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pork belly adobo

pork belly adobo

November 20, 2019

Adobo is a sauce that is indigenous to the Philippines.  When the Spanish colonists settled in the Philippines during the 16th century, they saw this traditional Filipino cooking method and called it adobo (from the Spanish word adobar, meaning marinade).  Spanish adobo, however, is not the same as it has a reddish hue due to…

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bombette pugliesi - Italian street food

bombette pugliesi – italian street food

November 8, 2019

The entertaining season is just around the corner!  Christmas is in 47 days and now is a good time to think about what you’ll serve at your next soirée.  I have my go-to finger foods but I always incorporate a few new ones every year.  And boy, do I have a humdinger of an antipasto…

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olive and anchovy bites

olive and anchovy bites

October 29, 2019

When we invite friends over for dinner, it’s always a new menu.  And after many years of entertaining, this can seem as though there’s nothing new left in the tank!  Which is what it felt like last Thursday.  We had invited our good friends over for a bite to eat on Friday and the day…

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green tomato chow chow

green tomato chow chow

October 7, 2019

After a green Spring and Summer, autumn is a pretty time for me.  The deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves by showing off brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red.  I love how everything in life is cyclical starting with the seasons.  And autumn is a signal for me to start my preserves.  Farmers’…

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portobello soup

roasted portobello mushroom soup

September 30, 2019

It wasn’t cold last week when I made this; I just wanted to slurp on homemade soup.  I had a package of portobello mushrooms that needed my attention before they spoiled.  Roasting the mushrooms brings out a rich and scrumptious taste. Homemade soup does not need a recipe.  Yes, you read that correctly.

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stracciatella bruschetta

ciro’s stracciatella bruschetta

September 18, 2019

Mr. S and I LOVE cheese and you know you’re a cheese lover when your friend gives you a book on it! Last October I posted about our local Italian cheesemaker, Ciro. His products can be found at two of our local farmers’ markets and other food establishments.  His passion for cheese making is infectious…

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smashed avocado sweet potato toast

September 12, 2019

Looking for a super simple and nutritious snack?  Check out my dish using sweet potato as toast; a good solution for those who have food allergies while not compromising on taste or nutrition.  Sweet potatoes are a great way to promote a healthy gut.  Fiber from sweet potatoes stay within the digestive tract and provide…

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how we lost weight

September 6, 2019

Up until six years ago, the thought of trying to lose weight was an anomaly.  I had been blessed with genes that allowed me to burn off calories without ever having to go on a diet.  I am active so heaven knows what my weight would be if I weren’t.  I blame it on menopause,…

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summer berries & yogurt

summer berries & yogurt – make it tonight!

August 8, 2019

Summer berries with yogurt has to be one of the easiest desserts to make!  Forget about the whipping cream and use yogurt made with grass fed milk (no added sugars).  Grass fed milk, yogurt or butter tend to have a sweeter flavor than from cows fed a diet of grains.  I’ve been buying grass fed…

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean-style Chicken Salad

July 24, 2019

Mr. S and I have been away and we returned to a heatwave; thank goodness for central airconditioning!  We like eating lighter meals when it’s hot out and tend to stick to the cuisine of the Mediterranean – think fresh, full of veggies, fruit, and low on meat.  When it’s hot out, the last thing…

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poached eggs on sourdough & our daughter’s engagement!

June 14, 2019

Eggs are a staple in most kitchens and they’re so versatile you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch or even as a light dinner.  When my children were younger, scrambled eggs were the easiest and fastest way to get food on the table when their growling bellies could not wait 30 minutes.  Last Saturday our daughter,…

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baked rhubarb

June 5, 2019

As a youngster, practically everyone I knew had a rhubarb patch in their back yard.  I was always fascinated with its thick pinkish red stalks and big, elephant-like leaves.  It was a perfect spot to play hide-and-go-seek as I would crouch down under the 3-foot stems and spy on my siblings.  When I was younger,…

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pasta and fiddleheads

pasta and fiddleheads – hello spring!

May 29, 2019

Ever take a walk in the forest in the Spring and notice young shoots of unfurled ferns?  If you have, it’s a fern getting ready to open up.  Before the fern opens it’s called a fiddlehead (resembles the scroll end of a violin).  It is at this stage when the fiddleheads are picked and cooked. …

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