12 January, 2018

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup
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According to Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader:  “Onions are edible bulbs with stalks that grow a couple of feet above ground. Members of the onion family include leeks, scallions, garlic, shallots and chives. Onions were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and believed that their round shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Roman gladiators were rubbed down
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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1 December, 2017

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup
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  Tomato soup – mmm, mmm good, as the Campbell Soup commercial boasts. And truly if you like tomatoes at all, tomato soup on a cool afternoon or evening is like a comfort food (especially to those of us who grew up back in the 50’s and 60’s). It was the soup I requested most
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27 October, 2017

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul
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The news program we watch in the morning for the weather and sports led off with a human interest story about comfort food. This time of year (Fall) it’s soup, stew, and chowder season ( depending on where in the country or world you live). And what is one of the most popular comfort foods?
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10 October, 2017

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz
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I’m getting on my Soup Box today to talk about this scrumptious vegetable soup. It’s uber healthy for starters. It’s an easy way to use up the garden vegetable surplus (has reality hit yet that you planted one too many zucchini plants this year?). It can be adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan and
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1 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour
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Woke up this morning literally with a very cold shower. Apparently last night there was a gas leak in the apartment building and the gas was turned off at some point. Even though Antimo got up and turned it back on, I wasn’t able to get any warm water. Oh well, I moved a little
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9 February, 2017

Pistou To You!

Pistou To You!
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“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George captured my attention this week and filled my time reading a wonderfully delightful story of Monsieur Perdu a “literary apothecary” who prescribes novels for the hardships of life from his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine. He has a talent for choosing the exact book a reader needs
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14 January, 2017

What The Chili Is Going On Here?

What The Chili Is Going On Here?
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So this is how my day started out: “Honey, will you bring me a beer?” Please note that when I said this it was not even 7:00 AM. Yes, I said AM.  So my puzzled hubby dutifully goes into the garage where our food surplus cupboard is and grabbed me a beer off the shelf.
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10 January, 2017

Not Green Eggs & Ham …. It’s White Beans & Ham…. Soup

Not Green Eggs & Ham …. It’s White Beans & Ham…. Soup
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You might know about the famous Dr. Seuss books if you’ve been around children under the age of 10 or grew up when his books started becoming popular. I avoided making ham and eggs for years while the kids were growing up all because of Dr. Seuss. After reading the book Green Eggs and Ham to
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4 January, 2017

Pease Porridge Hot – Soup

Pease Porridge Hot – Soup
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People of a certain age may remember this childhood rhyme. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, or pease pudding, also known as pease pottage in “Middle English.”  (“Pease” was treated as a mass noun, similar to “oatmeal.”) Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old; Some
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1 January, 2017

Lentil Soup For Luck In The New Year

Lentil Soup For Luck In The New Year
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  Lentils have been part of the human diets for thousands of years, being one of the first crops in the Near East. According to Wikipedia, archeological evidence shows they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago. My brain can’t even imagine how long ago that was, but that may  be from partying last night…. So many cultures
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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