bacon and gruyère egg bites

bacon and gruyère egg bites – breakfast on the go!

September 2, 2020

Eleven days ago our daughter, Laura, became a missus.  It was an intimate affair and not at all what was initially planned.  Having said that, there’s something even more special when surrounded by immediate family.  The morning of the wedding, Laura came to our room to get her makeup done.  She had stopped to pick…

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tonnato sauce

italian tonnato sauce

January 16, 2020

Well hello, 2020!  It’s taken me to the middle of this month to finally post something.  This is my fourteenth year with this food blog and lately, I have been wondering if I should stop.  And then I find a dish that reignites the foodie in me and my love for sharing recipes.  I started…

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pork sausage plait

pork sausage plait

December 20, 2019

On the kitchen countertop, I have a cubby hole (of sorts) where I stash recipe clippings or where scraps of paper with my scribbled recipes rest.  Every once and a while I do a clearout.  The other day I was tidying the countertop space when I saw my scribbled note on pork sausage plait.

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pickled radicchio

pickled radicchio wrapped breadsticks

December 17, 2019

Pickled radicchio is a perfect way to preserve and enjoy for weeks.  Radicchio (ra-DEEK-ee-o) on its own has a bold and bitter taste but throw it in a hot bath of vinegar and that boldness subsides.  It ends up with a sweet and sour taste.  When the radicchio leaves hit the vinegar, they change a…

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parmesan tuiles

parmesan tuiles

December 7, 2019

The other day I was all gung-ho to make parmesan tuiles.  The recipe was from a trusted name in the cooking industry but as I was dishing out the ingredients, something inside me was saying the quantities, oven temperature and method seemed off.  But, because it was from a trusted source, I shrugged off my…

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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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