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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12 December, 2016

Gingerbread Men Made With Small Hands And Love

Gingerbread Men Made With Small Hands And Love
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There’s nothing better than making cookies around Christmas time. And children just add a magical spirit to the experience. Since all of our family lives in different states, we are fortunate to have “bonus” grandkids grace our doorstep occasionally. We have so much fun together! Today’s activities included making gifts for teachers, Christmas decorations, and gingerbread cookies
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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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3 December, 2016

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time
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  Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie from the mid-section of Italy.  They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the Italian region of Abruzzo.  The legend is that after the snakes were chased out of the Ortona village, everyone celebrated with
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2 December, 2016

Puff The Magic…. Apple Pancake

Puff The Magic…. Apple Pancake
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It’s the weekend or holiday, and you want to make something special for breakfast. This tasty treat may be it! And it feeds four people easily. The next question is to peel or not to peel the apple? I like apple peel so it doesn’t matter to me if the peel is included. I didn’t find
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9 November, 2016

Yes, We Have No Bananas….Because We Made Banana Muffins!

Yes, We Have No Bananas….Because We Made Banana Muffins!
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  This is such a versatile recipe you could use these muffins for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Well, frankly, these muffins are good anytime of day.  I’ve made it into muffins and small loafs. The small loafs make great gifts for neighbors and friends. Who doesn’t welcome a package of a tasty homemade treat? I like that this
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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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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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14 October, 2016

Healthy Banana Granola Bars

Healthy Banana Granola Bars
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What do YOU do with over-ripe bananas? Make banana bread? Freeze and put in smoothies? This quick and easy granola bar is a perfect way to use up a few bananas, and they are healthy too! No refined sugar in this recipe. I found it on myfitnesspal.com and was delighted to use up some bananas and Medjool dates
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8 October, 2016

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest

It’s Apple Time in The Pacific Northwest
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So we all know the story about the Garden of Eden and the apple. Yeah poor Adam let Eve talk him into eating the apple and gets them banished from paradise. Well, thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that here in the Pacific Northwest. It would be hell not having the opportunity to
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