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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12 July, 2017

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette
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“Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” With zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and onions? This sweet and savory recipe is perfect to use up the bountiful harvest of these garden vegetables.  In the summer it seems like we are invited to a lot of backyard barbecues, patio parties, and picnics. For most of
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9 June, 2017

Sicilian Caponata – Cooking Class in Taormina, Sicily

Sicilian Caponata – Cooking Class in Taormina, Sicily
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When we were in Sicily a few years ago, I fell in love with the countryside, the mosaics, the temples, the salt, the olive oil, the food, and the wine. Half of my Italian family originated from Sicily so I am particularly fascinated with this little island and its inhabitants. If you are not Italian
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17 April, 2017

Is It Bacon Or Is It Eggplant?

Is It Bacon Or Is It Eggplant?
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Okay, let’s just say up front that nothing can come close to being a great substitution for bacon – whether it is pork bacon or Kevin Bacon. Although turkey bacon is an adequate replacement once in a while, I’m sure I would get an argument on that from die-hard bacon lovers. I’m not even going
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15 March, 2017

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana
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Remembering food experiences with loved ones warms the soul (hopefully, that’s not just an Italian thing). Today I was reminiscing about my Italian grandpa from Bari. He came to the US through Ellis Island when he was a teenager. He was a short little guy, solid and strong from physical labor (at one time he
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21 January, 2017

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto
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It seems like a lot of foods I’ve been cooking lately turn out “brown”. They don’t make eye-appealing or tempting pictures for a blog even though they are flavorful. Sometimes I wish that blogs could emit the aromas that fill the house when cooking these recipes. You know, kind of like the scratch and sniff
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20 January, 2017

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant
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Yes, eggplant is a fruit. It’s considered a cousin to the apple. In fact, in Italian, melanzana was interpreted as mela insana ‘crazy apple’, and that translates into English as mad apple. In 13th century Italian traditional folklore, the eggplant was believed to cause insanity. And yet it is a food that is used a lot in Italian cuisine. No comments
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