22 November, 2017

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes
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Watching a PBS special the other night with James Taylor and Carole King brought back  memories of great music by two iconic artists. The music that each created during their careers spoke to what was going on in people’s lives (as well as their own) at that time. It was comforting to listen to these familiar
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21 November, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake
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Picture this, a woman dressed up in a 50’s style shirtwaist dress, crisply ironed apron tied neatly around her waist, nylons, and heels complete the outfit, maybe pearls around her neck. The aroma of cinnamon and apple pie drifting through the kitchen while an electric coffee pot pumps out a dark brown liquid in the background. The
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20 November, 2017

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!
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Thanksgiving week in the US brings up diverse emotions. There are those who are panicked because there are expectations around this holiday with food, family, and friends. There are those who are salivating not especially because of the food served on Thanksgiving, but because the holiday shopping sales start the day after. Whatever emotions are
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17 November, 2017

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me
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This recipe goes w-w-a-a-a-y-y-y back to my college days. One of the elective classes I took was theater – hard to believe, right? I was surprised at how much I loved this class because I was on a straight and narrow business track. Yet, I was being drawn into a love of the theater. My
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14 November, 2017

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes
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Thanksgiving dinner is only about a week away and I still have to get the menu together. What I’ve learned over the years is to try out new recipes before feeding it to dinner guests. Does that always work? Well, no, but I do warn guests that they are being “guinea pigs” if I serve
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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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3 November, 2017

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter
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I confess – I love watching cooking videos and shows. (What did you think I was going to confess to? No need to comment on that!) I could become addicted to these cooking adventures that are so readily available to watch day and night, so I restrict myself to just one or two (okay maybe
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31 October, 2017

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf
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Meatloaf on Halloween? Absolutely! And with a magic surprise inside! One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. These three ladies dressed up as goofy witches makes me laugh hysterically each time I watch it. Yes, it’s a “must-watch” in our house this time of year, just like
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27 October, 2017

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul
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The news program we watch in the morning for the weather and sports led off with a human interest story about comfort food. This time of year (Fall) it’s soup, stew, and chowder season ( depending on where in the country or world you live). And what is one of the most popular comfort foods?
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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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20 October, 2017

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin
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A few years ago, our friends from New York and my hubby and me were wine tasting in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley that has a rich history of producing fabulous pinot noir. We were having a good time tasting at a few wineries, and then we met Michael. He was the tasting room manager at the last
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