28 September, 2018

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lunch at our house often turns out to be a repurposing of last night’s dinner. Hubby is not a fan of leftovers so I have to be creative to make the meal appealing a second time around.  Let’s start with the pasta element of this salad. You do save cooked pasta don’t you? Or is
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25 September, 2018

Chocolate Espresso Energy Bars

Chocolate Espresso Energy Bars
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  Chocolate and espresso are two of my favorite ingredients to pair in recipes. So I figured these bars just had to be good, right? Not only do they give you energy, they are actually on the healthier side of the energy bar scale, and taste great. So I had to try them of course! 
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21 September, 2018

French Toast – Does It Have Italian Roots?

French Toast – Does It Have Italian Roots?
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  You don’t have to be French to enjoy French Toast. How did this breakfast treat get its name anyway? Well there’s quite a controversy going on the web concerning this. Here are two different answers according to Answers.Com. “It wasn’t actually made in France. Some think it was discovered in a Italian-Latin recipe book
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18 September, 2018

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You
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Sunday is sauce day in a typical Italian family’s house. My grandmother followed that tradition for many years. It was expected that we had Sunday dinner with pasta and freshly made sauce. You didn’t want to mess with Italian tradition or my grandmother.  The family sauce recipe is closely guarded amongst Italians. Most will not
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14 September, 2018

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup
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Are you familiar with the song that Dana Carvey sang called “The Lady I Know?” For some reason that song was rolling around in my head as I was creating this recipe. It’s really a spoof of a song and mainly just repeats the lyrics “Chop’in broccoli.” Most people think of the song as the
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11 September, 2018

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans
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Scarlett runner beans are not a universally well-known bean. Since my hubby started growing them a few years ago I’ve been working on converting recipes for this versatile bean.  He was first introduced to these beans by a neighbor who had grown them in his garden for years. A nod to Vern for sharing.  Hubby
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7 September, 2018

The Italian Roast Beef Encounter

The Italian Roast Beef Encounter
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Do I call this The Italian Roast Beef Encounter because it’s smothered in wine and tomatoes? Is it because there are about nine cloves of garlic included? Or could it be that there is an abundance of Italian herbs sprinkled throughout? Maybe because I like to add in cooked fava beans when I have them fresh
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4 September, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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September signals the beginning of Fall, school resuming after summer, and harvests emptying gardens of summer vegetables. Change is in the air and can effect many areas of our lives. Are you ready for the transition?  The five favorites for September include a fun video from Dr. Oz and Pasquale Sciarappa on the healthy aspects
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