20 October, 2017

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin
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A few years ago, our friends from New York and my hubby and me were wine tasting in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley that has a rich history of producing fabulous pinot noir. We were having a good time tasting at a few wineries, and then we met Michael. He was the tasting room manager at the last
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29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
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To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
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28 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
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  Started our day with a cappuccino and a pastry, like anyone would do when in Italy.   To get to our destination we had to practically take planes, trains, and automobiles. We started on the Rome metro, changed trains and got off the metro in Piramide. Then we got on a train train (not Metro
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4 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 1

2017 – Volterra Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep (who am I kidding?) and a wonderful espresso, we’re ready to conquer the roads of Tuscany. Well, there was more than just espresso for breakfast and I have to share since this IS a food and travel blog.  We had blood orange juice which tasted like a blend of traditional
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19 July, 2017

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf
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Meatloaf has earned a reputation as a comfort food. And today we needed/wanted comfort food. You know those days….I’m sure you’ve had one at some point. People have their own favorites of what they consider comfort food and what they turn to at this time. Me? I turn to Italian food. Hubby wants “meat.” So
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27 June, 2017

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad
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Hot days filled with lots of summer activities, and warm nights begging for an easy dinner – what do you do? Taco salad is a quick meal and enjoyed by all members of the family because they can add their own favorite ingredients.  Sauté ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Add taco seasoning and beans (pinto,
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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14 June, 2017

Keeping A Marriage Together With Pork Chops And Stuffing

Keeping A Marriage Together With Pork Chops And Stuffing
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What have I learned about having a marriage that lasts 45 years? One thing for sure, keep husband well fed. The old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is true in our relationship. A few other amusing quotes: “Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right. The other
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2 June, 2017

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili
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What chili ingredients are most important to you? The meat or the beans? And if it’s meat only, which type of meat? Ground beef, ground turkey or some chunk cut of beef that simmers well and adds enormous flavor? If you are vegetarian or prefer the bean only chili, that opens up an entirely different
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26 May, 2017

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven
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  Whenever meat, chicken or fish goes on sale at the grocery store, I stock up. I hate to say “for a rainy day” as we’ve had a lot of those in the Pacific Northwest this year. Good thing though, I was stocked up and ready! One thing I do after purchasing a large quantity of
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26 April, 2017

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event
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One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the close proximity to a large number of the 700+ wineries in the state. If you are a member of any one of these local wineries you have certain privileges (depending on the winery) that usually include free wine tastings, pick-up parties,
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24 April, 2017

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon
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  I think I’ve been watching too many French themed movies while recovering from back surgery. These movies have all featured romantic city scapes, beautiful countryside scenes, and luscious food and wine. If you’re in the mood for an entertaining romantic movie, here are a a few I’ve indulged in lately: French Kiss, An American in
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