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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 …

Ciao Italia Mother's Day Sale!

Looking for that perfect Mother's Day gift? Look no further! Ciao Italia is having a special Mother's Day sale where you can get my latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy for only $30. Buy your copy today to ensure delivery by Mother's Day! Purcha…

To Market to Market….Plan Before You Go

Social distancing has been a challenge when grocery shopping. It has forced us to change the way we shop, and maybe for a long time. Thinking long and hard about this, I decided that I needed to strategize a plan that works. This may not work for you but this is what I do…

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Cooking By Chance

It is truly amazing how creative we have become in the face of uncertainly. From making masks, checking on neighbors, shopping for others, people are truly coming together to conquer the unknown at this point. For many, cooking has taken over their lives since other meal …

From My Kitchen to Yours

The kitchen can be calming and therapeutic and that's where I find a lot of my co-workers and friends hanging out during these uncertain times. Some have really never spent a lot of time in the kitchen except to heat something up in the microwave or to grab a cup of coffe…

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Plan, Pace and Don't Panic

Going to the grocery store? By now you know the drill: gloves, wipes, and sanitizer. 1) Go with a list and early in the day so you spend minimal time there. Go during the week not weekends. 2) Have several pairs of plastic disposable gloves at the ready, one to wipe dow…

Table Set for A Saint - Viva San Giuseppe!

March 19 is no ordinary day in Sicily; it is the traditional feast day of Saint Joseph, Father of the Holy Family, patron of carpenters and pastry chefs, and protector of the poor and the dying. On that day towns and villages prepare what is known asle tavole di San Giuse…

Got Pistachio Nuts?

We all know that nuts consumed in moderation are part of a healthy diet and the pistachio nut is enjoying great popularity right now due to some pretty smart advertising from California, the largest production area for them with over 312,000 acres planted across the state…

Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever)

I don't want to rain on anyone’s St Patrick’s Day Parade but we should brace for the possibility that the venerable and wildly popular saint was not Irish but Italian. Historians have done some really meticulous research and it is a known fact that St Patrick&…

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