1 May, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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It’s the fifth month of the year already?! Spring is spreading across the nation, grass growing, and flowers peeking out from winter. And, as happens every month, another five favorites to share. A few videos, recipes, entertainment, and healthful tips make up this month’s featured favs.     Beginner meatloaf. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, this recipe
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6 April, 2018

Stand By Your Meat – Marinated Flank Steak

Stand By Your Meat – Marinated Flank Steak
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Ever wish you had a “go-to ready to throw on the bar-b-que” meat? Flank steak is a good choice any season. There are so many ways to fix a flank steak – stuffed, rolled and cooked in a sauce, or just grilled are a few choices.  When I find a good price on flank steak, I usually
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30 March, 2018

Three Men And A Little Bacon, Baby!

Three Men And A Little Bacon, Baby!
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Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! Bacon for breakfast, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich for lunch, bacon wrapped steak for dinner. It’s a food that translates to any meal of the day. Even vegetarians can enjoy bacon – check out this eggplant bacon. These caramelized bacon bites were a hit at hubby’s First Friday guys night out event (all guys
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13 March, 2018

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, And Thyme Risotto

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, And Thyme Risotto
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Doesn’t the title of this recipe just make you want to break out into the Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair song? I have to admit I was humming it quite a bit while I was cooking. Well, I did try singing it, but realized I didn’t know most of the words and had to stick
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6 February, 2018

Porkbuster Chops

Porkbuster Chops
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These days my freeway commute is not to the office to work, but to the gym to workout. I still carpool when I can which makes the drive, however long or short, more interesting. We may discuss politics, marriage, travel, books, hobbies, and conversations always seem to include food. Shocker, right?  On more than one
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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28 November, 2017

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs

My Most Favorite Italian Meatballs
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Does the Julie Andrews song “My Favorite Things” ever go running through your head? No? Well, maybe it’s just me. Some of the lyrics to that song make no sense to me: “Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Doorbells and sleigh bells And schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
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31 October, 2017

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf

Hocus, Pocus, I’ve Got To Focus – Magic Meatloaf
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Meatloaf on Halloween? Absolutely! And with a magic surprise inside! One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. These three ladies dressed up as goofy witches makes me laugh hysterically each time I watch it. Yes, it’s a “must-watch” in our house this time of year, just like
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20 October, 2017

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin

This Little Piggy Is A Herbaceous Pork Loin
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A few years ago, our friends from New York and my hubby and me were wine tasting in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley that has a rich history of producing fabulous pinot noir. We were having a good time tasting at a few wineries, and then we met Michael. He was the tasting room manager at the last
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29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
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To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
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28 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
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  Started our day with a cappuccino and a pastry, like anyone would do when in Italy.   To get to our destination we had to practically take planes, trains, and automobiles. We started on the Rome metro, changed trains and got off the metro in Piramide. Then we got on a train train (not Metro
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4 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 1

2017 – Volterra Day 1
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After a good night’s sleep (who am I kidding?) and a wonderful espresso, we’re ready to conquer the roads of Tuscany. Well, there was more than just espresso for breakfast and I have to share since this IS a food and travel blog.  We had blood orange juice which tasted like a blend of traditional
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