16 February, 2018

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice
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Cooking in season is a goal of mine. Winter vegetables are so hearty and nutritious. I enjoy adding them to my recipes in the winter time specifically, and year around when I can find them grown locally (if I’m not growing them in my garden). Today’s recipe features butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, and
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9 February, 2018

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup
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Busy day? Want something warm and tasty to serve for dinner? This recipe might be just what you’re looking for and is relatively fuss-free.  Every once in a while we get a craving for Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was abundant, Mexican restaurants were popular, and ingredients were easy to find
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6 February, 2018

Porkbuster Chops

Porkbuster Chops
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These days my freeway commute is not to the office to work, but to the gym to workout. I still carpool when I can which makes the drive, however long or short, more interesting. We may discuss politics, marriage, travel, books, hobbies, and conversations always seem to include food. Shocker, right?  On more than one
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30 January, 2018

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone
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I can remember when Italian restaurants would serve garlic bread when you sat down at the table much like Mexican restaurants that bring chips and salsa to the table. Well, that isn’t the “norm” these days. In fact, if you want garlic bread at some restaurants today, you have to pay extra! Maybe the more recent
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19 January, 2018

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings
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National Potato Day is August 19th by some sources like The Punchbowl and October 27th by others like Foodimentary. Foodimentary’s website is dedicated to National Food Holidays and is a fun read. It starts with January 1 being National Bloody Mary Day, well at least that’s where I started. A few Bloody Mary’s later… oops,
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16 January, 2018

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes
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Potatoes are a good food source that have saved people from starvation in hard times and yet have taken a bad rap when the world became carb conscious. Some interesting facts from the International Potato Center:  “There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. Potato is the third
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12 January, 2018

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup
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According to Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader:  “Onions are edible bulbs with stalks that grow a couple of feet above ground. Members of the onion family include leeks, scallions, garlic, shallots and chives. Onions were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and believed that their round shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Roman gladiators were rubbed down
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5 January, 2018

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes
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Cooking The Books is a clever title for a book club that focuses on cookbooks. Our local library hosts this bookclub every month and it’s not only well attended by people who love cookbooks but also for the delectable dishes that the members make and share from that month’s featured cookbook. In the spring the
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12 December, 2017

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo
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It’s the holiday season! Celebrations abound. In our household this time of year my husband breaks out his Bloody Mary recipe and starts making batches for everyone to enjoy. That being said, there are times when there is just a cup or so leftover after a day’s festivities. (I know, hard to believe, but occasionally
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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1 December, 2017

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup
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  Tomato soup – mmm, mmm good, as the Campbell Soup commercial boasts. And truly if you like tomatoes at all, tomato soup on a cool afternoon or evening is like a comfort food (especially to those of us who grew up back in the 50’s and 60’s). It was the soup I requested most
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