17 April, 2018

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti
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When we were in Italy last Fall, we visited Manduria, where Anna lives. She is Antimo Cimino’s mother and the sweetest lady on the planet. She works hard every day cooking and baking for her husband and family. This visit she taught me how to make her famous biscotti cookies. These cookies are like the
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30 March, 2018

Three Men And A Little Bacon, Baby!

Three Men And A Little Bacon, Baby!
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Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! Bacon for breakfast, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich for lunch, bacon wrapped steak for dinner. It’s a food that translates to any meal of the day. Even vegetarians can enjoy bacon – check out this eggplant bacon. These caramelized bacon bites were a hit at hubby’s First Friday guys night out event (all guys
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16 March, 2018

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites
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I must be some kind of nut (if you know me, you know that I am). I keep making different types of granola bars. I do love them and know my homemade bars are made with real food – not ingredients/chemicals I can’t pronounce that are added to store brand bars to help keep them
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27 February, 2018

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?
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Pinterest, the lifeblood, and death of me sometimes. I’m constantly saving recipes, crafts, gardening ideas, etc. to this “notebook in the sky.” It’s a little out of my comfort zone to use Pinterest, yet I love seeing what’s posted and “out there” to learn about.  I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and thought
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20 February, 2018

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls
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Baking bread of any type is a favorite guilty pleasure of mine. I know what you’re thinking, cooking of any kind is a happy thing for me, however, there’s something about baking bread that adds extra joy. I don’t know if it’s the kneading of the bread, or the aroma of bread baking in the
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23 January, 2018

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar
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A little boost of energy in the morning is something most of us seek, especially during what can be dreary mornings in winter. This breakfast bar is so easy – you literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together, bake, and you are done! One of the ingredients in these bars is cream
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22 December, 2017

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

Flashback Friday – Happy Holidays!

  The holidays are here, and being celebrated in households across the country and throughout the world. So instead of posting a recipe that no one has time to try a few days before Christmas, here are a few links to prior posts with recipes that are useful this time of year. Appetizers and Small
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15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
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The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media
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10 November, 2017

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig
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A very special friend was celebrating a milestone in her life. No, not a birthday milestone, one much more important in her life. Her husband decided on an impromptu get together with a few people to celebrate this milestone. What could I bring that would be quick and easy, yet festive? I thought the “circle
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7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
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Figs may not be a favorite fruit for most people, but to an Italian whose family generated from Southern Italy, it’s like “Fruit of the Gods” for me. Stuffed figs are a popular Pugliese treat. Traditionally, Italians will dry the figs in the sun at the end of summer or early Fall, stuff them, cook
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23 October, 2017

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers
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A neighbor called this morning and needed an appetizer for an event she was attending tonight. She explained it was a spur of the moment thing and would I have time to whip something up for her? Well, on my calendar today I had a booty barre class at the gym, groceries to pick up,
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17 October, 2017

Vegalicious Tromboncino Made Into Baba Ganoush

Vegalicious Tromboncino Made Into Baba Ganoush
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What is a tromboncino squash? It looks like something out of Cinderella’s garden, long and somewhat curly. Not a typical looking summer or zucchini squash. The vines wander all over the garden and surrounding area. One might think with a whisk of a magic wand, a carriage might appear to take Cinderella to the famous
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