22 May, 2018

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold
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Springtime awakens the earth and brings out the beauty of nature. The harsh winter weather has faded so gastronomic delights have shifted from heavy stews to lighter fare. The ingredients in these Greek Chicken Quesadillas are essentially Greek salad fixings wrapped up in a tortilla and can be eaten hot or cold.  I tried this
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18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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8 May, 2018

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!
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Taquitos have a history in our family, well mostly with my hubby. Back in the day, he used to eat them by the dozen. Yes, literally by the dozen! He claims he only ate 10 at a time, but why quibble over two taquitos. (I swear it was a dozen.) He would buy them frozen
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4 May, 2018

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo
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Growing up in Southern California and living most of my life less than two hours from the Mexican border I was exposed to good Mexican food. Mexican restaurants are abundant in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  When we moved to Oregon a little over ten years ago I realized that good Mexican food
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20 April, 2018

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash
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Do you have a favorite “go-to” meal that you just have to have when you are not feeling well? Soups have such a calming and nurturing effect. Chicken soup is a popular favorite for many people. How about good old Campbell’s tomato soup? That is also on the list of top soups for the sick. 
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13 April, 2018

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad
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Some movies are destined to become popular and ultimately classics that live on in the minds of movie goers. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of those classics that is revisited every Christmas time and quotes from the movie are shared over and over. “When Harry Met Sally” is another movie that falls into the
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10 April, 2018

DNA, Greek Turkey Burgers, And Me

DNA, Greek Turkey Burgers, And Me
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I had my DNA processed a few weeks ago and found out that there is a little Greek ancestry mixed in with my very predominate Italian roots. Well, Greece is just across the water from Bari, Italy where half my family is located so not really a big surprise to me. But somehow knowing this
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27 March, 2018

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta
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When you think of a rainbow, I’m sure you don’t automatically think of rainbow-colored artisan pasta… or do you? If nothing else, this blog might encourage you to break out into the “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” song (either the Judy Garland version or the Isreal “IZ” Kamakawiso’ole version.) I’m privileged to share this fabulous post
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23 March, 2018

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!
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Have you ever experienced the odor from a cauliflower field when it’s past its prime? A farm near our house hadn’t cleared the fields and let the cauliflower disintegrate on the vine. Ohh the smell was awful!! I even avoided the streets that bordered that field so I wouldn’t get the rotten field stench. It kept
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20 March, 2018

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters
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Bean soup – how basic can it be? Well, that’s what I like about this recipe – it can be as basic as you want it, or by adding more ingredients and/or exotic beans, you can change the complexity and depth of the flavors.  I first learned of this soup recipe from Emily Barnes. She
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