14 August, 2018

Italian Style Sangria

Italian Style Sangria
Tags: , , , , ,

A hot August afternoon, a gathering of friends, and wine. Sounds like the perfect combination to me. Since it was a very hot day, I wanted to lighten things up and make a cooler wine choice. I contemplated serving a crisp chilled white or rose wine but ultimately decided to try making an Italian style
Read more…

27 July, 2018

Junior Chef Creates Blueberry Swirl Rollup

Junior Chef Creates Blueberry Swirl Rollup
Comments: 6
Tags: , , , , ,

We interrupt our scheduled zucchini recipe series to insert one more blueberry delight. I can hear the sighs of relief from around the globe. 🙂 Hubby was out in the garden pulling the last of the blueberries from the plants along with our bonus grand Ellie and I decided we needed to make something in
Read more…

21 November, 2017

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Of My Eye – Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Picture this, a woman dressed up in a 50’s style shirtwaist dress, crisply ironed apron tied neatly around her waist, nylons, and heels complete the outfit, maybe pearls around her neck. The aroma of cinnamon and apple pie drifting through the kitchen while an electric coffee pot pumps out a dark brown liquid in the background. The
Read more…

10 November, 2017

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig

Puff The Magic Pinwheel With Pistachios. Parmesan, And Fig
Comments: 7
Tags: , , , , , , ,

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
Read more…

7 November, 2017

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs

Close Encounters Of The Stuffed Figs
Comments: 1
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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
Read more…

3 November, 2017

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter

True Lies – Apple Butter Is Not Really Butter
Comments: 1
Tags: , , ,

I confess – I love watching cooking videos and shows. (What did you think I was going to confess to? No need to comment on that!) I could become addicted to these cooking adventures that are so readily available to watch day and night, so I restrict myself to just one or two (okay maybe
Read more…

28 August, 2017

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Portland area is in the midst of another heat wave with temps over 90 degrees. Best way to cool off? In my opinion, ice cream! Well, yeah there is air conditioning and hanging out in a pool of water, but of course, everything equates to food with me, so ice cream was the first
Read more…

7 April, 2017

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack

Tutti Frutti Chips – A Healthy Snack
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

In 1955 Little Richard recorded a song “Tutti Frutti” that became his first major hit record. The recording has been said to be “the sound of the birth of rock and roll.” Hopefully these tutti frutti chips will be a major hit in your kitchen. Tutti Frutti means “all fruit” in Italian. Yes, these healthy chips are all
Read more…

21 January, 2017

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto
Tags: , , , , , ,

It seems like a lot of foods I’ve been cooking lately turn out “brown”. They don’t make eye-appealing or tempting pictures for a blog even though they are flavorful. Sometimes I wish that blogs could emit the aromas that fill the house when cooking these recipes. You know, kind of like the scratch and sniff
Read more…

20 January, 2017

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yes, eggplant is a fruit. It’s considered a cousin to the apple. In fact, in Italian, melanzana was interpreted as mela insana ‘crazy apple’, and that translates into English as mad apple. In 13th century Italian traditional folklore, the eggplant was believed to cause insanity. And yet it is a food that is used a lot in Italian cuisine. No comments
Read more…