Category Archives: Veggies and Side Dishes

Borlotti Beans Are Ready to Harvest

Since this is our first attempt at growing Borlotti Beans, we are delighted to share with you the progress made so far. The outer shells have turned a beautiful shade of red and white, having started off a beautiful shade of … Continue reading

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Another Cooking Class – At Our House!

Saturday brought about Cooking Class #2 – entitled “Simple Summer Salads”. Since it was over 90 degrees out, the thought of preparing a nice, cool, summer dish was very enticing. So here’s what Linda, Maggie, and I dished about: Started off by … Continue reading

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Creamy Zucchini And Ricotta Spread

As promised, here is the recipe for one of the dishes from yesterday’s post about Cooking Class. It is super simple, offers lots of versatility, and really nice flavors. As suggested in yesterday’s post, we would make again and add some … Continue reading

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Cooking Classes – At Our House!

Today marked the first day of cooking classes – taught by yours truly! How fun is that? Here’s how it happened…friends kept saying to me “You should offer classes and teach us how to cook!!” So….after much deliberation, I decided … Continue reading

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Roasted Potatoes – Both Sweet and Red

Easy as pie, only they are potatoes! Here’s something to try when you are in a HUGE hurry yet still want to serve something fresh and homemade – Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic AND Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots … Continue reading

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Carciofi Prep Lesson

Arno River In Florence, Italy Hi, here’s a link to The Italian Notebook, and a posting on how to prepare artichokes, since the season is upon them in Italy.  Since the description is so fun, thought I’d share this with … Continue reading

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Zucchini Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese

As a fan of the Barefoot Contessa, I secretly dream of trading places with Ina, just long enough to enjoy her apartment in Paris for a week or two…. Then, it’s back to the US to cook in that lovely kitchen … Continue reading

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Spinach-Cheese Bake

  Hi, Everyone – me, again. We’ve been invited to a Linky Party this week, showing the Best Thing We Ate last week. Our Hostess is Justa, over at Just a Frugal Foodie, so we’re bringing Spinach Cheese Bake for … Continue reading

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Cooking School Adventures In Lucca, Italy

The Bread We Learned to Bake at Cooking School Narrowing down the “To Do List” when on vacation in Italy is always a tough one for me…too much to do, so little time there…but one of my favorite things “to do” … Continue reading

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Chicken Tortilla Soup – and Friends!

We decided to have something warm and comforting this past weekend, since we finally had 2 whole days of winter weather. (Lows in the 19-20 degree range…ouch!) So, we called our friends to come over and join us. In preparing … Continue reading

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