30 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica
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The last day of our Roman adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Pyramid of Cestius. We took the metro to meet Luigi, an architect who lives in Rome near Piramide. He was coming with us to Ostia Antica. He told us about this pyramid which looked new against the backdrop of the ancient city.
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7 July, 2017

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One
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Raise your hand if you knew what fava beans were before the movie “Silence of The Lambs.” The famous line from the movie:  Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Well, skip the liver, human or otherwise, and enjoy
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8 May, 2017

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta
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It’s Spring! Backyard gardeners are prepping their soil, checking seeds, or veggie starts. Anticipation of summer harvests looms in the air. Since moving to Oregon I have had the worst luck trying to grow zucchini. In fact I haven’t harvested one full grown zucchini in 10 years! In my Southern California garden, I couldn’t pick
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10 April, 2017

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies
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Limoncello and ricotta are two things I make quite often. On the rare occasion when I make both on the same day, well, I just have to make something like these limoncello ricotta cookies.  Cookies are my kryptonite. You can have your pies and cakes, I’m a cookie lover. It’s all I can do to
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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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12 January, 2017

Fennel Digestif (Liqueur) – Italian Remedy For An Upset Tummy

Fennel Digestif (Liqueur) – Italian Remedy For An Upset Tummy
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The weather outside is frightening…. We’re having a winter storm in the Pacific Northwest and it seems a lot of the country is having the same. Rosemary on the deck is toughing it out. We had a little warning from the weather people so neighbors have been stocking up on bread and milk in case they
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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4 December, 2016

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!
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Gnocchi is one of those Italian dishes that some people have a hesitation to try. Or they have tried it and decided they just don’t like it. While most restaurants do a decent job of preparing gnocchi, there are tastier versions you can make that may change your mind about this delightful pillowy pasta. The most common
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23 November, 2016

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving holiday in the US is tomorrow and I can picture most of you preparing something today for your dinner feast OR making reservations for a nearby restaurant. And that’s okay too!  While I try to be thankful and appreciative for all the fortunes of love, life, and laughter everyday, this time of year in particular we all
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20 November, 2016

Spice It Up With A Little Italian…. Seasoning

Spice It Up With A Little Italian…. Seasoning
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  Italians are known for being a little spicy… in a manner of speaking. Does being a short Italian count in the phrase “spice it up with a little Italian”? Myself and a few other short Italians I know could qualify if that was the case. (Not that I’m naming names Cheri, Julia, and Tina)
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26 October, 2016

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast
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I love a bargain! When our local grocery store had pork shoulder/butt roast on sale I had to buy one, well, the price was so good, I bought two. One went immediately into the freezer and I used the other to make up a few meals. Here is the results: four different meals from a 3
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24 October, 2016

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage
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When I travel I always take a cooking class or two, or three. It’s so much fun to learn from people in other areas of the world. Last year when I was in Southern Italy (Manduria) I had a unique experience while visiting the home of local residents with Antimo, an experiential guide and travel
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