13 July, 2018

Seashore In Seaside – Foodies Delight

Seashore In Seaside – Foodies Delight
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Well, I have to say the trip from the Portland area to Seaside takes about two and a half hours. Our trip took us seven. Why? Because we ate and drank our way across the city and countryside winding our way through the mountain pass and down to the seashore.  We left at a reasonable
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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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6 July, 2018

You Say Banana, I Say Muffins, Breads, Cakes…

You Say Banana, I Say Muffins, Breads, Cakes…
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Bananas are one fruit I put my foot down when it comes to buying organic. You may not believe this, but I was told by the produce manager of our local market that there is no such thing as a truly organic banana. Well, I guess he should know. I found several articles that are
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3 July, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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  This month’s Five Favorites topics focus on garden safety, properly washing produce, the many uses of cinnamon, new uses for pasta, and threats to 10 foods with climate change.    Pet Safe Garden – We all want to keep our pets safe year round, however, with summer gardens in full swing, this blog has some
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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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26 June, 2018

Clockwork Orange… And Pistachio Energy Balls

Clockwork Orange… And Pistachio Energy Balls
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While waiting for the garden to grow summer produce, I’ve been trying to be patient. I go out to the garden every day and check the progress of the tomatoes, onions, garlic, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, scarlet runner beans, cucumber, fava beans (favas are really tasty as evidenced by this prior post FAVA), sugar snap peas,
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22 June, 2018

You’ve Got Chips – Oven-Fried

You’ve Got Chips – Oven-Fried
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Decided to make potato chips today (or crisps as they are referred to in the UK). The hardest part of this recipe was getting the slices of potato even and consistent in size. You see, I don’t have a mandolin….. yet. I know I’ve lamented about this on past posts. You wouldn’t want to know
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19 June, 2018

Anytime Is Cookie Time – Especially Pistachio Cookies

Anytime Is Cookie Time – Especially Pistachio Cookies
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Pistachio – what an odd name for a crazy little nut. According to Wikipedia, the pistachio is a member of the cashew family originating from Central Asia and the Middle East.  Pistachios are a nutritionally dense food. They have quite a few amazing health benefits. And are an excellent source of good fat, fiber, antioxidants,
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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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12 June, 2018

Modern Day Rock Stars – Salt

Modern Day Rock Stars – Salt
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  Who knew that salt would become a trendy “seasoning?” Back in the day, it was primarily used on food or in recipes to bring out a little essence. Salt came in two varieties – iodized or non-iodized. However, today there is an abundance of choices of flavors and textures of salt available, and I’m fascinated
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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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5 June, 2018

Bob’s Red Mill Cooking Class – French Macarons

Bob’s Red Mill Cooking Class – French Macarons
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When you love cooking as much as I do, you can imagine I also enjoy a good cooking class from time-to-time. In fact, when we travel there is always at least 2-3 cooking classes on the agenda (or more if I can squeeze them in). I love to see other cook’s processes to create a
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