30 October, 2018

The Bean Identity – Fava Bean Puree

The Bean Identity – Fava Bean Puree
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  The food of Italy never disappoints this Italian, especially when visiting the southern regions where my family roots can be found. After a day of touring the Trulli in Alberobello we lunched at a farm nearby and were served many local delicacies. One dish that fascinated me was pureed fava beans (far left in the
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26 October, 2018

Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta

Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta
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The traditional Italian dish “pasta e fagioli” translates to “pasta and beans.” And that’s just what I’m cooking! Cannellini or white beans are the common beans used in this recipe.  This is a happy meal for me. We had just returned from Italy last year when I made this. You know how you feel when
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23 October, 2018

Roasted Butternut Squash With Ricotta Gnocchi

Roasted Butternut Squash With Ricotta Gnocchi
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Butternut squash is a fall/winter staple in our home. It pairs nicely with about any meat, chicken or fish dish. One year our vegetable garden went a little crazy and we had an overabundance of butternut squash (much like our summer of zucchini overload), so you will find many butternut squash recipes on this website.
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19 October, 2018

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes
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  A potato side-dish complements almost any meat, chicken, or fish meal. This simple version of cheesy scalloped potatoes are not only great for a “big dinner” but also make good leftovers (particularly with leftover ham!). First we need to clear up some controversy about scalloped potatoes.  From Cooksinfo.com:  “A few people speculate that for
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16 October, 2018

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread
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One of life’s pleasures (well at least I think so) is breathing in the luscious aromas of freshly baked bread. That’s why bakeries are so popular, people want to hang out to surround themselves with the wonderful fresh baked bread smell. Actually, I’m kind of turned off by a bakery if I step inside and
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12 October, 2018

Muffin Top? Not With Apple Oat Muffins

Muffin Top? Not With Apple Oat Muffins
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Sporadic rain showers are hitting the northwest and it just seemed like a good day to bake. I’m finishing up the last few recipes for the “Zhushing Zucchini” Cookbook and threw this batch of muffins into the oven amidst the flurry of kitchen activity. And you are safe, I did not add zucchini to these
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9 October, 2018

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question
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Believe it or not, this recipe started out to be tomato juice and ended up as ketchup. Do things like that ever happen in your kitchen? An example of another instance like this was a few years ago when I was making pasta that turned out to be dog biscuits. It’s a stretch I know
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5 October, 2018

Apple Of My Eye Pie

Apple Of My Eye Pie
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Fall in the Pacific Northwest brings out the “apple” in almost everyone’s eyes. According to Wikipedia, “The phrase apple of my eye refers to something or someone that one cherishes above all others.” Since apples are an abundant crop this time of year so are apple pies, applesauce, apple doughnuts, apple cider… the list goes
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2 October, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take Five this month brings laughable moments, somewhat sad news, and a few interesting tidbits in-between.  Florence, Italy Banning Street Food.  L’Atalo-Americano shared this news which made me sad. I love Florence and never miss a visit to the city when we are in Italy. Over the years we have formed special relationships with some
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