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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10 October, 2017

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz
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I’m getting on my Soup Box today to talk about this scrumptious vegetable soup. It’s uber healthy for starters. It’s an easy way to use up the garden vegetable surplus (has reality hit yet that you planted one too many zucchini plants this year?). It can be adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan and
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3 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 3 – Museo Degli Innocenti & Teatro Del Sale

2017 – Florence Day 3 – Museo Degli Innocenti & Teatro Del Sale
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M.G. Designs was our first stop today. I wanted to pick out a few of Maria’s beautiful pottery pieces to add to my collection. We figured out I could pay her with PayPal (since we don’t have credit cards until we return home). Otherwise, I would have had to go home empty-handed. (This is just
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2 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town
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A lazy start to our morning – so unusual for us – it was great. An older man was mopping the entrance floors and the stairs when we were going out – navigating wet stairs before coffee was fun. But wait! We left our room around 10:30 and returned at 10:45 because I forgot the
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29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
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To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
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27 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum
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 This is the way to start the day! Antimo knew about this special coffee drink by the name of Cafe Leccese. It is made with espresso, bitter almond syrup (it tasted like amaretto) and rind of a lemon. Oh yummy. He ordered it for me at the airport and that made my morning! We arrived
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24 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family
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All weather reports predicted a rain storm today, but we all took our positive attitudes to the beach so we could enjoy one more day.  Antimo conducted an impromptu exercise class with breathing, stretching, a little yoga, a few movements with weights and resistance bands, and voila! It wasn’t as if we didn’t need it
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23 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night
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  We’re off to Ostuni today. I remember a few years ago when we were taking the train from Bari to Brindisi – Antimo told us once we saw the “white” city of Ostuni to get our luggage together because the next stop would be ours. It was a good thing he warned us because
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6 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class
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Tip: when in Tuscany if you ask for ham and cheese with your eggs (not that you get this choice very often) remember where you are! We were served eggs on one dish, and then prosciutto and pecorino on a separate dish. I’m not complaining, just didn’t expect it served that way. Ricardo is loving
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1 September, 2017

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!
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I had to face the fact that the basil needed to be pulled out of the garden. The plants were going to seed and some leaves were showing signs of sunburn. Practically in tears (sad to see them go until next spring), I cut off the leaf stems and brought them in the house to make
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19 August, 2017

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad
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As much as I love cooking and creating meals if I had to, I could live on salads in the summer and soups/stews in the winter. So it’s summer, and you guessed it, I made another salad. And for those traditionalists, salad doesn’t have to include “lettuce.”  Last year we grew broccoli in our garden
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16 August, 2017

Chip, Chip, Chip….. Zucchini Chips

Chip, Chip, Chip….. Zucchini Chips
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This is the last of the zucchini recipes for this summer!  I can hear cheering across the internet. Champagne corks are popping in celebration. Oh, I have a great Champagne Rice recipe I’ll share in a few months that is great for using leftover champagne. What? You never have leftover champagne? hmmmm. Before we get
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