16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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13 October, 2016

Leftovers Tonight? Try This!

Leftovers Tonight? Try This!
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So you have a butternut squash sitting on the counter staring you down, and leftovers in the fridge. Here is a way to use both and create a tasty meal. The leftover ingredients change frequently in my house depending on what I have available. I’ve made this recipe with leftover turkey, chicken, or sausage. And if you happen
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12 October, 2016

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup
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There is a crispness to the air as we watch the landscape transition from the lush vegetation of summer to the beauty of fall. As we adjust to the changes in nature, we also adjust some of our food choices. So out come the soup, stew, and chili recipes. A steaming pot of soup is something to look
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11 October, 2016

Rustic Italian Bread

Rustic Italian Bread
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There’s nothing better than a hunk of really good bread with a meal. One of my favorite memories of my Italian grandfather was watching him sop up juices from meat, or remnants of pasta sauce with bread. He truly savored those last bites of the meal. When my Italian grandmother (and her 13 brothers and sisters)
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10 October, 2016

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna
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Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class in Italy? When we travel to Italy we make sure there are several cooking classes included in our itinerary. We visited Bologna, Italy last year and had a great day learning how to make tortellini, tortelloni (bigger tortellini), and tagliatelle. We started at Emanuele and Elania’s
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6 October, 2016

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle

Nonna’s Pasta Sauce – Updated For Today’s Busy Lifestyle
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My friends in the Italian American communities all have a recipe or two from their nonna, aunt, or close relative that were passed down through generations and became family traditions.  Today’s post is about a close friend Cheri’s nonna. Her name is Giulia Papini. She was born in a small town of San Leo in 1891.
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4 October, 2016

Scarlet Runner Beans – Best Kept Secret Ever!

Scarlet Runner Beans – Best Kept Secret Ever!
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Our summer garden has grown over time, adding raised garden beds each season for several years. We have a very small yard so making room for a large garden has been a challenge. This year we came up with a brilliant idea to expand our growing space. Well, at least we think so. Our house
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29 September, 2016

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola
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Shall we take a poll to find out if one of the favorite foods of adults and children is pizza? I really don’t think we need to as most might agree it’s a universally well-liked food. While there are many great recipes for the traditional style pizza, I found this one to be unique, easy,
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