15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
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The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media
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21 November, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake
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Picture this, a woman dressed up in a 50’s style shirtwaist dress, crisply ironed apron tied neatly around her waist, nylons, and heels complete the outfit, maybe pearls around her neck. The aroma of cinnamon and apple pie drifting through the kitchen while an electric coffee pot pumps out a dark brown liquid in the background. The
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7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
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Figs may not be a favorite fruit for most people, but to an Italian whose family generated from Southern Italy, it’s like “Fruit of the Gods” for me. Stuffed figs are a popular Pugliese treat. Traditionally, Italians will dry the figs in the sun at the end of summer or early Fall, stuff them, cook
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23 October, 2017

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers
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A neighbor called this morning and needed an appetizer for an event she was attending tonight. She explained it was a spur of the moment thing and would I have time to whip something up for her? Well, on my calendar today I had a booty barre class at the gym, groceries to pick up,
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16 August, 2017

Chip, Chip, Chip….. Zucchini Chips

Chip, Chip, Chip….. Zucchini Chips
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This is the last of the zucchini recipes for this summer!  I can hear cheering across the internet. Champagne corks are popping in celebration. Oh, I have a great Champagne Rice recipe I’ll share in a few months that is great for using leftover champagne. What? You never have leftover champagne? hmmmm. Before we get
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9 August, 2017

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #2

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #2
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Before we get into Zucchini Bread Recipe #2, I’ve got to talk about the portion size of each slice. Two of the recipes I baked (and others I found on the internet) lists 12 slices to an average sized loaf, and then bases its nutritional statistics on one slice as a portion. Really? If you’ve
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7 August, 2017

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #1

Zucchini Bread Taste Off – #1
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Here is the week you’ve been waiting for (or not) revealing the Zucchini Bread Taste Off with three very different bread recipes. This first one, a healthy version, is from Betty Crocker. It uses applesauce in place of a lot of oil and makes a really moist bread. If you don’t have applesauce on hand,
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31 July, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Applesauce

Apple Of My Eye – Applesauce
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Garden is in full production with two-thirds of the summer gone, all except the two apple trees which will produce fruit in fall. However, in an effort to try to use up some of our garden zucchini, I needed to make applesauce. Go with me on this one, it will make sense later, and if
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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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22 May, 2017

It’s Not Coleslaw, It’s “BroCauli” Slaw

It’s Not Coleslaw, It’s “BroCauli” Slaw
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Germany, Sweden, Italy, Russia, the US, and several other countries have their own traditional ingredients, seasonings, and dressing/sauce for coleslaw. According to The Joy of Cooking (1997), raw cabbage is the only entirely consistent ingredient. Unfortunately for my hubby, I don’t like traditional coleslaw so I rarely make it from scratch. The problem is that I
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10 April, 2017

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies
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Limoncello and ricotta are two things I make quite often. On the rare occasion when I make both on the same day, well, I just have to make something like these limoncello ricotta cookies.  Cookies are my kryptonite. You can have your pies and cakes, I’m a cookie lover. It’s all I can do to
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24 March, 2017

Dirt Candy – Really?

Dirt Candy – Really?
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Dirt candy? The title of this recipe really confused me. I had to find out more about it. I found a restaurant by that name DirtCandy. It only serves vegetables. Interesting menu with items like: Korean fried broccoli – described as “crack in broccoli form.” Well, maybe they think so, I’m not so sure. Now I’ve
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