14 August, 2018

Italian Style Sangria

Italian Style Sangria
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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
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23 June, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday
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I admit, summer has taken my attention away from cooking. The mornings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood,  followed by water aerobics. (Today I spotted two hot air balloons drifting by.) The garden then needs weeding and harvesting early veggies like sugar snap peas and fava beans. Planning for our trip to Italy
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10 April, 2017

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

Limoncello + Ricotta = Italian Limoncello Ricotta Cookies
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Limoncello and ricotta are two things I make quite often. On the rare occasion when I make both on the same day, well, I just have to make something like these limoncello ricotta cookies.  Cookies are my kryptonite. You can have your pies and cakes, I’m a cookie lover. It’s all I can do to
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26 December, 2016

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone

French Toast Italian Style With Panettone
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  Christmas is over, now what? … do you do with all the leftovers? Let’s start with dessert… panettone to be exact. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover panettone is Italian style French toast. I just substitute slices of panettone for white bread.  Great served with leftover orange salad. It’s definitely not
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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13 December, 2016

Holiday Cocktails Even “Mad Men” Would Love

Holiday Cocktails Even “Mad Men” Would Love
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My hubby and I were out to dinner with friends about 40+ years ago (I was 12 when we married – JK) and we had a very entertaining waitress. I don’t think she meant to be entertaining, it just turned out that way. The waitress greeted us and asked if we would like something to drink.
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28 September, 2016

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello

When You Have Lemons, Make Limoncello
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Italians love their liqueurs. Limoncello is one of my favorites. Several times a year I make a few batches for myself, friends and neighbors. Fall is a great time to make Limoncello to have on hand for the holidays and giving as gifts. My recipe is from Southern Italy, the Sorrento area. If you like to
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22 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 9 – Tuscany Adventure

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Greetings from the Tuscany area. Today was a travel day. Up early and on the train to San Gimignano by 7:00 am. I have to stop for a minute though and tell you this trip that we asked for and Antimo/Voomago planned for us is more than we could have ever conceived. From the pick-up
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