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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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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27 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum
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 This is the way to start the day! Antimo knew about this special coffee drink by the name of Cafe Leccese. It is made with espresso, bitter almond syrup (it tasted like amaretto) and rind of a lemon. Oh yummy. He ordered it for me at the airport and that made my morning! We arrived
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16 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around
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Our hosts for lunch and a cooking class are Damiano and Moira. They live in Alpo, a little town in the area of Villafranca di Verona. They are a most gracious family and welcomed us into their home. Antimo knew Damiano from his Italian army days. PearĂ  (sort of a bread soup) is a specialty of this
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25 August, 2017

Fifty Shades Of Color In Summer Garden Vegetables

Fifty Shades Of Color In Summer Garden Vegetables
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The fruits of our labor are coming to fruition ( a play on words? I think so!). And the rich colors of ripe vegetables are so vibrant at this time of year. With summer winding down and cooler air drifting in, it’s time to finish the summer harvest. I’m giving out CGS (Christina’s Garden Share) baskets
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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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19 August, 2017

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad

Lazy Summer Days – Broccoli Salad
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As much as I love cooking and creating meals if I had to, I could live on salads in the summer and soups/stews in the winter. So it’s summer, and you guessed it, I made another salad. And for those traditionalists, salad doesn’t have to include “lettuce.”  Last year we grew broccoli in our garden
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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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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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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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4 August, 2017

Houdini Zucchini Disguised As Lasagna

Houdini Zucchini Disguised As Lasagna
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Houdini zucchini – you betcha! This recipe is so tasty, it will make your zucchini disappear. If you are not a fan of zucchini, read about its health benefits here.  For people trying to cook gluten free, or scale back on carbs, or just want to try a new way to use up your zucchini
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