19 October, 2018

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes

Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes
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  A potato side-dish complements almost any meat, chicken, or fish meal. This simple version of cheesy scalloped potatoes are not only great for a “big dinner” but also make good leftovers (particularly with leftover ham!). First we need to clear up some controversy about scalloped potatoes.  From Cooksinfo.com:  “A few people speculate that for
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16 October, 2018

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread

The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread
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One of life’s pleasures (well at least I think so) is breathing in the luscious aromas of freshly baked bread. That’s why bakeries are so popular, people want to hang out to surround themselves with the wonderful fresh baked bread smell. Actually, I’m kind of turned off by a bakery if I step inside and
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12 October, 2018

Muffin Top? Not With Apple Oat Muffins

Muffin Top? Not With Apple Oat Muffins
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Sporadic rain showers are hitting the northwest and it just seemed like a good day to bake. I’m finishing up the last few recipes for the “Zhushing Zucchini” Cookbook and threw this batch of muffins into the oven amidst the flurry of kitchen activity. And you are safe, I did not add zucchini to these
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9 October, 2018

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question
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Believe it or not, this recipe started out to be tomato juice and ended up as ketchup. Do things like that ever happen in your kitchen? An example of another instance like this was a few years ago when I was making pasta that turned out to be dog biscuits. It’s a stretch I know
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5 October, 2018

Apple Of My Eye Pie

Apple Of My Eye Pie
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Fall in the Pacific Northwest brings out the “apple” in almost everyone’s eyes. According to Wikipedia, “The phrase apple of my eye refers to something or someone that one cherishes above all others.” Since apples are an abundant crop this time of year so are apple pies, applesauce, apple doughnuts, apple cider… the list goes
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2 October, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take Five this month brings laughable moments, somewhat sad news, and a few interesting tidbits in-between.  Florence, Italy Banning Street Food.  L’Atalo-Americano shared this news which made me sad. I love Florence and never miss a visit to the city when we are in Italy. Over the years we have formed special relationships with some
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28 September, 2018

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lunch at our house often turns out to be a repurposing of last night’s dinner. Hubby is not a fan of leftovers so I have to be creative to make the meal appealing a second time around.  Let’s start with the pasta element of this salad. You do save cooked pasta don’t you? Or is
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25 September, 2018

Chocolate Espresso Energy Bars

Chocolate Espresso Energy Bars
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  Chocolate and espresso are two of my favorite ingredients to pair in recipes. So I figured these bars just had to be good, right? Not only do they give you energy, they are actually on the healthier side of the energy bar scale, and taste great. So I had to try them of course! 
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18 September, 2018

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You
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Sunday is sauce day in a typical Italian family’s house. My grandmother followed that tradition for many years. It was expected that we had Sunday dinner with pasta and freshly made sauce. You didn’t want to mess with Italian tradition or my grandmother.  The family sauce recipe is closely guarded amongst Italians. Most will not
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14 September, 2018

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup
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Are you familiar with the song that Dana Carvey sang called “The Lady I Know?” For some reason that song was rolling around in my head as I was creating this recipe. It’s really a spoof of a song and mainly just repeats the lyrics “Chop’in broccoli.” Most people think of the song as the
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11 September, 2018

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Beans
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Scarlett runner beans are not a universally well-known bean. Since my hubby started growing them a few years ago I’ve been working on converting recipes for this versatile bean.  He was first introduced to these beans by a neighbor who had grown them in his garden for years. A nod to Vern for sharing.  Hubby
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7 September, 2018

The Italian Roast Beef Encounter

The Italian Roast Beef Encounter
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Do I call this The Italian Roast Beef Encounter because it’s smothered in wine and tomatoes? Is it because there are about nine cloves of garlic included? Or could it be that there is an abundance of Italian herbs sprinkled throughout? Maybe because I like to add in cooked fava beans when I have them fresh
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