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Lucky Leftovers

Thanksgiving is not really over in my house until all the leftovers are gone. Scouring the refrigerator, there was still plenty of food to choose from so I decided a turkey pot pie was in order. I diced the leftover turkey along with the carrots and parsnips; there were m…

Ten Cookie Baking Tips

Now that the holiday mode is here (it gets earlier every year) maybe it is time for you to think about your holiday cookies. I start my baking early to ensure that I am not a mad woman by December and make cookies that are long keepers and can be made ahead and frozen. It…

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Pulling off Thanksgiving Day dinner for family and friends can be stressful. Especially if you are worried about how to manage everything being cooked at the right time and whether or not you should stuff the bird with your family’s heirloom stuffing recipe or just …

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Thanksgiving Butternut Squash Soup

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you're not in charge of making the turkey, you're probably in charge of bringing a side dish. While everyone has their favorite mashed potatoes or green bean recipes, why not bring something a little bit different this year?…

Fall into Fall Cooking

It was inevitable. The first frost is on the pumpkin and my cooking habits have changed. I have abandoned the grill for the oven and hearty, slow cooked foods. I like the comforting smells wafting through the house that slow cooking imparts. Case in point, oven cooked bee…

For the Love of Soup!

I made squash soup today using the Italian varieties we planted this past summer; you can also use butternut squash. I started thinking as I made it about just how much a bowl of soup like this would cost when you consider the planting, watering, harvesting, prepping and …

Pass The Pasta

National Pasta Day took place this Wednesday, but truth be told, the month of October has always been dedicated to this iconic food loved around the world. Just recently I spent some time in the Piedmont region, northwest Italy and the pasta is in a league of its own. Ty…

Turin: The Chocoholic's Dream Destination

One of the most fascinating things I did on my recent trip to Piedmont was visit the city of Turin, the first capital of Italy. Ironically not too many make Turin a tourist destination and that is really too bad. This elegant city is often called the Paris of Italy with i…

Pumpkin Pride

The symbol of city of Mantua in northern Lombardy is not some fierce looking lion or regal eagle. No, Mantua is proud to have zucca (pumpkin) as the protagonist of its culinary heritage and tortelli di zucca ( pasta stuffed with pumpkin) as its most famous dish. This lea…

Something’s Fishy

A recent article in the New York Times makes me think that I am a fish out of water when it comes to buying fresh fish. It seems that according to a recent report by Oceana, a ocean conservation group, 1 in 5 seafood samples of fish is fake, meaning mislabeled. Much of th…

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