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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28 November, 2017

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs
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Does the Julie Andrews song “My Favorite Things” ever go running through your head? No? Well, maybe it’s just me. Some of the lyrics to that song make no sense to me: “Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Doorbells and sleigh bells And schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
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31 October, 2017

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf
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Meatloaf on Halloween? Absolutely! And with a magic surprise inside! One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. These three ladies dressed up as goofy witches makes me laugh hysterically each time I watch it. Yes, it’s a “must-watch” in our house this time of year, just like
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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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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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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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2 June, 2017

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili
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What chili ingredients are most important to you? The meat or the beans? And if it’s meat only, which type of meat? Ground beef, ground turkey or some chunk cut of beef that simmers well and adds enormous flavor? If you are vegetarian or prefer the bean only chili, that opens up an entirely different
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26 May, 2017

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven
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  Whenever meat, chicken or fish goes on sale at the grocery store, I stock up. I hate to say “for a rainy day” as we’ve had a lot of those in the Pacific Northwest this year. Good thing though, I was stocked up and ready! One thing I do after purchasing a large quantity of
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24 April, 2017

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon
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  I think I’ve been watching too many French themed movies while recovering from back surgery. These movies have all featured romantic city scapes, beautiful countryside scenes, and luscious food and wine. If you’re in the mood for an entertaining romantic movie, here are a a few I’ve indulged in lately: French Kiss, An American in
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31 January, 2017

Shepherd’s Pie Without The Herd of Sheep

Shepherd’s Pie Without The Herd of Sheep
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Shepherd’s pie is not in the rotation of often fixed recipes at our house. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made it while we’ve lived in Oregon and that’s been 11 years. It’s not that I don’t like it, or that it is too ubiquitous, I just never think to make it. NOTE: I stole the word
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21 December, 2016

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas
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Forget the partridge in a pear tree, maids a milking, and golden rings (although a gold or silver ring under the tree would be okay). Let’s talk dinner! On the tenth day before Christmas my true love said to me, What appetizers will we be having on Christmas? My answer: an antipasti plate with Italian
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6 November, 2016

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!
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  Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread – there may be. Ray Stannard Baker (BrainyQuote)      I was checking my Facebook posts this morning and was reminded by Frank at Everybody Loves Italian how wonderful it is to have Sunday’s dinner cooking all day
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