14 August, 2018

Italian Style Sangria

Italian Style Sangria
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A hot August afternoon, a gathering of friends, and wine. Sounds like the perfect combination to me. Since it was a very hot day, I wanted to lighten things up and make a cooler wine choice. I contemplated serving a crisp chilled white or rose wine but ultimately decided to try making an Italian style
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10 August, 2018

Hot August Night – Tomato Vegetable Gazpacho

Hot August Night – Tomato Vegetable Gazpacho
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This soup is an oldie but a goodie – one that I used to make a long time ago in the early years of marriage. It is easy to make and budget friendly, which was as important in those days as it is today. I pulled this old recipe out of the archives, dusted it
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7 August, 2018

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini
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Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature song of “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire” was playing in the background. What a song to get you pumped up and motivated. Since I was going to be cooking zucchini AGAIN, I needed some motivation! I had 13 zucchini in the fridge, neighbors and friends were avoiding me when I
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3 August, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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This month’s five favorites start with a great memory I wanted to share while we were in Italy last September. We ran into Phil Rosenthal, the writer and producer of the “Everybody Loves Raymond Show,” star of “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” and also “Somebody Feed Phil.” He happened to be filming a segment for
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31 July, 2018

Think Outside The Box With Zucchini Nachos

Think Outside The Box With Zucchini Nachos
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  Everybody loves nachos, right? Well here’s a healthy twist to a time-tested recipe that is sure to please everyone. The only chips used in this recipe are zucchini chips. (Yes I’m still peddling zucchini in my recipes.)  If you are a nachos purest, you may have to adjust your thinking about this recipe. Consider
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27 July, 2018

Junior Chef Creates Blueberry Swirl Rollup

Junior Chef Creates Blueberry Swirl Rollup
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We interrupt our scheduled zucchini recipe series to insert one more blueberry delight. I can hear the sighs of relief from around the globe. 🙂 Hubby was out in the garden pulling the last of the blueberries from the plants along with our bonus grand Ellie and I decided we needed to make something in
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24 July, 2018

Blueberry, Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry, Blueberry Muffins
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Believe it or not, I’m somewhat burned out from cooking zucchini recipes. I am ready to bake something other than zucchini. [Insert LOL or hahaha. An emoji doesn’t come close to the gut-splitting laugh I’m experiencing from that statement.] Since our two little blueberry bushes produced about 10 pints of blueberries this year, I had
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20 July, 2018

The Fast And The Fabulous Vegetable Slaw Salad

The Fast And The Fabulous Vegetable Slaw Salad
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Do you ever wonder what to do with the vegetables that are left after serving a vegetable platter? I hosted book club last month and after everyone left I had a few veggies that needed to be repurposed for another meal so I had to think of something. What I realized, is using the ingredients
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17 July, 2018

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!

The Favas Are Here! The Favas Are Here!
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  Fava beans are one of my favorite summer beans that we include in our garden. I have fond memories of growing up eating them as a staple at my Italian relatives’ dinner table. Favas sautéed in olive oil and garlic with swiss chard was Uncle Frank’s specialty. He would take me out to his garden
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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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29 June, 2018

Panelle – Sicilian Street Food – Chickpea & Veggie Fritters

Panelle – Sicilian Street Food – Chickpea & Veggie Fritters
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The food carts in Sicily that we encountered on our trips are so different than those found in the US, yet so similar. We’re not food cart aficionados usually, but when in Rome…  Actually, there are a lot of food carts in the Portland metro area that are quite sought-after. My favorite is the cart called
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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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