23 January, 2018

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar

Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar
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A little boost of energy in the morning is something most of us seek, especially during what can be dreary mornings in winter. This breakfast bar is so easy – you literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together, bake, and you are done! One of the ingredients in these bars is cream
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10 November, 2017

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig
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A very special friend was celebrating a milestone in her life. No, not a birthday milestone, one much more important in her life. Her husband decided on an impromptu get together with a few people to celebrate this milestone. What could I bring that would be quick and easy, yet festive? I thought the “circle
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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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17 October, 2017

Vegalicious Tromboncino Made Into Baba Ganoush

Vegalicious Tromboncino Made Into Baba Ganoush
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What is a tromboncino squash? It looks like something out of Cinderella’s garden, long and somewhat curly. Not a typical looking summer or zucchini squash. The vines wander all over the garden and surrounding area. One might think with a whisk of a magic wand, a carriage might appear to take Cinderella to the famous
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1 September, 2017

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!
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I had to face the fact that the basil needed to be pulled out of the garden. The plants were going to seed and some leaves were showing signs of sunburn. Practically in tears (sad to see them go until next spring), I cut off the leaf stems and brought them in the house to make
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30 August, 2017

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Honey Spiced Almonds
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These almonds won’t disappoint with a kick of spicy and sweet. As Summer fades (take the heat with you please!) and Fall approaches (it will get here, right?), I think of roasting nuts. (Hubby’s comments have been intentionally censored.) Nuts are such a great source of protein and a healthy snack. The challenge is to
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14 August, 2017

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots

Now Eat This – Zucchini Tots
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Move over tater tots, there’s a new tot in town. Now why this recipe appealed to me is a mystery because I don’t like tater tots. I remember cooking tray after tray of them for the kids when they were little. They loved them! I thought those days were over until we moved to Oregon
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11 August, 2017

Zucchini Bread Taste Off #3 – And The Winner Is…..

Zucchini Bread Taste Off #3 – And The Winner Is…..
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Today is the big reveal! Which zucchini bread will win the taste off? But first …. Zucchini Bread Recipe #3. This is my mother’s recipe. In a previous post I mentioned how my mother made up a lot of zucchini recipes back in the 60’s and this was one of her best. She used four different
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2 August, 2017

Cookie Jar Empty? Try Oat Nut Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Cookie Jar Empty? Try Oat Nut Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies
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Question, who still has a cookie jar and uses it? I have friends with cookie jar collections, but don’t know of any who use a cookie jar anymore – well at least that would admit it. Do people just not eat cookies these days? Or is a “sleeve” of Oreos just that, a cellophane tube
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28 July, 2017

Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries…. Drink A Cherry Smoothie

Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries…. Drink A Cherry Smoothie
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On my way to the gym this morning with the top down on the t-bird so I can dry my hair in the wind (cause that’s how you did it back in the day before personal hair dryers). Okay so I’ll admit, when I was about 16 I’d get in my step-dad’s Pontiac Bonneville, put
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21 July, 2017

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan
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The seasons is over for sugar snap peas, can I have an awwwwww? It’s always sad to see the dying plants at this time in summer when the leaves are yellowing and the beans look less than perfect. And then you spot a few flowering pods that seem impossible to mature – but they do!
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29 June, 2017

Ohhh Say Can You Seed? Top 5 Nutrient Seed Giants

Ohhh Say Can You Seed? Top 5 Nutrient Seed Giants
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  If you were a seed, which one would you be and why? Give yourself permission to ponder this for a moment. Me? Well, I would have to say a watermelon seed. I grew up back in the day before cell phones and computers, so a warm summer day pastime would be sitting in the
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