17 July, 2018

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!
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  Fava beans are one of my favorite summer beans that we include in our garden. I have fond memories of growing up eating them as a staple at my Italian relatives’ dinner table. Favas sautéed in olive oil and garlic with swiss chard was Uncle Frank’s specialty. He would take me out to his garden
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10 July, 2018

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style
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Summer season is salad season in our house. Salads just taste better in summer. You can’t get ingredients fresher than picking off the vine in a backyard garden or picking them up at a local farmer’s market. Even the vegetables in the local grocery stores seem to carry fresher veggies this time of year.  When
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15 June, 2018

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!
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I love the time of year when the vegetable garden is in high production. Neighbors are scoping out each other’s gardens and comparing the size of their zucchini plants (…among other things). When we first moved to Oregon we were aghast that zucchini would not grow in our yard. For years the plants did nothing
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4 May, 2018

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo
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Growing up in Southern California and living most of my life less than two hours from the Mexican border I was exposed to good Mexican food. Mexican restaurants are abundant in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  When we moved to Oregon a little over ten years ago I realized that good Mexican food
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20 March, 2018

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters
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Bean soup – how basic can it be? Well, that’s what I like about this recipe – it can be as basic as you want it, or by adding more ingredients and/or exotic beans, you can change the complexity and depth of the flavors.  I first learned of this soup recipe from Emily Barnes. She
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4 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 1

2017 – Volterra Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep (who am I kidding?) and a wonderful espresso, we’re ready to conquer the roads of Tuscany. Well, there was more than just espresso for breakfast and I have to share since this IS a food and travel blog.  We had blood orange juice which tasted like a blend of traditional
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21 July, 2017

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan

Snap! Sugar Snap Peas With Garlic And Parmesan
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The seasons is over for sugar snap peas, can I have an awwwwww? It’s always sad to see the dying plants at this time in summer when the leaves are yellowing and the beans look less than perfect. And then you spot a few flowering pods that seem impossible to mature – but they do!
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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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27 June, 2017

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad
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Hot days filled with lots of summer activities, and warm nights begging for an easy dinner – what do you do? Taco salad is a quick meal and enjoyed by all members of the family because they can add their own favorite ingredients.  Sauté ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Add taco seasoning and beans (pinto,
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24 May, 2017

Bowl Me Over With These Pinto Beans

Bowl Me Over With These Pinto Beans
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  In Southern California, where I spent the majority of my life (about an hour and a half from the Mexican border) Mexican foods and restaurants were plentiful. I grew to appreciate many of the traditional Mexican dishes.  One thing I never attempted to make from scratch (until  recently) is pinto beans. I became brave
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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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22 March, 2017

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad

Virtually Travel To Tuscany For A Tuna Salad
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It’s been a long winter. In one day we had snow, rain, sleet, hail, and sun (for a nanosecond). So when the weather in Oregon gets me down, I think about other places that uplift my mood. Where would that be? Almost anyplace in Italy. When in Tuscany last year I enjoyed a delicious tuna and
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