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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16 June, 2017

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.
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  Want a quick breakfast that goes beyond the everyday choices? We know that eating breakfast is a healthy thing to do. You may not be a morning person or enjoy eating first thing in the day. This recipe may appeal to you as it isn’t the typical cereal, egg, yogurt, or oatmeal type meal. 
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19 May, 2017

I Now Pronounce You – Ricotta Pan”Cake”

I Now Pronounce You – Ricotta Pan”Cake”
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Dedicated followers to this blog know by now that I make ricotta cheese quite often, sometimes once a week. Fresh ricotta doesn’t have as long of a shelf life as the store bought brands so I’m always looking for new ways to use up the last bits of the ricotta before it loses its freshness. In
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25 February, 2017

Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You
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Did you grow up with iceberg lettuce as the main ingredient in salads and side dishes? Don’t get me wrong, iceberg is the go-to leaf when making a lettuce wrap, but to quote Rachael Ray (RR), “when it comes to nutrition, romaine leaves iceberg out in the cold.” A few fun facts: Vitamin K (may help regulate
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26 December, 2016

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone
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  Christmas is over, now what? … do you do with all the leftovers? Let’s start with dessert… panettone to be exact. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover panettone is Italian style French toast. I just substitute slices of panettone for white bread.  Great served with leftover orange salad. It’s definitely not
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4 December, 2016

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!
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Gnocchi is one of those Italian dishes that some people have a hesitation to try. Or they have tried it and decided they just don’t like it. While most restaurants do a decent job of preparing gnocchi, there are tastier versions you can make that may change your mind about this delightful pillowy pasta. The most common
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13 November, 2016

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!
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It was time to make fresh ricotta and I hadn’t really planned how I was going to use it. My husband told me to “stuff it”, and I assumed he meant stuffed pasta. He could have meant something else entirely, but thought I’d go with stuffed pasta for the sake of our marriage.  What some of you
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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20 October, 2016

Stuffed Pasta

Stuffed Pasta
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I had some fresh ricotta leftover after making the Zeppole the other day, and it was National Pasta Day on the 17th of October (thought I’d mention it just in case you missed it), so decided to use the ricotta to stuff into rigatoni type pasta for dinner. Here’s a quick dinner recipe for you!  

2 October, 2016

Did Someone Say Let’s Make Ricotta Cheese? I’m In!

Did Someone Say Let’s Make Ricotta Cheese? I’m In!
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Everyone has their cheese favorites. While I have a long list of favorite cheeses, I use ricotta in a lot of my recipes and wanted to learn how to make it. I actually took a class at Portland Homestead Supply Co which was a blast! Since then hardly a week goes by without making a
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