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A Garden of Gratitude

A Garden of Gratitude

Tweet “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” -Henry Ward Beecher Spring is my favorite time of the year! My roses and geraniums are in full bloom. The rosemary bushes are alive with the buzzing of bees (doing what bees do) and every time I walk past the basil plants, breath in […]

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Buona Pasqua!

Tweet   Buona Pasqua mi amici!

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Olio in Cucina

Tweet There are three fruitiness intensity levels of extra virgin olive oil; Delicate, Medium and Robust. As a rule, delicate oils (depending on the cultivar) are made from ripe mature olives and have fruity notes that pair nicely with cheese and desserts. Medium oils have a favorable bitterness and pungency and is what I use most […]

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Baking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet As essential as olive oil is in my cooking, it has been under utilized in my baking until fairly recently. Each year, (as far back as I can remember) just prior to Thanksgiving, I order our traditional panettone to be enjoyed on Christmas morning. This delicious yeast bread is made with olive oil instead […]

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Choosing and Storing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet In my perfect world, everyone would have a beloved Uncle Lorenzo who lives in the beautiful Sicilian countryside with groves of ancient gnarled olive trees. Family and friends would gather annually for the “crush” (the making of olive oil) and there would be an abundance of food, drink and laughter. Of course, we would […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet If I could have but three items in continuous and everlasting supply, my perpetual pantry would contain bread, olive oil and salt … in that order! Fresh olio d’oliva (olive oil) is as essential to me as water. I use it every day so it’s only logical that it is an indispensable ingredient in […]

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Scent of Sicily

Scent of Sicily

Tweet I have a beautiful lemon tree just outside my kitchen door and almost always have a bowl of lemons on the counter. To me, their citrus aroma shouts out freshness. If that were not enough good fortune, (I am very grateful for this lemon tree) I have two ridiculously large rosemary bushes in the yard. […]

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Evaporated vs Sweetened Condensed Milk

Tweet In the early 1900’s, canned milk was the milk of choice. At the time, fresh cow’s milk, contaminated with bacteria, was considered unsafe to drink (before FDA regulations). My grandmother kept two canned milk products in her pantry, Pet Evaporated Milk and Borden’s Sweetened Condensed Milk. These are two very different products, can not be […]

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Gelati

Tweet Our first Mother’s Day adventure abroad, was spent in Italy. Joe was very excited to visit the Roman Colosseum, as that was all he talked about for weeks prior to the trip. After a visit to the bank to exchange our dollars for Lire, (before the  Eur0) we walked to the Piazza Navona. A […]

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American as Baseball & Apple Pie

Tweet This weekend, on the heels of last month’s cool weather (68*) vacation, I am in Phoenix, Arizona. The weather is a sweltering 111 degrees … in the shade. A complimentary stay at the stylish Renaissance Hotel, one more visit with Joe before he heads off to the land down under (to visit “our Aussie […]

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