13 July, 2018

Seashore In Seaside – Foodies Delight

Seashore In Seaside – Foodies Delight
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Well, I have to say the trip from the Portland area to Seaside takes about two and a half hours. Our trip took us seven. Why? Because we ate and drank our way across the city and countryside winding our way through the mountain pass and down to the seashore.  We left at a reasonable
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6 July, 2018

You Say Banana, I Say Muffins, Breads, Cakes…

You Say Banana, I Say Muffins, Breads, Cakes…
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Bananas are one fruit I put my foot down when it comes to buying organic. You may not believe this, but I was told by the produce manager of our local market that there is no such thing as a truly organic banana. Well, I guess he should know. I found several articles that are
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26 June, 2018

Clockwork Orange… And Pistachio Energy Balls

Clockwork Orange… And Pistachio Energy Balls
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While waiting for the garden to grow summer produce, I’ve been trying to be patient. I go out to the garden every day and check the progress of the tomatoes, onions, garlic, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, scarlet runner beans, cucumber, fava beans (favas are really tasty as evidenced by this prior post FAVA), sugar snap peas,
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19 June, 2018

Anytime Is Cookie Time – Especially Pistachio Cookies

Anytime Is Cookie Time – Especially Pistachio Cookies
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Pistachio – what an odd name for a crazy little nut. According to Wikipedia, the pistachio is a member of the cashew family originating from Central Asia and the Middle East.  Pistachios are a nutritionally dense food. They have quite a few amazing health benefits. And are an excellent source of good fat, fiber, antioxidants,
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5 June, 2018

Bob’s Red Mill Cooking Class – French Macarons

Bob’s Red Mill Cooking Class – French Macarons
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When you love cooking as much as I do, you can imagine I also enjoy a good cooking class from time-to-time. In fact, when we travel there is always at least 2-3 cooking classes on the agenda (or more if I can squeeze them in). I love to see other cook’s processes to create a
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29 May, 2018

A Lovely Bunch Of Coconut Macaroons

A Lovely Bunch Of Coconut Macaroons
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Macaroons have long been a favorite of mine but I don’t make them because of the obvious – I’d eat them! I’m the only person in this household that likes macaroons, so I would have the opportunity to eat the whole batch. Sharing these coconut delights with neighbors and friends is an option, but a
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25 May, 2018

To Dip Or Not To Dip – Chocolate Espresso Sauce

To Dip Or Not To Dip – Chocolate Espresso Sauce
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  Might you think this is a caffeine jolting chocolate sauce? I would if I saw the ingredients. Since caffeine doesn’t affect me like it does so many other people, I’m probably not a great judge of the impact the caffeine in this recipe may have. Espresso combined with chocolate….. Let’s start with why this recipe
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15 May, 2018

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins
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Who says healthy recipes can’t be tasty and easy to make? And don’t let the flaxseed in this recipe scare you away. My “I don’t eat muffins, especially healthy ones” hubby ate a bunch of these. Did I tell him they were a healthy version and contained zucchini? No! I’m not stupid! Of course, I
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27 April, 2018

Clouds, Clouds, Everywhere Are Clouds… Ricotta Limoncello Clouds

Clouds, Clouds, Everywhere Are Clouds… Ricotta Limoncello Clouds
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Just when I’d thought I had run out of ways to use ricotta and limoncello, these healthy (hardly seems possible) and flourless meringue clouds appeared to me like a dream. Well, truth be told, I saw a recipe for donuts that gave me the idea. Now you must be wondering, how could a donut recipe
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17 April, 2018

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti

Bake Someone Happy – Momma Anna’s Biscotti
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When we were in Italy last Fall, we visited Manduria, where Anna lives. She is Antimo Cimino’s mother and the sweetest lady on the planet. She works hard every day cooking and baking for her husband and family. This visit she taught me how to make her famous biscotti cookies. These cookies are like the
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16 March, 2018

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites
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I must be some kind of nut (if you know me, you know that I am). I keep making different types of granola bars. I do love them and know my homemade bars are made with real food – not ingredients/chemicals I can’t pronounce that are added to store brand bars to help keep them
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27 February, 2018

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?

O’Peanut Butter, Where For Art Thou? Covered In Chocolate?
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Pinterest, the lifeblood, and death of me sometimes. I’m constantly saving recipes, crafts, gardening ideas, etc. to this “notebook in the sky.” It’s a little out of my comfort zone to use Pinterest, yet I love seeing what’s posted and “out there” to learn about.  I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and thought
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