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Mar. 2, 2010 4:08 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2010 10:54 am
I’ve had a few people email me about the Beef Cooked in Ragu recipe, so out of the goodness of my heart (and not at all because I haven’t quit thinking about it since I first made it a week and a half ago) I decided to take a break from veal week to make a tutorial on the subject. When you’re… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2010 5:04 pm 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2010 1:31 pm
Yesterday I made Roast Lamb with La Bandiera, which is a veggie and pasta dish. La Bandiera is the name of the Italian flag, whose colors are red, green and white. So, the pasta is also red, green and white.     For dessert we had Raspberry Sorbet. I’d made the… MORE
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Feb. 27, 2010 5:06 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2010 7:03 pm
Today was a great day.  I started the day out right by making homemade waffles.  You know a day is going to be good when those homemade waffles are topped with buttermilk syrup.      After breakfast, my oldest son and I did a little shopping for seeds… MORE
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Feb. 26, 2010 8:07 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2010 1:34 pm
All I made tonight from The Food of Italy was some garlic shrimp with a wine sauce.  I also made some more of Jo's bread and some manicotti from a recipe on a pasta box.  I didn't care for the manicotti, so after one bite, I decided this was my dinner: It was super easy… MORE
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Feb. 25, 2010 3:15 pm 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2010 7:49 pm
I have a leg of lamb chilling out in my refridgerator, thawing and waiting for the weekend.  It's kind of barbaric, knowing I've got a rather large limb of a dead animal in my house.  Also barbaric is splitting through the breastbone of a hen with a huge knife and then flattening the… MORE
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Feb. 24, 2010 3:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2010 9:30 am
The past couple of night’s recipes have been really involved, so I decided upon a simpler dinner for tonight: Sausage and lentil stew with rosemary roasted potatoes. The sausage and lentil stew was a snap to make- you just brown the sausages and then remove them while you make a wine,… MORE
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Feb. 23, 2010 7:20 pm 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2010 12:01 am
Making Beef in Ragu was quite the experience. I began my prep work at noon, and between that and the Potato Cake, they both kept me hopping until four. I bought a mandoline slicer recently and it has already paid for itself. I didn’t sink a lot of money into it- ten dollars I think it was,… MORE
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Feb. 23, 2010 10:52 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2010 4:10 pm
For most of my life I’ve said that I hate Italian food, which was a crazy claim considering that all I’d ever had was pasta sauce from jars, or a lasagna floating in a tomato-y sea of noodles and cheese.  Most of what I’ve made from my cookbook has been spectacular and has completely… MORE
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Feb. 19, 2010 12:29 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 6:45 pm
Tapenade is weird.  If I had to describe it in one word (other than weird) I would say it's intense. The Foods of Italy tapenade used black olives, anchovies, capers, lemon zest and juice, fresh basil and garlic.  It didn't taste fishy at all, which I was worried about, so that's… MORE
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Feb. 19, 2010 8:43 am 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 5:33 pm
I am a bookworm- always have been. When I was little, my dad would come peek his head into my bedroom at least three times a night to tell me to turn off the light, put my book down and go to sleep. Then later, when I’d have turned out the light and pulled the covers over my bended knees and up… MORE
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About Me
I'm a stay at home mom with a terrific husband and three sweet sons. I come from a big, crazy, loving family and am very close to my five sisters. Family is the best.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make anything. I like to bake and cook and I especially love making new (to me) ethnic foods and baking bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's chicken & rice soup with biscuits, Christmas baking, the "nothing but homemade" rule for family gatherings.
My cooking triumphs
I am a good baker. Not cakes and cookies type baking, but I do well with yeast breads and enjoy thinking up new bread recipes.
My cooking tragedies
We don't talk about those- it makes me cranky.
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