7 November, 2016

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday For a Hamburger Today

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday For a Hamburger Today
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Anyone remember that saying? Hamburgers are Popeye’s cartoon friend Wimpy’s all-time favorite food. His best-known catchphrase started in 1931 as, “Cook me up a hamburger. I’ll pay you Thursday.” In 1932, this then became the famous, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” You don’t have to pay anyone for this hamburger recipe!  Let me just
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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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4 November, 2016

Soup-er Mix Vegetable Bouillion

Soup-er Mix Vegetable Bouillion
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To add to my week of Soup-er meals, I thought I would change it up a bit and post a bouillon recipe. I’ve enjoyed having my own chicken and turkey stock on hand to make soups, gravies, or add to stews, etc. However, I’ve never made my own vegetable bouillon, so I’m game to give it a try.
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3 November, 2016

Noodled Chicken Soup-er

Noodled Chicken Soup-er
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I’m not a sports fan AT ALL, but the last World Series Game hooked me last night. Today, I thought that the Cleveland Indians might need a big dose of chicken soup to comfort them with their loss.   There is a traditional method of making chicken soup that most of you might know. My version
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2 November, 2016

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup-er

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup-er
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Butternut squash is so versatile and easy to adapt to recipes, substitute for sweet potatoes or even pumpkin. And it is a hardy squash that lasts a long time in the pantry. They are fairly easy to grow, however, do require a lot of space. Funny story – a few years ago in spring we
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1 November, 2016

New England Clam Chowder Soup-er

New England Clam Chowder Soup-er
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Next up on our week of Soup-er dinners, I’m resurrecting a favorite in our household, New England Clam Chowder. This recipe was originally shared by a good friend and neighbor Mike. He is the man you want to know for any great soup recipe! My love of New England clam chowder goes back a few
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31 October, 2016

Have a Soup-er Week

Have a Soup-er Week
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It’s soup-er time and the living is easy…. Cool days call for a large bowl of soup with a salad, and a hunk of bread to round out the meal. Oh yeah! Since we are having cool and rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest, I thought it would be fun to cook up a different soup
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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27 October, 2016

The Harvest & Winemaking

The Harvest & Winemaking
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The Harvest or Crush (referring to picking and crushing the wine grapes), whether in Italy, California, or the Willamette Valley here in Oregon is one of my favorite seasons. This Wine Spectator article spells out some of the basics of the crush season.  We have been visiting Italy in the fall for the last couple of
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26 October, 2016

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast
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I love a bargain! When our local grocery store had pork shoulder/butt roast on sale I had to buy one, well, the price was so good, I bought two. One went immediately into the freezer and I used the other to make up a few meals. Here is the results: four different meals from a 3
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24 October, 2016

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is
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Maybe it’s just me, but would you agree that garbanzos aka chickpeas are an under-appreciated bean? And they are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.  Wikipedia has quite an extensive background of the chickpea. Yes, they are the main ingredient in hummus and are used in Middle Eastern
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24 October, 2016

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage
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When I travel I always take a cooking class or two, or three. It’s so much fun to learn from people in other areas of the world. Last year when I was in Southern Italy (Manduria) I had a unique experience while visiting the home of local residents with Antimo, an experiential guide and travel
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