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Thanksgiving Gravy

Turkey is king of the table on Thanksgiving and other holidays but don’t overlook making a delicious gravy to go with it. This one can be made a couple of days ahead of time and reheated when needed.Sherry Infused GravyMakes about 3 cups 1 tablespoon butter¼…

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Do The Mashed Potatoes…

Thanksgiving. It is a mere few weeks away and our thoughts turn to that annual family dinner gathering. The dilemma is what to serve for sides along with the bronzed to perfection turkey. I think we try too hard to do the impossible. Many will search the Internet and scou…

Designer Pumpkins

Oh, don't we know it is pumpkin season! The barista making pumpkin lattes, bakeries selling spice flavored pumpkin donuts and muffins, fields of the deep orange globes dotting the countryside, and neighborhood homes all decked out with pumpkins and Indian corn at the door…

The Right Stuff

Over the years I have tinkered with the classic Roman dish spaghetti alla Carbonara. It requires just a few ingredients but the right technique. We are talking about eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, coarse black pepper and guanciale, cured pigs cheek as the sauce. These are …

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Postcard from Italy

I am just back from Italy and am still reeling over all the beauty of this country, even though I have been so many times before. Tuscany is a magnet for many travelers and Florence is a must, the center of Renaissance culture with eye-popping art at every turn. I never g…

The Right Stuff (For Pizza)

Today in National Pepperoni Pizza Day but no one will be celebrating or eating it in Italy unless of course the topping is peppers because that is what peperoni means in Italian. Pepperoni pizza is an Italian American invention. Neapolitans take making pizza seriously, be…

An Apple A Day

It’s apple season with a dizzying selection of varieties from Gala to Cortland, Pippin, Honey Crisp and the list goes on. Visit a local apple orchard and check out the choices. Be careful though to choose the right apple for baking as opposed to eating. Honey Crisp …

The Not Guilty Case for Whole Wheat Pasta

The whole grain and nothing but the grain, that’s what makes whole wheat pasta better than its pale white pasta cousin. Whole grains contain all the nutrients found in the grain including the bran, germ and endosperm. These nutrients are stripped away in white pasta…

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Soup Savvy

Never made soup? There are no rules and the process could not be simpler. And if your soup savvy extends to canned varieties, I hope you’ll read the fine print on the back of the label because many of them serve up mega doses of salt. In my house soup takes shape a…

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Goodbye Summer

The waning days of summer are here. Days are getting shorter, ads for back to school are everywhere and home gardens are at their last hurrah. For me that is the signal to sweep the garden clean of as many vegetables as possible and put them by as they say for future use.…

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