18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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20 April, 2018

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash

Love Hungarian Style… Converted To Italian Style Goulash
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Do you have a favorite “go-to” meal that you just have to have when you are not feeling well? Soups have such a calming and nurturing effect. Chicken soup is a popular favorite for many people. How about good old Campbell’s tomato soup? That is also on the list of top soups for the sick. 
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27 March, 2018

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – You’ll Find Artisan Pasta
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When you think of a rainbow, I’m sure you don’t automatically think of rainbow-colored artisan pasta… or do you? If nothing else, this blog might encourage you to break out into the “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” song (either the Judy Garland version or the Isreal “IZ” Kamakawiso’ole version.) I’m privileged to share this fabulous post
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5 January, 2018

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes

Cooking The Books – Fettuccine With Sage Butter, Bacon, And Artichokes
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Cooking The Books is a clever title for a book club that focuses on cookbooks. Our local library hosts this bookclub every month and it’s not only well attended by people who love cookbooks but also for the delectable dishes that the members make and share from that month’s featured cookbook. In the spring the
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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30 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica
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The last day of our Roman adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Pyramid of Cestius. We took the metro to meet Luigi, an architect who lives in Rome near Piramide. He was coming with us to Ostia Antica. He told us about this pyramid which looked new against the backdrop of the ancient city.
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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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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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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 June, 2017

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad

If You Like Tuna, Like I Like Tuna – Try This Tuna Pasta Salad
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  What can I say about salads? Just that I love them and can eat them almost every day for lunch and/or dinner, especially in the summer. Each day is a new adventure – what ingredients to put in my salad today? And frequently, leftovers dictate what the day’s lunch will be.  I know you
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26 April, 2017

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event
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One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the close proximity to a large number of the 700+ wineries in the state. If you are a member of any one of these local wineries you have certain privileges (depending on the winery) that usually include free wine tastings, pick-up parties,
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