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The Smell of Sunday Dinner, Italian Style

Some things are sacred. Like the smell of Sunday dinner taking shape even before you have had your second cup of morning coffee. That’s the way it used to be in a lot of Italian homes. I remember the smell of onions hitting the pan as I woke up, my mother and grandm…

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Super Bowl Peperoni Sticks

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and of course there will be lots of food. Why not make some of the fun to eat . Super Bowl Peperoni SticksMakes 12 1 package prepared pizza dough, divided into 12 equal pieces1 cup thinly sliced pepperoni12 thin slices salami1- ½ cu…

Mixed Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A mixed grilled chees sandwich gets new life with the addition of sliced apples. It's what’s for lunch today! Mixed Grilled Cheese SandwichMakes 2 Sandwiches 4 slices whole grain bread or bread of your choice4 tablespoons butter, softened1-cup grated Swiss cheese1…

Cream of Mushroom Soup

I don’t get it. Cream of mushroom soup in a can? . It has been the quintessential ingredient for the holiday green bean casserole. It is also considered a crucial ingredient for tuna noodle casserole and its flavor is in a word ghastly! Condensed, canned cream of m…

Hungry for Hunter Style Chicken?

Chicken alla cacciatore…who has not had it at sometime or another. It’s culinary roots come from the word cacciatore which means hunter style and was probably a dish enjoyed by hunters in the Italian countryside. There are so many versions of it that it would …

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Five Ways To Use Acorn Squash

Make a velvety tasting soup. Cut the squash in half and bake cut side down in a covered pan. When really soft, remove the flesh and place in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In a soup pot cook 2 finely minced  leeks in 2 ta…

Potato Leek Soup

Serves 6 to 8 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes2 tablespoons butter3 large leeks, bulb part only thinly sliced2 whole bay leaves4 cups chicken broth1 cup buttermilk½ cup coconut milkSalt to tasteGrinding of fresh nutmeg Microwave the potatoes until cooked; cool, peel and…

The Overdone Veggies of 2016

1)   Cauliflower has been the snowy white, purple, green and orange darling of the year; cooked like rice, seared like a steak and pulverized into soups, It needs a rest. 2)   Avocado; sure it’s a heartthrob used to make guacamole, cakes, browni…

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Not Your Ordinary Elbow Macaroni Casserole

There are so many commonly prepared and predictable tasting macaroni casseroles and then comes along this impressive and fun to make timballo di maccarun. Timballo is a word that means drum, and in this case, a beautifully molded casserole made in a spring form pan to giv…

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Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

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