13 December, 2016

Holiday Cocktails Even “Mad Men” Would Love

Holiday Cocktails Even “Mad Men” Would Love
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My hubby and I were out to dinner with friends about 40+ years ago (I was 12 when we married – JK) and we had a very entertaining waitress. I don’t think she meant to be entertaining, it just turned out that way. The waitress greeted us and asked if we would like something to drink.
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12 December, 2016

Gingerbread Men Made With Small Hands And Love

Gingerbread Men Made With Small Hands And Love
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There’s nothing better than making cookies around Christmas time. And children just add a magical spirit to the experience. Since all of our family lives in different states, we are fortunate to have “bonus” grandkids grace our doorstep occasionally. We have so much fun together! Today’s activities included making gifts for teachers, Christmas decorations, and gingerbread cookies
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11 December, 2016

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner
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Shopping, decorating, and baking…. this is a busy time of year for most, no matter what or how you celebrate. This dinner is a one-pot meal that you can fix in the morning and forget until dinner time. I have to warn you though, the aromas of the meat and vegetables cooking will permeate the house.
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9 December, 2016

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup
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Soup is always a good option for lunch or dinner. It cooks up quickly on the stove top or throw ingredients in a crockpot and “forgetaboutit.” I guess it’s no surprise that I’m wearing out a few of my kitchen appliances with all the cooking I do. I’ll have to tap Santa for a few early
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8 December, 2016

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli

Leave The Gun, Take the Cannoli
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If you’re not a fan of the Godfather movies you may not recognize the phrase “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It is a classic! Clemenza’s wife wanted cannoli and asks him to bring some home. So no matter what his day at work looked like, even killing or beating up people, he’d better not
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7 December, 2016

Will The Real Balsamic Vinegar Please Stand Up

Will The Real Balsamic Vinegar Please Stand Up
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You have to be pretty old to remember the TV game shows like “What’s My Line,” “To Tell The Truth,” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”  The general format for these shows was that a panel of celebrities would try to guess which one of the guest panelists was telling the truth about their occupation, some
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6 December, 2016

Flour Tortillas – Ole!

Flour Tortillas – Ole!
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My culinary expertise is clearly in Italian and American foods, but occasionally I venture out of my comfort zone and try something new. We had leftover rotisserie chicken (meal 3 or 4 from a Costco whole chicken) and thought a nice simple chicken burrito would be good for dinner.   I’ve been wanting to make
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5 December, 2016

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish
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Holiday parties are filling our calendars at this time of year and potlucks are a common menu for many. You may have had this dictate the food to share: if  your last name begins with A-J bring a main dish, K-R bring a vegetable, S-Z bring a dessert. While I’m fine with bringing any assigned food dishes,
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4 December, 2016

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!
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Gnocchi is one of those Italian dishes that some people have a hesitation to try. Or they have tried it and decided they just don’t like it. While most restaurants do a decent job of preparing gnocchi, there are tastier versions you can make that may change your mind about this delightful pillowy pasta. The most common
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3 December, 2016

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time

Pizzelles For Sharing At Holiday Time
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  Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie from the mid-section of Italy.  They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the Italian region of Abruzzo.  The legend is that after the snakes were chased out of the Ortona village, everyone celebrated with
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2 December, 2016

Puff The Magic…. Apple Pancake

Puff The Magic…. Apple Pancake
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It’s the weekend or holiday, and you want to make something special for breakfast. This tasty treat may be it! And it feeds four people easily. The next question is to peel or not to peel the apple? I like apple peel so it doesn’t matter to me if the peel is included. I didn’t find
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1 December, 2016

Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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After October 31st it seems like the holidays and celebrations fill the calendar. It’s a fast ride from here to the New Year.  The holidays bring out family and cultural traditions. During holiday dinners Italians and Italian Americans usually serve a pasta dish before serving the main course. People were preparing food for days. When I was growing
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