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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12 April, 2017

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner
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It amazes me how everything in life cycles. Kitchen cooking tools for example. It seems like I’ve spent my life collecting the perfect pots and pans, slow cookers, etc., and now, the trend is to cook one-pan meals. Whether it is on a baking sheet, or instant pot, dutch oven, or, or, or… recipes are
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29 March, 2017

Do You Know Braciole Like I Know Braciole? Oh, Oh, Oh What A Dish!

Do You Know Braciole Like I Know Braciole? Oh, Oh, Oh What A Dish!
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The first thing you need to know (if you are not Italian) is how to pronounce this Italian meat dish. When in an Italian restaurant I’ve heard people order “bra-key-o-lee”. Here’s a YouTube pronunciation that gives the word a different spin Braciola. The version I found most like what I know from my upbringing is this
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13 March, 2017

Pork The Tenderloin With Brown Sugar & Balsamic – Oh Yeah

Pork The Tenderloin With Brown Sugar & Balsamic – Oh Yeah
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It was time to make hubby a special dinner. He has been working hard cleaning up after construction, putting up new ceiling fans, light fixtures, moving furniture, and oh yeah, it was his birthday. We’d been out to breakfast and lunch to celebrate several times in the week. So for his birthday dinner he choose
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8 March, 2017

It’s Time For A Trip To Get Authentic Italian Food – Enzo’s Caffe Italiano

It’s Time For A Trip To Get Authentic Italian Food – Enzo’s Caffe Italiano
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Italophilia, a fellow blogger recently said, “Today is just one of those days when I am terribly terribly missing Italy. Troppo 😦 You might think and say, “when do you not”?? Well…okay.. you could be almost right there but today is not that daily “I wish I were in Italy sipping a glass of vino in my favorite piazza” feeling
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27 February, 2017

Hello? It’s Me – Turkey Meatloaf

Hello? It’s Me – Turkey Meatloaf
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HELLO, from the other side (of meatloaf) I must have tried you a thousand times I think I found a good recipe now For turkey meatloaf – giving a break to the cow Okay a song writer I’m NOT! Sorry Adele for trying to adapt your lyrics. My point? Turning ground turkey into meatloaf is
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31 January, 2017

Shepherd’s Pie Without The Herd of Sheep

Shepherd’s Pie Without The Herd of Sheep
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Shepherd’s pie is not in the rotation of often fixed recipes at our house. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made it while we’ve lived in Oregon and that’s been 11 years. It’s not that I don’t like it, or that it is too ubiquitous, I just never think to make it. NOTE: I stole the word
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30 January, 2017

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket
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You have to be pretty old to remember the children’s nursery rhyme A-Tisket, A-Tasket, or hang around old people who do. The song/nursery rhyme was first known in the US in 1879. This upbeat tune was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1938.   A few fun facts from Wikipedia: “The music for the song was used
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27 December, 2016

Leftover Prime Rib Options – Tacos, Hash, And More!

Leftover Prime Rib Options – Tacos, Hash, And More!
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Cooking is not a precise science, at least it’s not for me. Even though I read a recipe with suggested servings, I seem to always end up with a little too much food (sometimes a lot). I’m not sure if that’s the Italian part of me – because you know an Italian will never let
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21 December, 2016

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas
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Forget the partridge in a pear tree, maids a milking, and golden rings (although a gold or silver ring under the tree would be okay). Let’s talk dinner! On the tenth day before Christmas my true love said to me, What appetizers will we be having on Christmas? My answer: an antipasti plate with Italian
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