Christina’s Food and Travel

Figgy Pudding or Figgy Jam?

One of the time-honored carols of the season is “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Have you ever really paid attention to the words past the …

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Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

  December is all about the holidays. Family traditions, office and neighborhood parties, religious ceremonies of all varieties are sprinkled throughout the month, and most attached to gift …

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Wine Tasting Etiquette Is Like Kindergarten

Surprisingly, this post is not about food, but about my other love, wine.  Oregon is well known for its wine country and has a respectable showing …

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Stuff That Mushroom

Stuffed mushrooms used to be the go-to appetizer at one time. This fungi delicacy has been around since the late 19th century or early 20th century, depending on the …

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Instant Pot® Not So Instant Chili

I’m probably one of the last cooks in America that have resisted buying and using the Instant Pot®. I really don’t have a reason or justification for …

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Million Dollar Herbed Breadsticks

  It is a beautiful fall afternoon, a crisp breeze whips through the air, the last of the colorful leaves fall from the trees. Hubby has abandoned me and …

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Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

November is the month that signals the holidays are here. Food seems to be the central focus of the winter holidays. Well for a foodie like …

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The Bean Identity – Fava Bean Puree

  The food of Italy never disappoints this Italian, especially when visiting the southern regions where my family roots can be found. After a day of …

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Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta

The traditional Italian dish “pasta e fagioli” translates to “pasta and beans.” And that’s just what I’m cooking! Cannellini or white beans are the common beans …

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Say Cheese! Scalloped Potatoes

  A potato side-dish complements almost any meat, chicken, or fish meal. This simple version of cheesy scalloped potatoes are not only great for a “big …

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The Bread Poets Society – Easy Loaf of Bread

One of life’s pleasures (well at least I think so) is breathing in the luscious aromas of freshly baked bread. That’s why bakeries are so popular, …

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Muffin Top? Not With Apple Oat Muffins

Sporadic rain showers are hitting the northwest and it just seemed like a good day to bake. I’m finishing up the last few recipes for the …

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