9 October, 2018

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question

Ketchup Or Tomato Juice? That Is The Question
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Believe it or not, this recipe started out to be tomato juice and ended up as ketchup. Do things like that ever happen in your kitchen? An example of another instance like this was a few years ago when I was making pasta that turned out to be dog biscuits. It’s a stretch I know
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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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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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5 August, 2018

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, & Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, & Tomato Salad
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Cooking truly “in season” can be challenging sometimes but in today’s world grocery stores can supply fruits and vegetables from other states or countries year around. We would all like fresh tomatoes in January sometimes, right? However, you will notice that the best flavor of fruits and vegetables is when they really are “in season” and
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2 February, 2018

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Italian Minutes (Cinque Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take five Italian minutes to check out my five favorites this month. You might find some interesting tidbits and fun facts.  Canned tomato taste test. Canned tomatoes any time of year are essential to my cooking, but especially in the winter months when fresh tomatoes are not available in the garden just outside my kitchen
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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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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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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25 August, 2017

Fifty Shades Of Color In Summer Garden Vegetables

Fifty Shades Of Color In Summer Garden Vegetables
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The fruits of our labor are coming to fruition ( a play on words? I think so!). And the rich colors of ripe vegetables are so vibrant at this time of year. With summer winding down and cooler air drifting in, it’s time to finish the summer harvest. I’m giving out CGS (Christina’s Garden Share) baskets
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3 July, 2017

Just A Little Bit Corny Grilled Salad

Just A Little Bit Corny Grilled Salad
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Corn on the cob is abundant in the summer in most areas of the US. My hubby is such a traditionalist when it comes to corn on the cob. Boil it or grill it – that’s the only two ways he will eat it. And slathered in butter, of course. He was over-the-top thrilled when
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16 February, 2017

Fiddler On The Roof – A Little Bit of This & That

Fiddler On The Roof – A Little Bit of This & That
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Do you ever have those days when you feel like you are trying to balance a thousand things on top of a high-pitched roof? With construction going on in the kitchen for a week now, I feel like I’m headed to the rooftop to fiddle. Loved the movie Fiddler On The Roof and to take the
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