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Meringue Lemon Curd Sundae? Why Not.

Got egg whites? Meringues are the easiest and most exotic dessert to make with egg whites.  Meringhe (meringues) are an Italian favorite, and big, wispy, puffs of them are always piled high in pastry shop windows. It is believed that they were invented in the Swiss t…

Summer Bread Salad

Now that warmer weather is here, cool summer salads are making a comeback. One unique Italian salad is called panzanella because it is made with stale bread that sits and soaks up the juices flavors of the salad ingredients. Panzanella means "bread in a swamp" and is popu…

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Heart Beet

Beets. Now there is a topic for culinary discussion because they are either loved or hated and if you grew up eating  canned beets, you know what I mean. I would venture to bet that beets do not make it to the top ten list of all time favorite vegetables. Too bad bec…

A Day To Remember

Memorial Day is first and foremost, a day to honor all those who have served our country We don't know them all but we owe them all. The holiday is especially important this year because remembering those who served on the front lines of conflicts of years gone by or reme…

Where’s The Beef?

It seems we are about to have shortages of beef and pork as the virus shuts down some meat packing plants across America and that can spell dismay for all those summer backyard grill-fests we had planned. Most popular cuts like steaks, ribs, chops and ground meat might …

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Eat Well

Lately, a lot of people have been talking about the "Corona 15,"  meaning putting on a few pounds while we are all under lockdown and distress. It’s true that more people are cooking and baking then ever before and that is a good thing. But boredom or the same …

Go Bananas

What’s this obsession with everybody bonding over baking banana bread all of a sudden?  It’s the talk of social media, the latest comfort food and the new darling of the carb culture. But why banana bread? What about cranberry bread, applesauce bread and …

Three in One Chicken

The wafting smell of a store-bought rotisserie roasted chicken in the back of my car, kept me salivating all the way home from the grocery store. I had plans for that bird. Carved into slices and served with baked potatoes and green beans would be supper and what was left…

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You Can Always Count On Zucchini

Going to the grocery store right now is a challenge as I have told you in a previous post. Lots of stuff is not available but one thing that I can always count on is zucchini, that ever faithful vegetable that can be cooked so many ways. One …

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