4 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 1

2017 – Volterra Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep (who am I kidding?) and a wonderful espresso, we’re ready to conquer the roads of Tuscany. Well, there was more than just espresso for breakfast and I have to share since this IS a food and travel blog.  We had blood orange juice which tasted like a blend of traditional
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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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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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27 June, 2017

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad
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Hot days filled with lots of summer activities, and warm nights begging for an easy dinner – what do you do? Taco salad is a quick meal and enjoyed by all members of the family because they can add their own favorite ingredients.  Sauté ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Add taco seasoning and beans (pinto,
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24 May, 2017

Bowl Me Over With These Pinto Beans

Bowl Me Over With These Pinto Beans
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  In Southern California, where I spent the majority of my life (about an hour and a half from the Mexican border) Mexican foods and restaurants were plentiful. I grew to appreciate many of the traditional Mexican dishes.  One thing I never attempted to make from scratch (until  recently) is pinto beans. I became brave
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12 May, 2017

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay
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“My oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way”, dippity doo dah, dippity dee ay. (Song quote from the “Song of the South” 1946. Original lyrics “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” ) Spring has finally sprung in the Pacific Northwest and we’re planning a party! Truthfully, some of our friends are choosing to get together early in
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22 March, 2017

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad
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It’s been a long winter. In one day we had snow, rain, sleet, hail, and sun (for a nanosecond). So when the weather in Oregon gets me down, I think about other places that uplift my mood. Where would that be? Almost anyplace in Italy. When in Tuscany last year I enjoyed a delicious tuna and
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11 February, 2017

NotCho Average Nachos

NotCho Average Nachos
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Lately I’ve been craving Mexican food. I don’t understand it. I’m waaaayyy too old to be having pregnancy cravings and haven’t even been around anyone pregnant to have sympathy cravings (something my hubby had often back in the day).  We stopped in to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and even that didn’t stave them off.
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23 January, 2017

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes
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Looking for a substitute for a beef burger? Vegetarian choice? Gluten free? Lighter fare? This recipe fits all the requirements and they whip up in a matter of minutes.  Chickpeas are such a versatile bean. Check out You Don’t Know Beans for more information and additional recipes. When I make these again, I might add a little more
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