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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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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14 December, 2016

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!
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  Comfort food. Ah yes. We have our favorites from childhood and adulthood. And the time of year dictates what comfort food you might crave.  A crisp fall day may bring back a love for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Or on a cold wintery night only spaghetti and meatballs will satisfy you. Meatloaf is another
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11 December, 2016

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner
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Shopping, decorating, and baking…. this is a busy time of year for most, no matter what or how you celebrate. This dinner is a one-pot meal that you can fix in the morning and forget until dinner time. I have to warn you though, the aromas of the meat and vegetables cooking will permeate the house.
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6 November, 2016

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!
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  Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread – there may be. Ray Stannard Baker (BrainyQuote)      I was checking my Facebook posts this morning and was reminded by Frank at Everybody Loves Italian how wonderful it is to have Sunday’s dinner cooking all day
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