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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8 June, 2018

Peter Piper Picked – Chicken, Feta & Pomegranate Pitas

Peter Piper Picked – Chicken, Feta & Pomegranate Pitas
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Do you know the tongue-twister “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?…” I don’t know why this came to mind when making this recipe as there are no peppers involved. Maybe it was the wine I was sipping while cooking that brought on the childhood memory
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22 May, 2018

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold
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Springtime awakens the earth and brings out the beauty of nature. The harsh winter weather has faded so gastronomic delights have shifted from heavy stews to lighter fare. The ingredients in these Greek Chicken Quesadillas are essentially Greek salad fixings wrapped up in a tortilla and can be eaten hot or cold.  I tried this
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8 May, 2018

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!
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Taquitos have a history in our family, well mostly with my hubby. Back in the day, he used to eat them by the dozen. Yes, literally by the dozen! He claims he only ate 10 at a time, but why quibble over two taquitos. (I swear it was a dozen.) He would buy them frozen
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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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16 March, 2018

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut Or… Fruit & Nut Bites
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I must be some kind of nut (if you know me, you know that I am). I keep making different types of granola bars. I do love them and know my homemade bars are made with real food – not ingredients/chemicals I can’t pronounce that are added to store brand bars to help keep them
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20 February, 2018

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls

Knotted Pleasures In Garlic Pizza Balls
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Baking bread of any type is a favorite guilty pleasure of mine. I know what you’re thinking, cooking of any kind is a happy thing for me, however, there’s something about baking bread that adds extra joy. I don’t know if it’s the kneading of the bread, or the aroma of bread baking in the
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15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
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The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media
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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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10 November, 2017

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig
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A very special friend was celebrating a milestone in her life. No, not a birthday milestone, one much more important in her life. Her husband decided on an impromptu get together with a few people to celebrate this milestone. What could I bring that would be quick and easy, yet festive? I thought the “circle
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7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
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Figs may not be a favorite fruit for most people, but to an Italian whose family generated from Southern Italy, it’s like “Fruit of the Gods” for me. Stuffed figs are a popular Pugliese treat. Traditionally, Italians will dry the figs in the sun at the end of summer or early Fall, stuff them, cook
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23 October, 2017

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers

Snack To The Future – Apricot Ricotta Appetizers
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A neighbor called this morning and needed an appetizer for an event she was attending tonight. She explained it was a spur of the moment thing and would I have time to whip something up for her? Well, on my calendar today I had a booty barre class at the gym, groceries to pick up,
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