9 November, 2018

Instant Pot® Not So Instant Chili

Instant Pot® Not So Instant Chili
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I’m probably one of the last cooks in America that have resisted buying and using the Instant Pot®. I really don’t have a reason or justification for not running to the store to buy the newest craze in this kitchen appliance when it came out a few years ago. I was just unenthused. A few friends purchased
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10 August, 2018

Hot August Night – Tomato Vegetable Gazpacho

Hot August Night – Tomato Vegetable Gazpacho
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This soup is an oldie but a goodie – one that I used to make a long time ago in the early years of marriage. It is easy to make and budget friendly, which was as important in those days as it is today. I pulled this old recipe out of the archives, dusted it
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20 March, 2018

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters

6 Bean, 8 Bean, 10 Bean Soup For All You Beancounters
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Bean soup – how basic can it be? Well, that’s what I like about this recipe – it can be as basic as you want it, or by adding more ingredients and/or exotic beans, you can change the complexity and depth of the flavors.  I first learned of this soup recipe from Emily Barnes. She
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2 March, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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This month’s Five Favorites includes edible cutlery, kitchen gadgets you can live without but wouldn’t want to, secrets for making a healthy soup, make-ahead dinner recipes, and an entertaining “Build Your Library” quiz.    Edible cutlery. No more washing forks and spoons. You can just eat them! Check this out from Zinc. They believe everyone can change
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9 February, 2018

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup
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Busy day? Want something warm and tasty to serve for dinner? This recipe might be just what you’re looking for and is relatively fuss-free.  Every once in a while we get a craving for Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was abundant, Mexican restaurants were popular, and ingredients were easy to find
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12 January, 2018

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup

Layers Of An Onion – Onion Soup
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According to Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader:  “Onions are edible bulbs with stalks that grow a couple of feet above ground. Members of the onion family include leeks, scallions, garlic, shallots and chives. Onions were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and believed that their round shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Roman gladiators were rubbed down
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8 December, 2017

Eat This Poem, A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew

Eat This Poem,  A Literary Feast. Italian Beef Stew
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I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. “Eat This Poem” by Nicole Gulotta. Nicole is a woman who thinks so similar to me – relating life and experiences to food; and in her book… recipes inspired by poems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this
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1 December, 2017

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup
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  Tomato soup – mmm, mmm good, as the Campbell Soup commercial boasts. And truly if you like tomatoes at all, tomato soup on a cool afternoon or evening is like a comfort food (especially to those of us who grew up back in the 50’s and 60’s). It was the soup I requested most
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27 October, 2017

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul
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The news program we watch in the morning for the weather and sports led off with a human interest story about comfort food. This time of year (Fall) it’s soup, stew, and chowder season ( depending on where in the country or world you live). And what is one of the most popular comfort foods?
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10 October, 2017

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz
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I’m getting on my Soup Box today to talk about this scrumptious vegetable soup. It’s uber healthy for starters. It’s an easy way to use up the garden vegetable surplus (has reality hit yet that you planted one too many zucchini plants this year?). It can be adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan and
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1 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour
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Woke up this morning literally with a very cold shower. Apparently last night there was a gas leak in the apartment building and the gas was turned off at some point. Even though Antimo got up and turned it back on, I wasn’t able to get any warm water. Oh well, I moved a little
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9 February, 2017

Pistou To You!

Pistou To You!
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“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George captured my attention this week and filled my time reading a wonderfully delightful story of Monsieur Perdu a “literary apothecary” who prescribes novels for the hardships of life from his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine. He has a talent for choosing the exact book a reader needs
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