5 October, 2016

Sunday Roast – Cold Weather Comfort

Sunday Roast – Cold Weather Comfort
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Growing up in an Italian family, Sunday dinners were always special and shared with extended family whenever possible. At one time in my younger life my grandparents lived with us and would invite their friends, cousins, etc. and we’d have a houseful of people. My uncle Mike would get out his accordion and play music
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1 October, 2016

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..
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  Sandwiches are the “go to” or “to go” lunch meal. Growing up in an Italian American family my mother made everything from Italian favorites like eggplant focaccia sandwiches to the traditional American PB&J. I always preferred the Italian lunches. 🙂 To help distinguish the differences between a calzone, stromboli, and sandwich loaf, I’ve borrowed a
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30 September, 2016

Pancakes And Apples For Breakfast? Yes Please!

Pancakes And Apples For Breakfast? Yes Please!
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Fall is here with all the magnificence of the leaves changing color,  crisp morning air, scent of fresh mown lawns, and warm fireplaces for those chilly nights. In our area of Oregon (out-outskirts of Portland) there is a farm called Bauman Farm that has an annual harvest festival. Locals not only enjoy the festival this time of year,
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29 September, 2016

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola
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Shall we take a poll to find out if one of the favorite foods of adults and children is pizza? I really don’t think we need to as most might agree it’s a universally well-liked food. While there are many great recipes for the traditional style pizza, I found this one to be unique, easy,
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28 September, 2016

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello
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Italians love their liqueurs. Limoncello is one of my favorites. Several times a year I make a few batches for myself, friends and neighbors. Fall is a great time to make Limoncello to have on hand for the holidays and giving as gifts. My recipe is from Southern Italy, the Sorrento area. If you like to
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10 September, 2016

2016 – For Better or Worse

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Our adventure begins Friday evening with was an unexpected detour to our plans. My medical office called to tell me that my tumble on Labor Day created an acute L4 compression fracture and to get to urgent care for an evaluation and back brace. Well to be blunt – that sucked. And I’ll bet you
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8 September, 2016

2016 – The Adventure is About to Begin

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Most people prepare for an international trip doing the things we list below. However, besides all the usual stuff, we have spent the last few weeks with Dick picking his scarlett runner beans (morning, noon and night),   and me picking tomatoes. Both of us trying to get the most out of our garden and enjoy the
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26 July, 2016

Italy 2016

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This year’s travel plans for Italy are getting a few tweaks before we head out for our 2016 adventures. Here is our general itinerary: Fly into Firenze and stay at BNB in town for a couple of days. We have a few activities on our agenda while we are there. One highlight is a visit Il Teatre del Sale
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30 September, 2015

2015 – Day 16 Italy – Florence food, fun & shopping

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Fellow travelers, Well, today is our last day in Florence. Hard to believe we’ve been gone almost a month. Our day started out a little late – we said goodbye to our landlady who was taking off on a vacation of her own. She was very nice and we enjoyed our time with her while
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28 September, 2015

2015 – Day 15 Italy – Welcome to Florence

2015 – Day 15 Italy – Welcome to Florence
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Just an FYI, before we left Opera02 I discovered the way to get to the bottle of grappa in our room. You just lift off the heavy glass casing. Well, figured that out just a little too late. Although Dick and Antimo figured they could drink it, and replace the contents with water – maybe
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27 September, 2015

2015 – Day 14 Italy – Last Cooking Class

2015 – Day 14 Italy – Last Cooking Class
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Before I forget – I never told you that the rooms in this hotel in Modena are named and numbered. There are only 8 rooms, so hard to lose track. Our room is named grappa and Antimo’s is vino. In our room there is a glass showcase with a bottle of the hotel’s grappa. Dick
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26 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 13 – Sunday, a Day of Rest

2015 – Italy Day 13 – Sunday, a Day of Rest
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Woke up to thunder, lightening and rain. (see picture below) Gorgeous view of the landscape outside our room getting a refreshing drink of water. You could almost hear the ground sucking it up (much like Oregon and California would be doing I imagine). This storm quickly passed, but it appeared to stop the harvest for
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