6 November, 2016

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!

In a Stew? Try My Hearty Beef Stew!
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  Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread – there may be. Ray Stannard Baker (BrainyQuote)      I was checking my Facebook posts this morning and was reminded by Frank at Everybody Loves Italian how wonderful it is to have Sunday’s dinner cooking all day
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3 November, 2016

Noodled Chicken Soup-er

Noodled Chicken Soup-er
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I’m not a sports fan AT ALL, but the last World Series Game hooked me last night. Today, I thought that the Cleveland Indians might need a big dose of chicken soup to comfort them with their loss.   There is a traditional method of making chicken soup that most of you might know. My version
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2 November, 2016

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup-er

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup-er
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Butternut squash is so versatile and easy to adapt to recipes, substitute for sweet potatoes or even pumpkin. And it is a hardy squash that lasts a long time in the pantry. They are fairly easy to grow, however, do require a lot of space. Funny story – a few years ago in spring we
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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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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

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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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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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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11 October, 2016

Rustic Italian Bread

Rustic Italian Bread
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There’s nothing better than a hunk of really good bread with a meal. One of my favorite memories of my Italian grandfather was watching him sop up juices from meat, or remnants of pasta sauce with bread. He truly savored those last bites of the meal. When my Italian grandmother (and her 13 brothers and sisters)
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