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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1 June, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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“June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of fewer than 31 days. June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the
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29 May, 2018

A Lovely Bunch Of Coconut Macaroons

A Lovely Bunch Of Coconut Macaroons
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Macaroons have long been a favorite of mine but I don’t make them because of the obvious – I’d eat them! I’m the only person in this household that likes macaroons, so I would have the opportunity to eat the whole batch. Sharing these coconut delights with neighbors and friends is an option, but a
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25 May, 2018

To Dip Or Not To Dip – Chocolate Espresso Sauce

To Dip Or Not To Dip – Chocolate Espresso Sauce
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  Might you think this is a caffeine jolting chocolate sauce? I would if I saw the ingredients. Since caffeine doesn’t affect me like it does so many other people, I’m probably not a great judge of the impact the caffeine in this recipe may have. Espresso combined with chocolate….. Let’s start with why this recipe
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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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18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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15 May, 2018

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Much Ado About Muffins – Zucchini Banana Flaxseed Muffins
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Who says healthy recipes can’t be tasty and easy to make? And don’t let the flaxseed in this recipe scare you away. My “I don’t eat muffins, especially healthy ones” hubby ate a bunch of these. Did I tell him they were a healthy version and contained zucchini? No! I’m not stupid! Of course, I
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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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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4 May, 2018

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo

Cinco (Five) Black Bean Tacos For Cinco de Mayo
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Growing up in Southern California and living most of my life less than two hours from the Mexican border I was exposed to good Mexican food. Mexican restaurants are abundant in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  When we moved to Oregon a little over ten years ago I realized that good Mexican food
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1 May, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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It’s the fifth month of the year already?! Spring is spreading across the nation, grass growing, and flowers peeking out from winter. And, as happens every month, another five favorites to share. A few videos, recipes, entertainment, and healthful tips make up this month’s featured favs.     Beginner meatloaf. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, this recipe
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