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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10 July, 2018

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style
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Summer season is salad season in our house. Salads just taste better in summer. You can’t get ingredients fresher than picking off the vine in a backyard garden or picking them up at a local farmer’s market. Even the vegetables in the local grocery stores seem to carry fresher veggies this time of year.  When
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15 June, 2018

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!
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I love the time of year when the vegetable garden is in high production. Neighbors are scoping out each other’s gardens and comparing the size of their zucchini plants (…among other things). When we first moved to Oregon we were aghast that zucchini would not grow in our yard. For years the plants did nothing
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13 April, 2018

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad
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Some movies are destined to become popular and ultimately classics that live on in the minds of movie goers. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of those classics that is revisited every Christmas time and quotes from the movie are shared over and over. “When Harry Met Sally” is another movie that falls into the
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23 March, 2018

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!
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Have you ever experienced the odor from a cauliflower field when it’s past its prime? A farm near our house hadn’t cleared the fields and let the cauliflower disintegrate on the vine. Ohh the smell was awful!! I even avoided the streets that bordered that field so I wouldn’t get the rotten field stench. It kept
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23 February, 2018

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw

Green Cabbage of Courage – Coleslaw
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Coleslaw is such a versatile dish and can be prepared with a large variety of ingredients. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say, “Coleslaw (from the Dutch term koolsla meaning ‘cabbage salad’), also known as coleslaw or slaw, is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, commonly either vinaigrette or mayonnaise.” There are hundreds of recipes on the internet and in cookbooks, all varying just
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16 February, 2018

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice
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Cooking in season is a goal of mine. Winter vegetables are so hearty and nutritious. I enjoy adding them to my recipes in the winter time specifically, and year around when I can find them grown locally (if I’m not growing them in my garden). Today’s recipe features butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, and
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30 January, 2018

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone

Oh Where, Oh Where Has The Garlic Bread Gone
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I can remember when Italian restaurants would serve garlic bread when you sat down at the table much like Mexican restaurants that bring chips and salsa to the table. Well, that isn’t the “norm” these days. In fact, if you want garlic bread at some restaurants today, you have to pay extra! Maybe the more recent
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19 January, 2018

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings
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National Potato Day is August 19th by some sources like The Punchbowl and October 27th by others like Foodimentary. Foodimentary’s website is dedicated to National Food Holidays and is a fun read. It starts with January 1 being National Bloody Mary Day, well at least that’s where I started. A few Bloody Mary’s later… oops,
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16 January, 2018

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes
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Potatoes are a good food source that have saved people from starvation in hard times and yet have taken a bad rap when the world became carb conscious. Some interesting facts from the International Potato Center:  “There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. Potato is the third
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22 November, 2017

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes

“Sweet Baby” Sweet Potatoes
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Watching a PBS special the other night with James Taylor and Carole King brought back  memories of great music by two iconic artists. The music that each created during their careers spoke to what was going on in people’s lives (as well as their own) at that time. It was comforting to listen to these familiar
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17 November, 2017

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me

The Theater, Peas & Cheese, And Me
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This recipe goes w-w-a-a-a-y-y-y back to my college days. One of the elective classes I took was theater – hard to believe, right? I was surprised at how much I loved this class because I was on a straight and narrow business track. Yet, I was being drawn into a love of the theater. My
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