26 December, 2016

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone
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  Christmas is over, now what? … do you do with all the leftovers? Let’s start with dessert… panettone to be exact. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover panettone is Italian style French toast. I just substitute slices of panettone for white bread.  Great served with leftover orange salad. It’s definitely not
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24 December, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
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Happy holidays and thank you for following the musings of my food blog. It’s been a lifesaver for me to have this project and a joy to share it with friends. Here is my Christmas message for you: This special time of year brings joy and/or sadness to people with memories of years past and
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23 December, 2016

On the Second Day Before Christmas

On the Second Day Before Christmas
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With all the other dishes served at a holiday meal, salad is a bit neglected. Rarely does it have a prominent place at a festive table. “I can’t wait to get to Joan’s house, she’s serving salad with dinner,” said NO ONE EVER! At the Italian family table (as well as the French), salad is typically
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22 December, 2016

On the Third Day Before Christmas

On the Third Day Before Christmas
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Part of the fun of the holidays for me is figuring out what food to make. It’s like a puzzle. Does this meat pair nicely with that side dish… and will this guest like it or not? When all the pieces of the puzzle fit together it’s fabulous! I’m not afraid to take chances with a
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21 December, 2016

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas

On The Fourth Day Before Christmas
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Forget the partridge in a pear tree, maids a milking, and golden rings (although a gold or silver ring under the tree would be okay). Let’s talk dinner! On the tenth day before Christmas my true love said to me, What appetizers will we be having on Christmas? My answer: an antipasti plate with Italian
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19 December, 2016

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition
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Christmas is this week! It occurs every year about this time, yet I still seem to be surprised when the week before Christmas actually arrives. (No one ever accused me of being too bright.) In my mind I think I am organized, cookies baked, presents made, or bought. Decorations up (few though they may be this year).
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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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17 December, 2016

Chicken Stock For The Soul

Chicken Stock For The Soul
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So many recipes I make use chicken stock or broth somewhere in the mix of ingredients. People shy away from making it from scratch because they think it is too difficult, when it’s really just the opposite – very easy.  After we have eaten a whole chicken (usually from Costco – their rotisserie chickens have a
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16 December, 2016

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”
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Minestrone is one of the soup staples of Italian families. The word originated from Minestra which means to dish up or serve. It is considered a “big soup” and is actually a large vegetable soup that reflects both seasonal and regional variations. There is no set recipe for minestrone. Due to its unique origins and
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15 December, 2016

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…
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Homes at this time of year are decorated with balls on Christmas trees, staircases, and doorsteps. How about making a few edible balls? Let’s start with energy balls to help get through the hustle and bustle of the holidays. These healthy snacks are a great boost during busy days, everyone in the family can enjoy them, and most are
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14 December, 2016

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!
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  Comfort food. Ah yes. We have our favorites from childhood and adulthood. And the time of year dictates what comfort food you might crave.  A crisp fall day may bring back a love for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Or on a cold wintery night only spaghetti and meatballs will satisfy you. Meatloaf is another
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