26 January, 2018

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two

Apple Pancake Puff – Version Two
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Making a puffed apple pancake is one of my favorite breakfasts to make for special occasions. I can get carried away though. One time when I had girlfriends over for a visit, I took the peelings from the apples and made bows and roses out of them to decorate the plate.  About a year ago
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21 November, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake
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Picture this, a woman dressed up in a 50’s style shirtwaist dress, crisply ironed apron tied neatly around her waist, nylons, and heels complete the outfit, maybe pearls around her neck. The aroma of cinnamon and apple pie drifting through the kitchen while an electric coffee pot pumps out a dark brown liquid in the background. The
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10 November, 2017

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig
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A very special friend was celebrating a milestone in her life. No, not a birthday milestone, one much more important in her life. Her husband decided on an impromptu get together with a few people to celebrate this milestone. What could I bring that would be quick and easy, yet festive? I thought the “circle
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7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
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Figs may not be a favorite fruit for most people, but to an Italian whose family generated from Southern Italy, it’s like “Fruit of the Gods” for me. Stuffed figs are a popular Pugliese treat. Traditionally, Italians will dry the figs in the sun at the end of summer or early Fall, stuff them, cook
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3 November, 2017

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter
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I confess – I love watching cooking videos and shows. (What did you think I was going to confess to? No need to comment on that!) I could become addicted to these cooking adventures that are so readily available to watch day and night, so I restrict myself to just one or two (okay maybe
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23 October, 2017

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers
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A neighbor called this morning and needed an appetizer for an event she was attending tonight. She explained it was a spur of the moment thing and would I have time to whip something up for her? Well, on my calendar today I had a booty barre class at the gym, groceries to pick up,
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28 August, 2017

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream
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The Portland area is in the midst of another heat wave with temps over 90 degrees. Best way to cool off? In my opinion, ice cream! Well, yeah there is air conditioning and hanging out in a pool of water, but of course, everything equates to food with me, so ice cream was the first
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17 July, 2017

The Berry Bunch, The Berry Bunch – Blueberries

The Berry Bunch, The Berry Bunch – Blueberries
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Love, love, love the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available in summer from local farmers’ markets and my own backyard! The only problem is that with most crops, the produce matures at about the same time. Now what to do with the surplus that can’t be eaten quickly enough? If you don’t freeze it
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7 April, 2017

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack
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In 1955 Little Richard recorded a song “Tutti Frutti” that became his first major hit record. The recording has been said to be “the sound of the birth of rock and roll.” Hopefully these tutti frutti chips will be a major hit in your kitchen. Tutti Frutti means “all fruit” in Italian. Yes, these healthy chips are all
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21 January, 2017

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto
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It seems like a lot of foods I’ve been cooking lately turn out “brown”. They don’t make eye-appealing or tempting pictures for a blog even though they are flavorful. Sometimes I wish that blogs could emit the aromas that fill the house when cooking these recipes. You know, kind of like the scratch and sniff
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20 January, 2017

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant
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Yes, eggplant is a fruit. It’s considered a cousin to the apple. In fact, in Italian, melanzana was interpreted as mela insana ‘crazy apple’, and that translates into English as mad apple. In 13th century Italian traditional folklore, the eggplant was believed to cause insanity. And yet it is a food that is used a lot in Italian cuisine. No comments
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