19 November, 2016

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!

Pasta For Breakfast? Sure!
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Italians like to make sure nothing goes to waste in the fridge.  When it comes to cooking, we use ingredients in different and non-traditional ways at times. Take, for instance, pasta for breakfast. Growing up I didn’t think anything of it, after all, my uncle owned and operated a pasta factory. When his son was
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14 November, 2016

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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A recipe for success on a cold rainy day in Oregon: meatballs! And who knew there was a movie by the name of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The movie is about a scientist who is thought of as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky, meatballs
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13 November, 2016

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!

Stuff it! Ever Tried Stuffed Shells? Divine!
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It was time to make fresh ricotta and I hadn’t really planned how I was going to use it. My husband told me to “stuff it”, and I assumed he meant stuffed pasta. He could have meant something else entirely, but thought I’d go with stuffed pasta for the sake of our marriage.  What some of you
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30 October, 2016

Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage
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I have been watching Pasquale Sciarappa Italian cooking videos lately. When I found myself watching Pasquale hour after hour, I realized I’m addicted. And since I have at least another month of inactivity due to back injury, I may need to find a recovery group. 🙂  My hubby pried me away from the YouTube long
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26 October, 2016

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast

4 Different Meals With One Pork Roast
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I love a bargain! When our local grocery store had pork shoulder/butt roast on sale I had to buy one, well, the price was so good, I bought two. One went immediately into the freezer and I used the other to make up a few meals. Here is the results: four different meals from a 3
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24 October, 2016

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage

Primitivo Risotto With Sausage
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When I travel I always take a cooking class or two, or three. It’s so much fun to learn from people in other areas of the world. Last year when I was in Southern Italy (Manduria) I had a unique experience while visiting the home of local residents with Antimo, an experiential guide and travel
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20 October, 2016

Stuffed Pasta

Stuffed Pasta
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I had some fresh ricotta leftover after making the Zeppole the other day, and it was National Pasta Day on the 17th of October (thought I’d mention it just in case you missed it), so decided to use the ricotta to stuff into rigatoni type pasta for dinner. Here’s a quick dinner recipe for you!  

19 October, 2016

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole

Ricotta puffs aka Zeppole
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I was motived to make this recipe for several reasons. One, I had milk and cream that needed to be used and I hadn’t made ricotta yet this week. Two, my husband has been asking me to make him doughnut holes. And three, I saw this recipe by The Cottage Market blog and just had
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16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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12 October, 2016

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup
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There is a crispness to the air as we watch the landscape transition from the lush vegetation of summer to the beauty of fall. As we adjust to the changes in nature, we also adjust some of our food choices. So out come the soup, stew, and chili recipes. A steaming pot of soup is something to look
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11 October, 2016

Rustic Italian Bread

Rustic Italian Bread
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There’s nothing better than a hunk of really good bread with a meal. One of my favorite memories of my Italian grandfather was watching him sop up juices from meat, or remnants of pasta sauce with bread. He truly savored those last bites of the meal. When my Italian grandmother (and her 13 brothers and sisters)
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10 October, 2016

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna
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Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class in Italy? When we travel to Italy we make sure there are several cooking classes included in our itinerary. We visited Bologna, Italy last year and had a great day learning how to make tortellini, tortelloni (bigger tortellini), and tagliatelle. We started at Emanuele and Elania’s
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