12 July, 2017

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette

Yummy, Yummy, Veggies In My Tummy – Vegetable Galette
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“Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?” With zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and onions? This sweet and savory recipe is perfect to use up the bountiful harvest of these garden vegetables.  In the summer it seems like we are invited to a lot of backyard barbecues, patio parties, and picnics. For most of
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7 July, 2017

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One

Life Is Like A Bowl of Fava Beans – Go With Me On This One
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Raise your hand if you knew what fava beans were before the movie “Silence of The Lambs.” The famous line from the movie:  Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Well, skip the liver, human or otherwise, and enjoy
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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16 June, 2017

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.

Trix Is For Kids. Make Avocado Ricotta Toast Instead.
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  Want a quick breakfast that goes beyond the everyday choices? We know that eating breakfast is a healthy thing to do. You may not be a morning person or enjoy eating first thing in the day. This recipe may appeal to you as it isn’t the typical cereal, egg, yogurt, or oatmeal type meal. 
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5 June, 2017

“E” Is For Eggplant

“E” Is For Eggplant
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Have you ever played word games like charades, or Scattergories? Recently a friend on Facebook challenged her friends to play Scattergories with a twist – using the first letter of their last name to fill in various categories. Since the first letter of my last name starts with an “E” every category in the Scattergories challenge had
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29 May, 2017

Finger Lickin’ Good Carrots – Sweet, Savory, & Cheesed

Finger Lickin’ Good Carrots – Sweet, Savory, & Cheesed
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  Carrots have been a “go-to” vegetable for a long, long time. There is evidence that carrot seeds have existed for about 5,000 years. And I’ll bet you didn’t know there is a World Carrot Museum that has fascinating facts on carrots. For example, the museum information reveals how carrots became domesticated and orange in color.
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12 May, 2017

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay

Dippity Doo Dah, Dippity Dee Ay
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“My oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way”, dippity doo dah, dippity dee ay. (Song quote from the “Song of the South” 1946. Original lyrics “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” ) Spring has finally sprung in the Pacific Northwest and we’re planning a party! Truthfully, some of our friends are choosing to get together early in
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8 May, 2017

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta

Spring Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Ricotta
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It’s Spring! Backyard gardeners are prepping their soil, checking seeds, or veggie starts. Anticipation of summer harvests looms in the air. Since moving to Oregon I have had the worst luck trying to grow zucchini. In fact I haven’t harvested one full grown zucchini in 10 years! In my Southern California garden, I couldn’t pick
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28 April, 2017

Dressed Up Potatoes With Garlic And Parmesan

Dressed Up Potatoes With Garlic And Parmesan
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Potatoes are a staple in many households and can be cooked in so many ways – mashed, baked, fried – to mention a few methods. They can also dress up a meal with a smart presentation like hassle back potatoes.  These garlic roasted potatoes with parmesan make an impressive side dish to any meal and complement
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25 February, 2017

Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You
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Did you grow up with iceberg lettuce as the main ingredient in salads and side dishes? Don’t get me wrong, iceberg is the go-to leaf when making a lettuce wrap, but to quote Rachael Ray (RR), “when it comes to nutrition, romaine leaves iceberg out in the cold.” A few fun facts: Vitamin K (may help regulate
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24 February, 2017

Cooking The Books

Cooking The Books
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The phrase “cooking the books” is thought by many to describe the creative accounting that goes on at audit or tax time. In this instance it refers to a  cookbook book club sponsored by our local library. Well you know me – I’m in! The way it works: participants select a recipe from the book-of-the-month, prepare
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22 February, 2017

There’s a Little Devil In…. Eggs

There’s a Little Devil In…. Eggs
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Deviled Eggs used to be a staple around the holidays or included in special dinners. With all the medical reports swaying one way or another about cholesterol and eggs, it seems in more recent times they have all but disappeared as a snack or appetizer.  I’m “throwing caution to the wind” and making them!  Do you
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