A Salad Of Warm Potatoes, Mussels And Shrimp

A salad can be more than just lettuce with bottled dressing. It can be the star of the dining table. Fresh crisp greens, warm potatoes, mussels and shrimp is a complete meal…only needing a loaf of crusty bread to serve alongside. My recipe was inspired by a dish that my husband had while we were […]

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Growing By Leaps And Bounds

It is fascinating to plant a tiny seed and watch it grow. I know what you are thinking…she must be some kind of a nut if she thinks watching plants grow is interesting. But if you look at the photos, I think you might agree. My seedlings are growing by leaps and bounds. If nothing […]

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Let’s Go Out To Dinner…Bonta Restaurant

When my husband says “let’s go out to dinner”, my thoughts turn to somewhere romantic and special. I enjoy having dinner where the tables are set with fresh flowers and candles. It doesn’t have to be gourmet but I want the food to be at least as good as what I prepare at home. Hopefully […]

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Szechuan Crispy Orange Beef

WARNING!  Do not attempt this recipe unless you have a kitchen slave. LOL. This disclaimer comes from my wonderful husband who shares kitchen duties with me. I cook and he comes behind me cleaning my messes from the stove, the counters, and washes the collection of utensils, bowls, and anything else that I can use […]

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Early Blossoms

The orchard has just started blooming and I thought you might like to take a walk with me to see the lovely blossoms. Our pear trees are the first to bloom, usually around the first week in May with the apples starting to bloom about a week later. I don’t keep records of the exact […]

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Fettuccine And Peas In A Prosciutto Cream Sauce

I have had a love affair with pasta since my first trip to Rome. Naturally I ate spaghetti with meat sauce and macaroni and cheese growing up in Texas but no one called it pasta. I discovered pasta on an American Express tour of Europe. You know the one where you are on a bus […]

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Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

The heirloom tomato seeds that I planted three weeks ago germinated in less than a week. If you read my earlier post about spring, then you saw how I planted them in a seed flat. I took them from the potting shed and placed them in my bathtub to germinate. The sunny bathtub worked wonderfully. […]

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Easter Traditions

Easter traditions are as different as the people who celebrate the holiday. My husband’s family is of Italian heritage and mine is Irish. My husband’s favorite Easter food memories are of his mother’s Pizza Gaina which is also known by many other names…Pizza Rustica, Pizza Chena, Pizza Piena, and Tarta Pascualina just to name a […]

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The Flavors of Provence, France

When I think of spring, I often think of trips taken to Europe. It is such a lovely time of the year to visit. The weather is still a little cool, the countryside is green and the flowers are all in bloom.  A favorite destination of mine to visit during spring is Provence, one of […]

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A Taste Of Spain…Romesco Sauce Served With Pechuga De Pollo

I’m giving you a taste of Spain today, more precisely a specialty from the Catalonia region of Spain. Romesco is a famous sauce made with almonds, olive oil, bread and peppers. Traditionally made from dried nyora chilies, you will find as many ways of preparing this sauce as there are Catalonian cooks. Some add tomatoes […]

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