22 May, 2018

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold
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Springtime awakens the earth and brings out the beauty of nature. The harsh winter weather has faded so gastronomic delights have shifted from heavy stews to lighter fare. The ingredients in these Greek Chicken Quesadillas are essentially Greek salad fixings wrapped up in a tortilla and can be eaten hot or cold.  I tried this
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18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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15 May, 2018

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins
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Who says healthy recipes can’t be tasty and easy to make? And don’t let the flaxseed in this recipe scare you away. My “I don’t eat muffins, especially healthy ones” hubby ate a bunch of these. Did I tell him they were a healthy version and contained zucchini? No! I’m not stupid! Of course, I
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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8 May, 2018

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!
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Taquitos have a history in our family, well mostly with my hubby. Back in the day, he used to eat them by the dozen. Yes, literally by the dozen! He claims he only ate 10 at a time, but why quibble over two taquitos. (I swear it was a dozen.) He would buy them frozen
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4 May, 2018

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo
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Growing up in Southern California and living most of my life less than two hours from the Mexican border I was exposed to good Mexican food. Mexican restaurants are abundant in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  When we moved to Oregon a little over ten years ago I realized that good Mexican food
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1 May, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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It’s the fifth month of the year already?! Spring is spreading across the nation, grass growing, and flowers peeking out from winter. And, as happens every month, another five favorites to share. A few videos, recipes, entertainment, and healthful tips make up this month’s featured favs.     Beginner meatloaf. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, this recipe
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27 April, 2018

Clouds, Clouds, Everywhere Are Clouds… Ricotta Limoncello Clouds

Clouds, Clouds, Everywhere Are Clouds… Ricotta Limoncello Clouds
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Just when I’d thought I had run out of ways to use ricotta and limoncello, these healthy (hardly seems possible) and flourless meringue clouds appeared to me like a dream. Well, truth be told, I saw a recipe for donuts that gave me the idea. Now you must be wondering, how could a donut recipe
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24 April, 2018

Sunrise, Sunset, Food & Drinks In Paradise

Sunrise, Sunset, Food & Drinks In Paradise
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Everyone has their own perception of paradise – I’m particularly partial to most all areas of Italy (no surprise there if you’ve read any of my travel blogs). Some prefer Hawaii or France, or home, or even just a quiet moment in the day. And yes, we should consider our homes our favorite paradise. But
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20 April, 2018

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash
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Do you have a favorite “go-to” meal that you just have to have when you are not feeling well? Soups have such a calming and nurturing effect. Chicken soup is a popular favorite for many people. How about good old Campbell’s tomato soup? That is also on the list of top soups for the sick. 
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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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13 April, 2018

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad
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Some movies are destined to become popular and ultimately classics that live on in the minds of movie goers. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of those classics that is revisited every Christmas time and quotes from the movie are shared over and over. “When Harry Met Sally” is another movie that falls into the
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