17 November, 2017

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me
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This recipe goes w-w-a-a-a-y-y-y back to my college days. One of the elective classes I took was theater – hard to believe, right? I was surprised at how much I loved this class because I was on a straight and narrow business track. Yet, I was being drawn into a love of the theater. My
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20 September, 2017

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 4 – Lamborghini Factory & Balsamic Vinegar

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 4 – Lamborghini Factory & Balsamic Vinegar
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The Lamborghini factory tour was beyond awesome and I don’t usually care how cars are made! Unfortunately, they don’t allow pictures in the factory so I can only try to describe what we saw. When we entered the gates, we were greeted by a gentleman in a very nice black suit. Like how many car
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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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19 May, 2017

I Now Pronounce You – Ricotta Pan”Cake”

I Now Pronounce You – Ricotta Pan”Cake”
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Dedicated followers to this blog know by now that I make ricotta cheese quite often, sometimes once a week. Fresh ricotta doesn’t have as long of a shelf life as the store bought brands so I’m always looking for new ways to use up the last bits of the ricotta before it loses its freshness. In
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1 May, 2017

Sassy And Simple Parmesan Sauce

Sassy And Simple Parmesan Sauce
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Watching cooking shows can be detrimental to my health. Not only do I salivate at everything I see being made on the show, I want to cook it in my kitchen too. One day I was watching Martha Stewart make an apple/pear tart and as soon as the show was over, I was in the
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5 February, 2017

It’s A Football, It’s A Cheeseball, It’s a Football Cheesball

It’s A Football, It’s A Cheeseball, It’s a Football Cheesball
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Super Bowl ends the football season finally! I say that because when I watch football I pay more attention to the uniforms and hair, than the score and the moves (or do they call them plays?). Just tell me what color jersey I need to be rooting for and I’m good.  So when hubby invited a
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16 January, 2017

Love Sicilian Style – Ricotta Cheesecake

Love Sicilian Style – Ricotta Cheesecake
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When we visited Sicily the first time it was almost like a whole new world of Italian food. If you’ve traveled to Italy you may have experienced that each region has their own way of creating food ~ take pasta for example. In Bari (Pulgia region in Southern Italy), orecchiette is common. The name comes from its
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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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8 December, 2016

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli
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If you’re not a fan of the Godfather movies you may not recognize the phrase “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It is a classic! Clemenza’s wife wanted cannoli and asks him to bring some home. So no matter what his day at work looked like, even killing or beating up people, he’d better not
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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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19 October, 2016

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole
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I was motived to make this recipe for several reasons. One, I had milk and cream that needed to be used and I hadn’t made ricotta yet this week. Two, my husband has been asking me to make him doughnut holes. And three, I saw this recipe by The Cottage Market blog and just had
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16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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