26 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli
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Last day in the Puglia area. Wow our time here flew by! The storm has passed and we are clear to take off to Gallipoli, on the Ionic Sea. Manduria Mercato Olives and nuts.Grains of every imaginable kind. Dried fava! I’ve looked forward to this market all week. Visiting the markets here in Italy is
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24 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family
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All weather reports predicted a rain storm today, but we all took our positive attitudes to the beach so we could enjoy one more day.  Antimo conducted an impromptu exercise class with breathing, stretching, a little yoga, a few movements with weights and resistance bands, and voila! It wasn’t as if we didn’t need it
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23 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night
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  We’re off to Ostuni today. I remember a few years ago when we were taking the train from Bari to Brindisi – Antimo told us once we saw the “white” city of Ostuni to get our luggage together because the next stop would be ours. It was a good thing he warned us because
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15 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda
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A day trip to Lago di Garda to visit the towns of Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda. The lake area is only about a half hour from our apartment. Lake Garda is a very unusual shaped lake and is the largest in Italy. We had time today to visit a few of the towns around the lake.  The first
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8 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina
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We had absolutely nothing pre-planned for today. After doing a bit of laundry and hanging everything on the line – like they do here in Italy – we decided to head for the sea. Lunch today would be Fruti di Mare (fruit of the sea aka seafood), pesce (fish), or whatever! We were headed to
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7 June, 2017

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad
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  What can I say about salads? Just that I love them and can eat them almost every day for lunch and/or dinner, especially in the summer. Each day is a new adventure – what ingredients to put in my salad today? And frequently, leftovers dictate what the day’s lunch will be.  I know you
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31 May, 2017

Veracruzana-Style Mahi-Mahi – Fast, Healthy, And Delicious

Veracruzana-Style Mahi-Mahi – Fast, Healthy, And Delicious
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  I’m so excited to introduce you to a friend and guest food blogger, Robyn Feldberg.  Robyn is an executive career coach and resume writer with a passion for writing, food, and cooking. With deep culinary roots (her grandfather was a restaurateur and her mother, a caterer), Robyn started helping in the kitchen as a
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22 March, 2017

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad
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It’s been a long winter. In one day we had snow, rain, sleet, hail, and sun (for a nanosecond). So when the weather in Oregon gets me down, I think about other places that uplift my mood. Where would that be? Almost anyplace in Italy. When in Tuscany last year I enjoyed a delicious tuna and
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14 February, 2017

Lobster, Lobster, Give Me The News, I’ve Got A Bad Case Of Lovin’ You

Lobster, Lobster, Give Me The News, I’ve Got A Bad Case Of Lovin’ You
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  When people ask me how long I’ve been married, I tell them I’ve had 25 happy years of marriage. In actuality. hubby and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary this week. So, as you might expect there were days…..  Why we decided to get married a few days from Valentine’s Day is beyond
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17 January, 2017

Stuff THAT in Your Avocado!

Stuff THAT in Your Avocado!
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A simple light meal is appreciated any time of  year. This is easy, healthy, quick to make and can be served for lunch or dinner.  People have definite tuna preferences. I have a good friend who only likes one type of tuna that she buys at Trader Joe’s (Cheri). Another friend swears tuna packed in olive oil
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5 January, 2017

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It
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  Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you are swimming upstream all…..day…..long? Well, today was one of those days for me in the kitchen. It really wasn’t a terribly challenging day, just …. well, let me explain.  I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for weeks. I purchased the salmon
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19 December, 2016

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition
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Christmas is this week! It occurs every year about this time, yet I still seem to be surprised when the week before Christmas actually arrives. (No one ever accused me of being too bright.) In my mind I think I am organized, cookies baked, presents made, or bought. Decorations up (few though they may be this year).
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