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Dear Reader, Here we are in the month of May.  Did you ever wonder why they call it “The Merry Month of May?”  It would be reasonable to assume it’s because winter is in the rear-view mirror and flowers are in bloom.  And t...
If  you are planning a tea-party I wanted to re-share a traditional menu with you: Classic afternoon finger sandwiches: Egg salad Cucumber & cream cheese Smoked salmon & cream cheese Roast Beef Chicken Salad Make the...
Dear Friends, Just when you thought things were going to get back to some semblance of normal (even though it seems harder to figure out exactly what “normal” is), people are still losing their homes, livelihood, and their loved...
Pizza Rustica is one of several Italian Easter pies.  It’s a traditional savory dish and usually takes a day and a half to prepare.  But here is a simpler recipe. Ingredients – for 2 pies…believe me they will fly out of the...
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  Just when you thought things were going to lighten up, the world is faced with another challenge.  I don’t mean to be a Debbie-Downer, but my heart breaks f...
Cheese Stuffed Corn Cakes SERVINGS 6 arepas INGREDIENTS 2 cups precooked corn meal 2 cups hot water ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon soft butter divided 12 slices mozzarella cheese INSTRUCTIONS In a medium...
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  In February of 2021 I wrote about being a year into the pandemic, and now it’s two years! Last year I wrote about Ground Hog Day and here I go again!  If...
Last year I gave you a Pasta Fagioli recipe, but found an easier way to make it in a crock pot. It's simple and inexpensive. Pasta Fagioli   (pronounced Pasta Fa-zool) This is more like a stew.  If you want it more like a soup...
Dear Friends, This is what I wrote a year ago: Let me start with wishing everyone a happy, healthy, stress-less 2021.  If you feel like you’ve been living in the spin-cycle of the washing machine, you are not alone.  2020 was a...
Easy Minestrone Soup  (Minestrone comes from the Italian word Minestra which means soup!) Easy Soup Soup! This is a very healthy, hearty soup.  It can keep in the fridge for about a week, and you can freeze it. Ingredients:...
Dear Reader, Looking back I think I’m having Déjà vu all over again.  People are still arguing about masks, but this year we can add vaccines to the mix.  And now they’ve given us one more thing (Omicron) to fuel our angst....
Here are a few recipes for an Italian Christmas Eve dinner.  It’s usually 7 Fishes, but this is a good alternative: Christmas Eve Dinner Italian Style Eggplant Stacks (2) large eggplants, skinned and sliced ¼ inch thick...
Hello everyone! It’s November!  Time flies when you’re having fun…and even if you’re not.  It just doesn’t seem fair! All we can do is to do our best, even if we’re weary.  I hope Halloween brought you more treats tha...
Now on to the turkey and the fixings.  Left overs?  Turkey meatloaf!  Depending on how much you have, chop 2-3 cups of turkey in a food processor…don’t pulverize it, just chop it.  Add left over stuffing and a little melted...
Dear Reader, Thank you for visiting my website.  I don’t know about you but as Yogi Berra used to say:  “It’s  Deja vu all over again.:”   It seems like we’re in a hamster wheel trying to move forward and getting nowh...
Halloween is in a few weeks and we surely need a few treats.  For the bakers I want to revisit a wonderful seasonal pie, and a comfort food recipe. If you’re craving the traditional pumpkin pie, this is courtesy of Heidi Dugan....
Dear Reader, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  Hard to believe it’s September.  We’re 18 months into the pandemic, and now Mother Nature is giving us a pounding.  She sure is pissed at us. It's been...
Pasta Fagioli (pronounced Pasta Fazool) – This should feed at least 6 people — and it freezes well too Ingredients: 1-2 loaves of Crusty Italian Bread (3) 15 oz cans cannellini beans 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil...
Dear Reader, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  The COVID rollercoaster seems to continue to be in operation.  It's been so long since this thing started I’ve almost forgotten what life is like without it...
TUSCAN STYLE COLLARD GREENS (A LITTLE BIT OF ITALY) INGREDIENTS 2 large bunches local collards 16 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth, divided 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 large leeks, washed,...