3 December, 2016

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time
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  Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie from the mid-section of Italy.  They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the Italian region of Abruzzo.  The legend is that after the snakes were chased out of the Ortona village, everyone celebrated with
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1 December, 2016

Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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After October 31st it seems like the holidays and celebrations fill the calendar. It’s a fast ride from here to the New Year.  The holidays bring out family and cultural traditions. During holiday dinners Italians and Italian Americans usually serve a pasta dish before serving the main course. People were preparing food for days. When I was growing
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28 November, 2016

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!
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Chicken marsala is an Italian-American dish made with chicken, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. It dates back to the 19th century, where it most likely originated from western Sicily, where Marsala wine is produced. It is believed to be a variation of traditional Italian scaloppini dishes.  There are numerous variations of Chicken Marsala recipes. This is not the
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19 November, 2016

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!
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Italians like to make sure nothing goes to waste in the fridge.  When it comes to cooking, we use ingredients in different and non-traditional ways at times. Take, for instance, pasta for breakfast. Growing up I didn’t think anything of it, after all, my uncle owned and operated a pasta factory. When his son was
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14 November, 2016

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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A recipe for success on a cold rainy day in Oregon: meatballs! And who knew there was a movie by the name of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is about a scientist who is thought of as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky, meatballs
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13 November, 2016

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!
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It was time to make fresh ricotta and I hadn’t really planned how I was going to use it. My husband told me to “stuff it”, and I assumed he meant stuffed pasta. He could have meant something else entirely, but thought I’d go with stuffed pasta for the sake of our marriage.  What some of you
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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19 October, 2016

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole
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I was motived to make this recipe for several reasons. One, I had milk and cream that needed to be used and I hadn’t made ricotta yet this week. Two, my husband has been asking me to make him doughnut holes. And three, I saw this recipe by The Cottage Market blog and just had
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17 October, 2016

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables
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Thank goodness I have friends who have an overabundance of zucchini from their summer gardens. I’m probably the only dedicated home gardener that can’t seem to grow it in Oregon. So I rely on friends to share their surplus. Most have pulled their summer vegetable plants now that it’s mid-October and found a zucchini or two hiding
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16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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6 October, 2016

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle
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My friends in the Italian American communities all have a recipe or two from their nonna, aunt, or close relative that were passed down through generations and became family traditions.  Today’s post is about a close friend Cheri’s nonna. Her name is Giulia Papini. She was born in a small town of San Leo in 1891.
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