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bombette pugliesi – italian street food

bombette pugliesi - Italian street food

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

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

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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roasted portobello mushroom soup

portobello soup

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. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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ciro’s stracciatella bruschetta

stracciatella bruschetta

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

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

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 – make it tonight!

summer berries & yogurt

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-style Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

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!

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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