19 July, 2017

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! Italian Meatloaf
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Meatloaf has earned a reputation as a comfort food. And today we needed/wanted comfort food. You know those days….I’m sure you’ve had one at some point. People have their own favorites of what they consider comfort food and what they turn to at this time. Me? I turn to Italian food. Hubby wants “meat.” So
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27 June, 2017

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad

Have It Your Way… Taco Salad
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Hot days filled with lots of summer activities, and warm nights begging for an easy dinner – what do you do? Taco salad is a quick meal and enjoyed by all members of the family because they can add their own favorite ingredients.  Sauté ground beef, turkey, or chicken. Add taco seasoning and beans (pinto,
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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14 June, 2017

Keeping A Marriage Together With Pork Chops And Stuffing

Keeping A Marriage Together With Pork Chops And Stuffing
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What have I learned about having a marriage that lasts 45 years? One thing for sure, keep husband well fed. The old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is true in our relationship. A few other amusing quotes: “Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right. The other
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2 June, 2017

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili

This Recipe is a Dilly – No Bean Chili
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What chili ingredients are most important to you? The meat or the beans? And if it’s meat only, which type of meat? Ground beef, ground turkey or some chunk cut of beef that simmers well and adds enormous flavor? If you are vegetarian or prefer the bean only chili, that opens up an entirely different
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26 May, 2017

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven

Rub A Dub Dub, Pork Ribs In The Tub… Errr…Oven
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  Whenever meat, chicken or fish goes on sale at the grocery store, I stock up. I hate to say “for a rainy day” as we’ve had a lot of those in the Pacific Northwest this year. Good thing though, I was stocked up and ready! One thing I do after purchasing a large quantity of
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26 April, 2017

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event
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One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the close proximity to a large number of the 700+ wineries in the state. If you are a member of any one of these local wineries you have certain privileges (depending on the winery) that usually include free wine tastings, pick-up parties,
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24 April, 2017

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon

You Don’t Have To Be Julia Child To Make Beef Bourguignon
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  I think I’ve been watching too many French themed movies while recovering from back surgery. These movies have all featured romantic city scapes, beautiful countryside scenes, and luscious food and wine. If you’re in the mood for an entertaining romantic movie, here are a a few I’ve indulged in lately: French Kiss, An American in
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12 April, 2017

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner

One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner
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It amazes me how everything in life cycles. Kitchen cooking tools for example. It seems like I’ve spent my life collecting the perfect pots and pans, slow cookers, etc., and now, the trend is to cook one-pan meals. Whether it is on a baking sheet, or instant pot, dutch oven, or, or, or… recipes are
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29 March, 2017

Do You Know Braciole Like I Know Braciole? Oh, Oh, Oh What A Dish!

Do You Know Braciole Like I Know Braciole? Oh, Oh, Oh What A Dish!
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The first thing you need to know (if you are not Italian) is how to pronounce this Italian meat dish. When in an Italian restaurant I’ve heard people order “bra-key-o-lee”. Here’s a YouTube pronunciation that gives the word a different spin Braciola. The version I found most like what I know from my upbringing is this
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13 March, 2017

Pork The Tenderloin With Brown Sugar & Balsamic – Oh Yeah

Pork The Tenderloin With Brown Sugar & Balsamic – Oh Yeah
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It was time to make hubby a special dinner. He has been working hard cleaning up after construction, putting up new ceiling fans, light fixtures, moving furniture, and oh yeah, it was his birthday. We’d been out to breakfast and lunch to celebrate several times in the week. So for his birthday dinner he choose
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8 March, 2017

It’s Time For A Trip To Get Authentic Italian Food – Enzo’s Caffe Italiano

It’s Time For A Trip To Get Authentic Italian Food – Enzo’s Caffe Italiano
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Italophilia, a fellow blogger recently said, “Today is just one of those days when I am terribly terribly missing Italy. Troppo ? You might think and say, “when do you not”?? Well…okay.. you could be almost right there but today is not that daily “I wish I were in Italy sipping a glass of vino in my favorite piazza” feeling
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