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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10 April, 2017

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies
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Limoncello and ricotta are two things I make quite often. On the rare occasion when I make both on the same day, well, I just have to make something like these limoncello ricotta cookies.  Cookies are my kryptonite. You can have your pies and cakes, I’m a cookie lover. It’s all I can do to
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7 April, 2017

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack
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In 1955 Little Richard recorded a song “Tutti Frutti” that became his first major hit record. The recording has been said to be “the sound of the birth of rock and roll.” Hopefully these tutti frutti chips will be a major hit in your kitchen. Tutti Frutti means “all fruit” in Italian. Yes, these healthy chips are all
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24 March, 2017

Dirt Candy – Really?

Dirt Candy – Really?
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Dirt candy? The title of this recipe really confused me. I had to find out more about it. I found a restaurant by that name DirtCandy. It only serves vegetables. Interesting menu with items like: Korean fried broccoli – described as “crack in broccoli form.” Well, maybe they think so, I’m not so sure. Now I’ve
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17 March, 2017

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen
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Once a month I like to share five interesting tidbits I have collected while working on the blog. Hope you find this month’s “sage” interesting, informative, and amusing.   We’ve been doing a lot of freshening up and cleaning around here in the hopes that spring will arrive soon. To get enthusiastic about cleaning, a song
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10 March, 2017

When Nothing But Chocolate Will Do – Make Dark Chocolate Bark

When Nothing But Chocolate Will Do – Make Dark Chocolate Bark
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Chocolate cures all ills – I believe that –  yes I do! A few days ago I received the unfortunate news from my spine specialist. In case you have not been following this blog since its inception, the food blog was created to give me something to do while recovering from a fractured back… until I could have
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10 February, 2017

Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
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To quote Nestle: “This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion.” And it seems like today was a good day to make cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies.  Typically chocolate chip cookies were the first cookies most of us made. You may have fond memories from your childhood of making
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