3 July, 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 topics focus on garden safety, properly washing produce, the many uses of cinnamon, new uses for pasta, and threats to 10 foods with climate change.    Pet Safe Garden – We all want to keep our pets safe year round, however, with summer gardens in full swing, this blog has some
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29 June, 2018

Panelle – Sicilian Street Food – Chickpea & Veggie Fritters

Panelle – Sicilian Street Food – Chickpea & Veggie Fritters
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The food carts in Sicily that we encountered on our trips are so different than those found in the US, yet so similar. We’re not food cart aficionados usually, but when in Rome…  Actually, there are a lot of food carts in the Portland metro area that are quite sought-after. My favorite is the cart called
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22 June, 2018

You’ve Got Chips – Oven-Fried

You’ve Got Chips – Oven-Fried
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Decided to make potato chips today (or crisps as they are referred to in the UK). The hardest part of this recipe was getting the slices of potato even and consistent in size. You see, I don’t have a mandolin….. yet. I know I’ve lamented about this on past posts. You wouldn’t want to know
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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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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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18 May, 2018

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta

Sicilian Caponata Marries Pasta
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One of my favorite things to do is to take cooking classes. Shocker I know. What I love about taking a class is learning new cooking techniques or ingredient combinations or secrets from other chefs that make them successful in presenting a meal, or, or, or….  So when I was in Sicily a few years
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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13 April, 2018

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad

When Harry Met Salad – Quinoa Vegetable Salad
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Some movies are destined to become popular and ultimately classics that live on in the minds of movie goers. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of those classics that is revisited every Christmas time and quotes from the movie are shared over and over. “When Harry Met Sally” is another movie that falls into the
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23 March, 2018

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!

It’s A Cabbage… It’s A Flower… It’s A Cauliflower!
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Have you ever experienced the odor from a cauliflower field when it’s past its prime? A farm near our house hadn’t cleared the fields and let the cauliflower disintegrate on the vine. Ohh the smell was awful!! I even avoided the streets that bordered that field so I wouldn’t get the rotten field stench. It kept
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16 February, 2018

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice

A Bed of Vegetables Instead of Rice Is Nice
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Cooking in season is a goal of mine. Winter vegetables are so hearty and nutritious. I enjoy adding them to my recipes in the winter time specifically, and year around when I can find them grown locally (if I’m not growing them in my garden). Today’s recipe features butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, 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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19 January, 2018

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings

… Three Potato, Four… Fingerlings
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National Potato Day is August 19th by some sources like The Punchbowl and October 27th by others like Foodimentary. Foodimentary’s website is dedicated to National Food Holidays and is a fun read. It starts with January 1 being National Bloody Mary Day, well at least that’s where I started. A few Bloody Mary’s later… oops,
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