Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Hot Pepper Sauce

Every spring my husband gets a bit obsessive about growing different chili peppers. He usually plants a dozen or so varieties, some very hot and others more mild. Occasionally he gets a hybrid that can be outrageously hot or beautifully … Continue reading

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Indian Snack Mix

We have been buying Indian snack mix (also called “hot mix”) for years, but I recently learned how to make a homemade version from my friend and cooking teacher Farida. This is my variation on her recipe. I love adding … Continue reading

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Chive Blossom and Thyme Vinegar

I took a walk around the yard this afternoon. It is so beautiful, since we have had a lot of rain and things look lush and green at the moment. The peas and fava beans are doing well, the figs … Continue reading

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Spiced Plum Fruit Leather

I have a friend with a beautiful old Satsuma plum tree and each year, when the fruit is ripe, she invites me to come pick. This year the tree was loaded with very sweet plums. I picked enough for a … Continue reading

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Bottled Apricots in Almond Syrup

This blog is two years old today. When I first thought about blogging I was reluctant to do so because there are so many gifted bloggers with great recipes. However, with my husband’s encouragement, and because I wanted to have … Continue reading

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Kitchen Matters

I was recently reading a food website that posed the question “What one kitchen item would you splurge for?” The people responding gave a variety of answers, such as good knives, a KitchenAid mixer or VitaMix blender, a Le Creuset … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, readers. Tonight is my favorite night of the year, and it has begun to snow so it looks like we will have a white Christmas. We will have our annual Italian Christmas Eve feast with family tonight and … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

My son had his Eagle Court of Honor this weekend. It was fun to bring family and friends together to celebrate his award. We had cake and cookies along with this dip. I served the dip with Italian ladyfingers (savoiardi), … Continue reading

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Italian Sausage Stuffing

I started planning the Thanksgiving menu on Labor Day weekend. The family was together and I made a list of everyone’s favorite dishes and favorite pies. Much to my surprise the kids did not want stuffing. I couldn’t believe it … Continue reading

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Cranberry Prickly Pear and Pluot Relish

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I love planning and cooking for it. I have been hosting it for almost 20 years, but since Thanksgiving is the only time I usually prepare a turkey dinner, I consult my … Continue reading

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