fried olives stuffed with cheese

What is your favorite snack? Do you go back to the same one time after time or do you like to venture out and try new ones? If you have not tried fried olives, you must! They are a crunchy flavor bomb!  I’ve made these a few times now and each time it’s with a…

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Four weeks ago today we were cruising the Bosphorus River, listening to the historical commentary about Turkey and how this river has influenced its shores. As I sit here reminiscing of our trip, it feels as though it was eons ago.  All the planning, research, initial deposit to final payment, and the excitement leading up…

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The olive bar at any food shop makes me stop dead in my tracks.  I’m a sucker for anything that reminds me of the Mediterranean.  I wasn’t always a fan until one day, a few years ago, I had ordered a cheese plate and Kalamata olives were on it.  At first I scrunched up my…

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The cuisine of Calabria is typical southern Italian Mediterranean – meat based dishes, vegetables, pasta, and fish.  Because their climate is humid (high risk of mold and spoilage), Calabrians preserve their food by packing veggies and meat in olive oil, making sausage and curing fish (swordfish, sardines, and cod).   The food is simple and delicious.  …

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such a colorful plate! Fish has never been high on my food list, that is, until I moved to Asia. It was there I learned to fall in love with these aquatic vertebrates (sans bones!). That has been an issue with me as fish = bones = loss of appetite. I still have those days…

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These simple but delicious tapas are easy to make. Manchego cheese is produced in La Mancha and is made only from the whole milk of Manchega sheep. Olives are the most extensively cultivated fruit crop in the world. Some of the top olive producing countries in the world are: Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Serves…

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greenn olive purée

When we entertain, I am always on the hunt for new appetizers.  And, when you come to our home, you’re greeted with a choice of beverage along with a few things to nibble on.  Mr. S always jokes the snacks are the main meal!  It’s a delicate balance to satisfy any hunger pains and to…

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tomato soup

Up until a couple of days ago, we were enjoying above normal temperatures.  When the mercury dips below freezing, I crave soups and stews.  What I don’t crave is the effort and time involved to make these.  I recently posted a curry dish ready in 30 minutes.  This made me think about making a simple…

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