19 April, 2017

What Could Be Better Than Great Food And Good Wine – Travel Of Course!

What Could Be Better Than Great Food And Good Wine – Travel Of Course!
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Welcome to the new website. I know it doesn’t look different yet – but I am working on changes that will launch in a few months. I’m taking this opportunity to combine both food and travel experiences. Since we have a trip planned to Italy this year, once the new website pages are in place, I’ll be
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5 April, 2017

Penne For Your Thoughts

Penne For Your Thoughts
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Two weeks post complicated back surgery (recovery going well), you probably don’t want to know my thoughts. The anesthesia “fog” brain has left my vocabulary somewhat lacking. Each day my hubby asks if we are doing “nouns” today or if I was adding “adjectives” back into my sentences. Luckily I had created and scheduled blogs
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27 March, 2017

Make The Kitchen Grate Again

Make The Kitchen Grate Again
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A subject I haven’t touched on and really, doesn’t get much attention in the world of cooking is a grater. They are oh so necessary to grate cheese – hard or soft. They are convenient for grating whole spices like nutmeg. They are handy for small jobs like shredding carrots or ginger root.  There are
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20 March, 2017

No Cooking Today – Although Knives Will Be Used

No Cooking Today – Although Knives Will Be Used
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Knives are an important instrument in cooking. Chefs travel with their knives and are inseparable like a baby and his favorite blanket. Huffington Post has a good post on The Single Most Important Kitchen Tool, featuring the choosing, caring, cleaning, sharpening, and storing of knives. In a lifetime of cooking, I’ve gone through a number of knives,
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17 March, 2017

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen
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Once a month I like to share five interesting tidbits I have collected while working on the blog. Hope you find this month’s “sage” interesting, informative, and amusing.   We’ve been doing a lot of freshening up and cleaning around here in the hopes that spring will arrive soon. To get enthusiastic about cleaning, a song
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1 March, 2017

Babica Who? Hen? Is This An Egg & Chicken Thing?

Babica Who? Hen? Is This An Egg & Chicken Thing?
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Painters left last week.  Yay! They did a fabulous job of taking wallpaper off three bathrooms and the kitchen. What a complicated and tedious job – thank heavens Cherry City Painters was up to the task. So now the work starts for hubby and me. Time to clean up and put everything back.  Before we start
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16 February, 2017

Fiddler On The Roof – A Little Bit of This & That

Fiddler On The Roof – A Little Bit of This & That
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Do you ever have those days when you feel like you are trying to balance a thousand things on top of a high-pitched roof? With construction going on in the kitchen for a week now, I feel like I’m headed to the rooftop to fiddle. Loved the movie Fiddler On The Roof and to take the
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13 February, 2017

Can’t Cook Tonight, No Pilot Light

Can’t Cook Tonight, No Pilot Light
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This week we are having some minor renovations to the kitchen and baths which causes havoc throughout the house, especially the kitchen. What does this really mean to my cooking and the blog? I can’t cook because the kitchen is out of order, taped off, covered in plastic.  Aacckk! Kitchen rehab has occurred in steps over the
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3 February, 2017

Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool…. Balls?

Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool…. Balls?
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  Okay, let me explain. I’ve been fascinated by the latest dryer enhancement, wool balls. Just the mention of them has my hubby in hysterics and a thousand innuendos spewing from his lips, most not repeatable in print. I know this is off-topic from food, but thought it is a worthy “renewable” and eco-friendly thing
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26 January, 2017

Liquid Gold aka Olive Oil

Liquid Gold aka Olive Oil
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Olive oil is such an essential ingredient in my cooking. I can’t imagine a kitchen without at least one bottle. I favor extra virgin olive oil for most of my cooking. I learned some interesting facts about olive oil when I was in Manduria, Italy. A few notes from my 2015 travel blog: “One of
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3 January, 2017

Handy Dandy Tips & Resources

Handy Dandy Tips & Resources
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Every once in a while I have to remind myself that I don’t know it all. Well, like every day! And so I look to others for their brilliance and knowledge of topics, recipes, and general musings about life that I want to know more about. Here are a few I’d like to share with
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28 December, 2016

I Made A Pasta Mistake And Turned It Into Dog Bones

I Made A Pasta Mistake And Turned It Into Dog Bones
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To make a statement like “I made a pasta mistake and turned it into dog bones”  you probably think I’ve been hitting the egg nog a bit hard. That might be true…. it was Bloody Mary’s actually and I had to finish the batch because I needed the space in the fridge. Good enough excuse?
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