10 February, 2017

Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
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To quote Nestle: “This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion.” And it seems like today was a good day to make cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies.  Typically chocolate chip cookies were the first cookies most of us made. You may have fond memories from your childhood of making
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6 February, 2017

If You Can Count To 3 You Can Make These Almond Cookies

If You Can Count To 3 You Can Make These Almond Cookies
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Wandering around on the internet at 3:00 am can be dangerous. For me, that means I’m looking at things that I shouldn’t… like recipes for cookies and coffee cakes and sugar-laden breads. Now what were you thinking?  In my web surfing, I stumbled upon this author of many cookbooks, Dorie Greenspan. I love her first name,
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27 January, 2017

4-Ingredient Boston Cream Pie

4-Ingredient Boston Cream Pie
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Call it fake or an alternative to the real thing….. but this Boston cream pie holds its own against the authentic version and is so much easier to make. You can whip this up in literally 15 minutes from start to finish.  Boston Cream Pie is one of hubby’s favorite desserts and he had been
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24 January, 2017

Marvelous Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mocha Meringues – Mmmm

Marvelous Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mocha Meringues – Mmmm
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Taste buds begging for a little something sweet? These cookies do require a bit of time, but the flavor is a just reward. Should I confess now or later about my goof on these mocha morsels? Mixing up the ingredients was easy enough but piping the cookies was a little more challenging. You need to know that
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16 January, 2017

Love Sicilian Style – Ricotta Cheesecake

Love Sicilian Style – Ricotta Cheesecake
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When we visited Sicily the first time it was almost like a whole new world of Italian food. If you’ve traveled to Italy you may have experienced that each region has their own way of creating food ~ take pasta for example. In Bari (Pulgia region in Southern Italy), orecchiette is common. The name comes from its
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12 January, 2017

Fennel Digestif (Liqueur) – Italian Remedy For An Upset Tummy

Fennel Digestif (Liqueur) – Italian Remedy For An Upset Tummy
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The weather outside is frightening…. We’re having a winter storm in the Pacific Northwest and it seems a lot of the country is having the same. Rosemary on the deck is toughing it out. We had a little warning from the weather people so neighbors have been stocking up on bread and milk in case they
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7 January, 2017

It’s Oatmeal Cookie Time, It’s Oatmeal Cookie TIme…..

It’s Oatmeal Cookie Time, It’s Oatmeal Cookie TIme…..
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they crave something that can ease pain or alleviate feelings of stress and bring a little comfort. It could be a hug, a smile, a newly blossomed flower, the laughter of a child, or food. Whatever it is for you, every once in a while we need
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31 December, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls To Start The New Year

Cinnamon Rolls To Start The New Year
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  In Italy, food plays an important part of observing the New Year – can I get a “duh”? The customs vary from region to region but some of the major items never change. Sweet bread or cake is served in most parts of Italy. This food item symbolizes prosperity and hope for New Year. Lentils are
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26 December, 2016

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone
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  Christmas is over, now what? … do you do with all the leftovers? Let’s start with dessert… panettone to be exact. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover panettone is Italian style French toast. I just substitute slices of panettone for white bread.  Great served with leftover orange salad. It’s definitely not
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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15 December, 2016

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…

Let’s Get The Balls Rolling…
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Homes at this time of year are decorated with balls on Christmas trees, staircases, and doorsteps. How about making a few edible balls? Let’s start with energy balls to help get through the hustle and bustle of the holidays. These healthy snacks are a great boost during busy days, everyone in the family can enjoy them, and most are
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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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