23 January, 2017

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes
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Looking for a substitute for a beef burger? Vegetarian choice? Gluten free? Lighter fare? This recipe fits all the requirements and they whip up in a matter of minutes.  Chickpeas are such a versatile bean. Check out You Don’t Know Beans for more information and additional recipes. When I make these again, I might add a little more
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21 January, 2017

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto

Eggplant Part Deux – Risotto
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It seems like a lot of foods I’ve been cooking lately turn out “brown”. They don’t make eye-appealing or tempting pictures for a blog even though they are flavorful. Sometimes I wish that blogs could emit the aromas that fill the house when cooking these recipes. You know, kind of like the scratch and sniff
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20 January, 2017

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant

The Misunderstood Fruit – Eggplant
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Yes, eggplant is a fruit. It’s considered a cousin to the apple. In fact, in Italian, melanzana was interpreted as mela insana ‘crazy apple’, and that translates into English as mad apple. In 13th century Italian traditional folklore, the eggplant was believed to cause insanity. And yet it is a food that is used a lot in Italian cuisine. No comments
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11 January, 2017

Zucchini Waffles – Don’t Knock Them Until You Try Them

Zucchini Waffles – Don’t Knock Them Until You Try Them
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January sparks organization activities for many people. Reorganizing kitchen cabinets is usually a popular one. But don’t put that waffle maker away just yet. There are many foods you can cook with it – really. In fact I was reading an article about a mother who was trying to get her children to eat dinner.
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8 January, 2017

The Fennel Fell In Love With An Orange

The Fennel Fell In Love With An Orange
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Italians have had a love affair with fennel (finocchio) dating back to before the 17th century, when they served it at the end of a meal sprinkled with salt (believed to aid in digestion).  Other people have a love/hate relationship with fennel — I think because it can have a strong flavor. It is sometimes
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6 January, 2017

I Wanted To Cook A Few Vegetables, Wait For It……

I Wanted To Cook A Few Vegetables, Wait For It……
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Roasted vegetables are a popular dish any time of year. It’s as easy as cutting up vegetables, sprinkling with salt and pepper, and drizzling a little olive oil. I had some broccoli and zucchini to cook and I wanted to try something new. I have also been on a quest to find vegetables we don’t
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16 December, 2016

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”
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Minestrone is one of the soup staples of Italian families. The word originated from Minestra which means to dish up or serve. It is considered a “big soup” and is actually a large vegetable soup that reflects both seasonal and regional variations. There is no set recipe for minestrone. Due to its unique origins and
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11 December, 2016

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner

Pot Roast For An Easy Dinner
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Shopping, decorating, and baking…. this is a busy time of year for most, no matter what or how you celebrate. This dinner is a one-pot meal that you can fix in the morning and forget until dinner time. I have to warn you though, the aromas of the meat and vegetables cooking will permeate the house.
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5 December, 2016

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish

Peppers & Onions – A Favorite Italian Side Dish
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Holiday parties are filling our calendars at this time of year and potlucks are a common menu for many. You may have had this dictate the food to share: if  your last name begins with A-J bring a main dish, K-R bring a vegetable, S-Z bring a dessert. While I’m fine with bringing any assigned food dishes,
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15 November, 2016

Honey I Ate The Butternut Squash…… With Cranberries And Feta

Honey I Ate The Butternut Squash…… With Cranberries And Feta
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Side dishes for meals and especially special holidays are like the step-child of the dinner. Everyone is focused on the turkey, ham, or roast, and the vegetable side dish is an afterthought. So trying to create a tasty side dish that can hold its own with the main dish or “star” of the meal has always
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