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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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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5 April, 2017

Penne For Your Thoughts

Penne For Your Thoughts
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Two weeks post complicated back surgery (recovery going well), you probably don’t want to know my thoughts. The anesthesia “fog” brain has left my vocabulary somewhat lacking. Each day my hubby asks if we are doing “nouns” today or if I was adding “adjectives” back into my sentences. Luckily I had created and scheduled blogs
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30 January, 2017

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Pasta & Meatball Basket
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You have to be pretty old to remember the children’s nursery rhyme A-Tisket, A-Tasket, or hang around old people who do. The song/nursery rhyme was first known in the US in 1879. This upbeat tune was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1938.   A few fun facts from Wikipedia: “The music for the song was used
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29 December, 2016

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…..Lasagna Rolls

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…..Lasagna Rolls
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Yesterday when my pasta making efforts went astray (see dog bone pasta) I was a bit flummoxed. At this point in my life, I thought I was a fairly good maker of pasta, but as we all know, everyone has cooking mishaps from time to time. When I decide to make fresh pasta, it’s always a
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