9 March, 2018

Oh The Pastabilities – Tortellini With Butternut Squash & Sausage

Oh The Pastabilities – Tortellini With Butternut Squash & Sausage
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  Visiting Bologna, Italy several times has left me with many beautiful memories of the meats, cheeses, pastas, wines, the city of Bologna, and the countryside surrounding the city. It’s where I had my first experience of making tortellini and tortelloni by experts in the field. A previous blog chronicled this visit. If you want to
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6 March, 2018

The Secret Life Of The Cornish Game Hen

The Secret Life Of The Cornish Game Hen
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It looks like a chicken and tastes like a chicken, but it’s not….. exactly, well maybe. I was fooled once by the fingerling potatoes that I mistook for small potatoes harvested from the ground before they grew big. I want to make sure I’m not fooled by these baby chickens called Cornish Game Hens so
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23 February, 2018

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw
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Coleslaw is such a versatile dish and can be prepared with a large variety of ingredients. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say, “Coleslaw (from the Dutch term koolsla meaning ‘cabbage salad’), also known as coleslaw or slaw, is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise.” There are hundreds of recipes on the internet and in cookbooks, all varying just
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20 February, 2018

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls
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Baking bread of any type is a favorite guilty pleasure of mine. I know what you’re thinking, cooking of any kind is a happy thing for me, however, there’s something about baking bread that adds extra joy. I don’t know if it’s the kneading of the bread, or the aroma of bread baking in the
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16 February, 2018

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice
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Cooking in season is a goal of mine. Winter vegetables are so hearty and nutritious. I enjoy adding them to my recipes in the winter time specifically, and year around when I can find them grown locally (if I’m not growing them in my garden). Today’s recipe features butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, and
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9 February, 2018

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup
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Busy day? Want something warm and tasty to serve for dinner? This recipe might be just what you’re looking for and is relatively fuss-free.  Every once in a while we get a craving for Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was abundant, Mexican restaurants were popular, and ingredients were easy to find
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6 February, 2018

Porkbuster Chops

Porkbuster Chops
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These days my freeway commute is not to the office to work, but to the gym to workout. I still carpool when I can which makes the drive, however long or short, more interesting. We may discuss politics, marriage, travel, books, hobbies, and conversations always seem to include food. Shocker, right?  On more than one
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30 January, 2018

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone
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I can remember when Italian restaurants would serve garlic bread when you sat down at the table much like Mexican restaurants that bring chips and salsa to the table. Well, that isn’t the “norm” these days. In fact, if you want garlic bread at some restaurants today, you have to pay extra! Maybe the more recent
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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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