28 September, 2018

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lunch at our house often turns out to be a repurposing of last night’s dinner. Hubby is not a fan of leftovers so I have to be creative to make the meal appealing a second time around.  Let’s start with the pasta element of this salad. You do save cooked pasta don’t you? Or is
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18 September, 2018

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You

Top Secret Pasta Sauce – If I Tell You, I Might Have To K… You
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Sunday is sauce day in a typical Italian family’s house. My grandmother followed that tradition for many years. It was expected that we had Sunday dinner with pasta and freshly made sauce. You didn’t want to mess with Italian tradition or my grandmother.  The family sauce recipe is closely guarded amongst Italians. Most will not
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14 September, 2018

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup

Chop’in Broccoli, Chop’in Brocco-la, Chop’in Brocco-laaa Soup
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Are you familiar with the song that Dana Carvey sang called “The Lady I Know?” For some reason that song was rolling around in my head as I was creating this recipe. It’s really a spoof of a song and mainly just repeats the lyrics “Chop’in broccoli.” Most people think of the song as the
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28 August, 2018

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – Zucchini NOT Included

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – Zucchini NOT Included
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Summer is winding down, and I don’t think I’ve ever been looking forward to a cool rainy afternoon as much as this year. It was one hot summer here in the Northwest. Now maybe I noticed it a bit more this year because I literally spent at least one-half of every day cooking. This year
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24 August, 2018

Another Summer Salad – Beans, Tomato, & Tuna

Another Summer Salad – Beans, Tomato, & Tuna
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The summer season does have an impact on my blogging. I’d rather be in the garden admiring and/or harvesting the vegetables, or sitting under the shade of the gazebo reading a book, or taking a walk in our neighborhood where the water features and ponds are lush this time of year, or wine tasting and
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17 August, 2018

A Grainy Experience – Barley & Edamame Salad With Red Pepper Sauce

A Grainy Experience – Barley & Edamame Salad With Red Pepper Sauce
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Adding grains into salads kicks it up a notch in my book. Farro is a favorite grain that works well in salads. I learned how to make a great Farro salad in Vinci, Italy. I was all set to send you to a link in my blog with this salad adventure and realized that I
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7 August, 2018

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini

Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Zucchini
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Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature song of “Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire” was playing in the background. What a song to get you pumped up and motivated. Since I was going to be cooking zucchini AGAIN, I needed some motivation! I had 13 zucchini in the fridge, neighbors and friends were avoiding me when I
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20 July, 2018

The Fast And The Fabulous Vegetable Slaw Salad

The Fast And The Fabulous Vegetable Slaw Salad
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Do you ever wonder what to do with the vegetables that are left after serving a vegetable platter? I hosted book club last month and after everyone left I had a few veggies that needed to be repurposed for another meal so I had to think of something. What I realized, is using the ingredients
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10 July, 2018

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style

Green Bean and Potato Salad – Italian Style
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Summer season is salad season in our house. Salads just taste better in summer. You can’t get ingredients fresher than picking off the vine in a backyard garden or picking them up at a local farmer’s market. Even the vegetables in the local grocery stores seem to carry fresher veggies this time of year.  When
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15 June, 2018

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!

Let The Zucchini Recipes Begin… Again!
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I love the time of year when the vegetable garden is in high production. Neighbors are scoping out each other’s gardens and comparing the size of their zucchini plants (…among other things). When we first moved to Oregon we were aghast that zucchini would not grow in our yard. For years the plants did nothing
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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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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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