19 January, 2018

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings
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National Potato Day is August 19th by some sources like The Punchbowl and October 27th by others like Foodimentary. Foodimentary’s website is dedicated to National Food Holidays and is a fun read. It starts with January 1 being National Bloody Mary Day, well at least that’s where I started. A few Bloody Mary’s later… oops,
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16 January, 2018

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes
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Potatoes are a good food source that have saved people from starvation in hard times and yet have taken a bad rap when the world became carb conscious. Some interesting facts from the International Potato Center:  “There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. Potato is the third
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12 January, 2018

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup
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According to Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader:  “Onions are edible bulbs with stalks that grow a couple of feet above ground. Members of the onion family include leeks, scallions, garlic, shallots and chives. Onions were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and believed that their round shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Roman gladiators were rubbed down
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5 January, 2018

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes
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Cooking The Books is a clever title for a book club that focuses on cookbooks. Our local library hosts this bookclub every month and it’s not only well attended by people who love cookbooks but also for the delectable dishes that the members make and share from that month’s featured cookbook. In the spring the
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12 December, 2017

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo
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It’s the holiday season! Celebrations abound. In our household this time of year my husband breaks out his Bloody Mary recipe and starts making batches for everyone to enjoy. That being said, there are times when there is just a cup or so leftover after a day’s festivities. (I know, hard to believe, but occasionally
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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28 November, 2017

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs
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Does the Julie Andrews song “My Favorite Things” ever go running through your head? No? Well, maybe it’s just me. Some of the lyrics to that song make no sense to me: “Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Doorbells and sleigh bells And schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
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22 November, 2017

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes
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Watching a PBS special the other night with James Taylor and Carole King brought back  memories of great music by two iconic artists. The music that each created during their careers spoke to what was going on in people’s lives (as well as their own) at that time. It was comforting to listen to these familiar
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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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14 November, 2017

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes
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Thanksgiving dinner is only about a week away and I still have to get the menu together. What I’ve learned over the years is to try out new recipes before feeding it to dinner guests. Does that always work? Well, no, but I do warn guests that they are being “guinea pigs” if I serve
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31 October, 2017

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf
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Meatloaf on Halloween? Absolutely! And with a magic surprise inside! One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. These three ladies dressed up as goofy witches makes me laugh hysterically each time I watch it. Yes, it’s a “must-watch” in our house this time of year, just like
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