Valentine My Heart Beets For You
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Valentine My Heart Beets For You

  Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.   Dalai Lama Drab February festooned in ‘Chinese Red” for the Chinese New Year and Valentine Hearts. How smart! Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese traditions, standing for loyalty, success and happiness. Red underwear embroidered with the Chinese Zodiac for the year is one of … Continue reading

Super Bowl Avocado Cream Chili Pot Pie
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Super Bowl Avocado Cream Chili Pot Pie

Nancy and John had a Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off. There were three categories, Chili, Vegetarian Chili, and Cornbread. What an aromatic… and filling. Fun and easy! After 4pm people started arriving with grins, boxes, pots, slow-cookers, beer, wine, and kids. A serious competition. This group is serious about their Chili. Pierre, The 2010 Rib Throwdown … Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Looks Like A Giant Sauropod Egg
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Spaghetti Squash Looks Like A Giant Sauropod Egg

— but the real disguise is inside. Camouflaged in the bright yellow shell is a squash that shreds like strands of spaghetti. That’s where the resemblance ends! The first time I had spaghetti squash it had an Italian pasta sauce on it! Disaster. My mind couldn’t get over the visual— and it tasted like sweet … Continue reading

Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil the “Other Mother.”
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Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil the “Other Mother.”

In sourdough culture, they have a “Mother dough.” Italian’s have what I call the other mother—Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil. A blend of extra-virgin olive oil and chopped garlic. The other-mother can be stored a covered jar in the refrigerator for weeks, ready to use. Olive oil enhanced with the flavor of fresh garlic. As you use it, … Continue reading

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Wreath Of Wealth
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Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Wreath Of Wealth

Broccoli is a super food, packed with nutrition and very few calories.  Cauliflower it’s country cousin seems to “pale” by comparison. More subtle in flavor— but full of it’s own virtues. Healthy? Add a garlic mist to the cousins kiss and I’m talking Super foods. With or without cranberries this Wreath of Health  is easy … Continue reading

Italian Quinoa With Fresh Garden Herbs
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Italian Quinoa With Fresh Garden Herbs

Quinoa pronounced keen waa. Keen Waaahat? Italian Quinoa behaves like an oxymoron. A seed often called a super-grain— this is one seed with a mistaken identity. A seed—that looks like a grain, cooks like a grain, tastes like a grain, gluten free and full of fiber and rich in protein? The World Health Organization has … Continue reading