial “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.” When you do, here are a few of my favorite snack and appetizer nut recipes.They are packed with protein, and tasty. These recipes also make great gifts to for the holidays! I
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11 October, 2016

Rustic Italian Bread

Rustic Italian Bread
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There’s nothing better than a hunk of really good bread with a meal. One of my favorite memories of my Italian grandfather was watching him sop up juices from meat, or remnants of pasta sauce with bread. He truly savored those last bites of the meal. When my Italian grandmother (and her 13 brothers and sisters)
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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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2 October, 2016

Did Someone Say Let’s Make Ricotta Cheese? I’m In!

Did Someone Say Let’s Make Ricotta Cheese? I’m In!
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Everyone has their cheese favorites. While I have a long list of favorite cheeses, I use ricotta in a lot of my recipes and wanted to learn how to make it. I actually took a class at Portland Homestead Supply Co which was a blast! Since then hardly a week goes by without making a
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