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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22 November, 2017

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes
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Watching a PBS special the other night with James Taylor and Carole King brought back  memories of great music by two iconic artists. The music that each created during their careers spoke to what was going on in people’s lives (as well as their own) at that time. It was comforting to listen to these familiar
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20 November, 2017

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!

Cookies And Pops – With Pumpkin – Oh My!
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Thanksgiving week in the US brings up diverse emotions. There are those who are panicked because there are expectations around this holiday with food, family, and friends. There are those who are salivating not especially because of the food served on Thanksgiving, but because the holiday shopping sales start the day after. Whatever emotions are
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17 November, 2017

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me
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This recipe goes w-w-a-a-a-y-y-y back to my college days. One of the elective classes I took was theater – hard to believe, right? I was surprised at how much I loved this class because I was on a straight and narrow business track. Yet, I was being drawn into a love of the theater. My
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14 November, 2017

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes

Let The Auditions Begin – Savory Sweet Potatoes
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Thanksgiving dinner is only about a week away and I still have to get the menu together. What I’ve learned over the years is to try out new recipes before feeding it to dinner guests. Does that always work? Well, no, but I do warn guests that they are being “guinea pigs” if I serve
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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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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. Pearà (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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