14 December, 2016

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Meatloaf!
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  Comfort food. Ah yes. We have our favorites from childhood and adulthood. And the time of year dictates what comfort food you might crave.  A crisp fall day may bring back a love for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Or on a cold wintery night only spaghetti and meatballs will satisfy you. Meatloaf is another
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11 December, 2016

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner
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Shopping, decorating, and baking…. this is a busy time of year for most, no matter what or how you celebrate. This dinner is a one-pot meal that you can fix in the morning and forget until dinner time. I have to warn you though, the aromas of the meat and vegetables cooking will permeate the house.
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9 December, 2016

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup
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Soup is always a good option for lunch or dinner. It cooks up quickly on the stove top or throw ingredients in a crockpot and “forgetaboutit.” I guess it’s no surprise that I’m wearing out a few of my kitchen appliances with all the cooking I do. I’ll have to tap Santa for a few early
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5 December, 2016

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish
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Holiday parties are filling our calendars at this time of year and potlucks are a common menu for many. You may have had this dictate the food to share: if  your last name begins with A-J bring a main dish, K-R bring a vegetable, S-Z bring a dessert. While I’m fine with bringing any assigned food dishes,
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4 December, 2016

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!

Ricotta, Gnocchi & Vodka Sauce, Oh My!
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Gnocchi is one of those Italian dishes that some people have a hesitation to try. Or they have tried it and decided they just don’t like it. While most restaurants do a decent job of preparing gnocchi, there are tastier versions you can make that may change your mind about this delightful pillowy pasta. The most common
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1 December, 2016

Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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After October 31st it seems like the holidays and celebrations fill the calendar. It’s a fast ride from here to the New Year.  The holidays bring out family and cultural traditions. During holiday dinners Italians and Italian Americans usually serve a pasta dish before serving the main course. People were preparing food for days. When I was growing
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29 November, 2016

Parmesan Sage Pork Chops

Parmesan Sage Pork Chops
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  I enjoy sharing my favorite recipes with our great neighbors and friends. Yeah like you didn’t have a clue by now that that could be a highlight of my day. So when a friend shares a recipe they enjoy I love it! Pork chops are not my favorite meat, but adding two great ingredients like Parmesan
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28 November, 2016

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!

Marsala Chicken aka Chicken Cooked in Wine – Oh Yah!
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Chicken marsala is an Italian-American dish made with chicken, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. It dates back to the 19th century, where it most likely originated from western Sicily, where Marsala wine is produced. It is believed to be a variation of traditional Italian scaloppini dishes.  There are numerous variations of Chicken Marsala recipes. This is not the
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25 November, 2016

Potato, Potaato, Pancakes – One Way To Use Leftovers

Potato, Potaato, Pancakes – One Way To Use Leftovers
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Woke up this morning remembering yesterday’s great feast with friends and then the song “Potato, potaato, tomato, tomaato….” started rattling around in my head. (Please excuse the misspelling — trying to empathize that the same word is pronounced differently in the song. If you missed the blog on homonyms, etc. click here for the Chili For a
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23 November, 2016

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving holiday in the US is tomorrow and I can picture most of you preparing something today for your dinner feast OR making reservations for a nearby restaurant. And that’s okay too!  While I try to be thankful and appreciative for all the fortunes of love, life, and laughter everyday, this time of year in particular we all
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17 November, 2016

Chili For a Chilly Day

Chili For a Chilly Day
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It’s chilly outside so let’s make some chili! A play on words for sure. Have you ever thought about how many words in the English language are pronounced exactly the same, maybe even spelled the same, but have totally different meanings? Here’s what I found on vocabulary.com: A homograph is a word that has the
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16 November, 2016

Cheeky Leeky Potato Soup

Cheeky Leeky Potato Soup
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After a solid week of making soups, you’d think we would be tired of them. Well, we had reached a saturation point last week because homemade soups usually make more servings than we can eat, so it’s soup for lunch and dinner some nights. And don’t get me started on breakfast soup – yes such a
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