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Tips for Eating in Italy

Summertime means travel time for many people and with the dollar strong against the Euro right now, it is an ideal time to visit Italy. One of the things to look forward to is of course the food, local, regional food. Where to eat can seem like a daunting task, given the …

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Cauliflower Is In

Cauliflower is the new in veggie for 2015 so make the most of it; start by making this spicy cauliflower and anchovy sauce for pasta.Steam two cups of the florets and set aside. In a large sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil, add 1 minced onion and 1 minc…

Remember To Give Thanks

Memorial Day is a time to pause to honor those who have given the full measure of love for their country and a reminder for us to never forget the price of freedom. I’ll start the commemoration like so many others at the Memorial Day parade. What could be more patri…

Not Your Mother’s Baked Beans

Baked beans are predictable and a much loved Boston tradition; after all, the city is known as “Bean Town.” Don't get me wrong; I love baked beans but sometimes it’s good to mix things up a little and that is what happened when I did a clean sweep of the…

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Something For Your Sweet Mom

Show mom a little baking love and present her something good and sweet to have with tea or coffee, like these mini cobblers. Mix up any kind of fruit (I used blackberries, rhubarb, raspberries and apples, one cup each), and added a pinch of salt, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoo…

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A Cake To Honor Mom

Chiffon cakes were popular in the fifties and sixties. There is no butter in them; oil gives the cake moistness instead. Egg whites and baking powder provide the leavening. Chiffon cakes differ from sponge cakes in that a sponge cake has no oil or butter and relies on egg…

The Thighs The Limit

Oh, yes, many cooks are discovering the merits of cooking with chicken thighs; they are very versatile and take to stewing, roasting, pan frying and my favorite way to have them, barbecued. They can make a really quick and tasty meal. To grill them, start the day before a…

Celebrity Food

Fame is fleeting...we all get that. And so it is with food as well. Say goodbye  to kale, which had a good, long run and is still kicking it up a bit with the juicing crowd, and say hello to avocados. They are in the spotlight now as a super healthy pick as a heart h…

Brussels Sprouts and Leek Casserole

This fabulous Brussels sprouts and leek casserole is my go to casserole for fall and winter cooking. Sweet tasting and velvety smooth, even Brussels sprouts doubters will love this. Brussels Sprouts and Leek CasseroleServes 6-82 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil2 large l…

East Meets West

Have you tried Thai eggplant? I saw them in an Asian grocery store and they were so cute looking that I had to try them. I usually think of eggplant as an Italian veggie but eggplants are thought to have originated in Asia. The Thai variety, one of the smallest of the spe…

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