1 November, 2016

New England Clam Chowder Soup-er

New England Clam Chowder Soup-er
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Next up on our week of Soup-er dinners, I’m resurrecting a favorite in our household, New England Clam Chowder. This recipe was originally shared by a good friend and neighbor Mike. He is the man you want to know for any great soup recipe! My love of New England clam chowder goes back a few
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31 October, 2016

Have a Soup-er Week

Have a Soup-er Week
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It’s soup-er time and the living is easy…. Cool days call for a large bowl of soup with a salad, and a hunk of bread to round out the meal. Oh yeah! Since we are having cool and rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest, I thought it would be fun to cook up a different soup
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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27 October, 2016

The Harvest & Winemaking

The Harvest & Winemaking
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The Harvest or Crush (referring to picking and crushing the wine grapes), whether in Italy, California, or the Willamette Valley here in Oregon is one of my favorite seasons. This Wine Spectator article spells out some of the basics of the crush season.  We have been visiting Italy in the fall for the last couple of
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26 October, 2016

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast
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I love a bargain! When our local grocery store had pork shoulder/butt roast on sale I had to buy one, well, the price was so good, I bought two. One went immediately into the freezer and I used the other to make up a few meals. Here is the results: four different meals from a 3
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24 October, 2016

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is

You Don’t Know Beans – Garbanzo Beans That Is
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Maybe it’s just me, but would you agree that garbanzos aka chickpeas are an under-appreciated bean? And they are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.  Wikipedia has quite an extensive background of the chickpea. Yes, they are the main ingredient in hummus and are used in Middle Eastern
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24 October, 2016

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage
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When I travel I always take a cooking class or two, or three. It’s so much fun to learn from people in other areas of the world. Last year when I was in Southern Italy (Manduria) I had a unique experience while visiting the home of local residents with Antimo, an experiential guide and travel
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20 October, 2016

Stuffed Pasta

Stuffed Pasta
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I had some fresh ricotta leftover after making the Zeppole the other day, and it was National Pasta Day on the 17th of October (thought I’d mention it just in case you missed it), so decided to use the ricotta to stuff into rigatoni type pasta for dinner. Here’s a quick dinner recipe for you!  

17 October, 2016

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables
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Thank goodness I have friends who have an overabundance of zucchini from their summer gardens. I’m probably the only dedicated home gardener that can’t seem to grow it in Oregon. So I rely on friends to share their surplus. Most have pulled their summer vegetable plants now that it’s mid-October and found a zucchini or two hiding
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16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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13 October, 2016

Leftovers Tonight? Try This!

Leftovers Tonight? Try This!
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So you have a butternut squash sitting on the counter staring you down, and leftovers in the fridge. Here is a way to use both and create a tasty meal. The leftover ingredients change frequently in my house depending on what I have available. I’ve made this recipe with leftover turkey, chicken, or sausage. And if you happen
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12 October, 2016

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup
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There is a crispness to the air as we watch the landscape transition from the lush vegetation of summer to the beauty of fall. As we adjust to the changes in nature, we also adjust some of our food choices. So out come the soup, stew, and chili recipes. A steaming pot of soup is something to look
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