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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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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28 August, 2017

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream
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The Portland area is in the midst of another heat wave with temps over 90 degrees. Best way to cool off? In my opinion, ice cream! Well, yeah there is air conditioning and hanging out in a pool of water, but of course, everything equates to food with me, so ice cream was the first
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7 August, 2017

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #1

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #1
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Here is the week you’ve been waiting for (or not) revealing the Zucchini Bread Taste Off with three very different bread recipes. This first one, a healthy version, is from Betty Crocker. It uses applesauce in place of a lot of oil and makes a really moist bread. If you don’t have applesauce on hand,
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2 August, 2017

Cookie Jar Empty? Try Oat Nut Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Cookie Jar Empty? Try Oat Nut Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies
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Question, who still has a cookie jar and uses it? I have friends with cookie jar collections, but don’t know of any who use a cookie jar anymore – well at least that would admit it. Do people just not eat cookies these days? Or is a “sleeve” of Oreos just that, a cellophane tube
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17 July, 2017

The Berry Bunch, The Berry Bunch – Blueberries

The Berry Bunch, The Berry Bunch – Blueberries
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Love, love, love the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available in summer from local farmers’ markets and my own backyard! The only problem is that with most crops, the produce matures at about the same time. Now what to do with the surplus that can’t be eaten quickly enough? If you don’t freeze it
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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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12 June, 2017

Slightly Spicy Caramel Popcorn

Slightly Spicy Caramel Popcorn
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I’ve been testing recipes for America’s Test Kitchen for years. They have a cooking show on TV, do food and recipe demonstrations at local venues around the country, and create cookbooks with these recipes. I don’t remember how I hooked up with them originally, but it has been a fun experience and always interesting to
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3 May, 2017

Edible Butterflies And Dragonflies

Edible Butterflies And Dragonflies
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We are so privileged to have “bonus” grandchildren (children and grandchildren of close friends who’ve adopted us as “bonus” grandparents.) They enjoy coming over to visit, playing Wii sports, sewing, cooking, and sometimes just blowing bubbles. It’s so hard to pull children away from TV, phones, and computers these days, it’s a delight for us
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26 April, 2017

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event
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One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the close proximity to a large number of the 700+ wineries in the state. If you are a member of any one of these local wineries you have certain privileges (depending on the winery) that usually include free wine tastings, pick-up parties,
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14 April, 2017

Cooking The Books Chocolate Challenge

Cooking The Books Chocolate Challenge
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This month’s “Cooking The Books” group had a chocolate challenge. While visions of everything chocolate danced in my head I had to step back for a Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory moment. I do not have a staff of Ooopma Loompas to help me create fabulous chocolate delicacies. And being not quite a month post-op from
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