15 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda
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A day trip to Lago di Garda to visit the towns of Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda. The lake area is only about a half hour from our apartment. Lake Garda is a very unusual shaped lake and is the largest in Italy. We had time today to visit a few of the towns around the lake.  The first
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7 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery
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Podere San Lorenzo is a lovely place to spend a week. A few more pictures of the property. Our apartment is the small building in front to the left. The larger building in back was the original monastery. Chefs picking tomatoes for tonight’s dinner. While at Podere San Lorenzo we’ve met some very interesting people
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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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21 August, 2017

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers
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On this day of the total Eclipse of the Sun it was hard to choose which blog to post. Since we live in the “path of totality” I was trying to think of ways to equate this cooking experience with today’s event. Should we start with a song? “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie
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4 August, 2017

Houdini Zucchini Disguised As Lasagna

Houdini Zucchini Disguised As Lasagna
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Houdini zucchini – you betcha! This recipe is so tasty, it will make your zucchini disappear. If you are not a fan of zucchini, read about its health benefits here.  For people trying to cook gluten free, or scale back on carbs, or just want to try a new way to use up your zucchini
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19 July, 2017

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf
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Meatloaf has earned a reputation as a comfort food. And today we needed/wanted comfort food. You know those days….I’m sure you’ve had one at some point. People have their own favorites of what they consider comfort food and what they turn to at this time. Me? I turn to Italian food. Hubby wants “meat.” So
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7 July, 2017

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One
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Raise your hand if you knew what fava beans were before the movie “Silence of The Lambs.” The famous line from the movie:  Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Well, skip the liver, human or otherwise, and enjoy
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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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5 June, 2017

“E” Is For Eggplant

“E” Is For Eggplant
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Have you ever played word games like charades, or Scattergories? Recently a friend on Facebook challenged her friends to play Scattergories with a twist – using the first letter of their last name to fill in various categories. Since the first letter of my last name starts with an “E” every category in the Scattergories challenge had
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8 May, 2017

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta
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It’s Spring! Backyard gardeners are prepping their soil, checking seeds, or veggie starts. Anticipation of summer harvests looms in the air. Since moving to Oregon I have had the worst luck trying to grow zucchini. In fact I haven’t harvested one full grown zucchini in 10 years! In my Southern California garden, I couldn’t pick
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12 April, 2017

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner
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It amazes me how everything in life cycles. Kitchen cooking tools for example. It seems like I’ve spent my life collecting the perfect pots and pans, slow cookers, etc., and now, the trend is to cook one-pan meals. Whether it is on a baking sheet, or instant pot, dutch oven, or, or, or… recipes are
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