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Springtime in Piemonte

The grey cloudy days change to bring warm sunny ones and everything is in motion. The brown barren trees fill with lush green foliage and flowers burst seemingly overnight out of their winter hiding. The sweet melodies of the birds outside our window awaken us from nocturnal slumber and insects buzz about, working the newly […]

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Making Traditional Swiss-Italian Chestnut Torte

In planning and dreaming about this year off traveling in Europe, I was inspired by the thought of cooking traditional recipes with friends, family and people I meet along the way.  I did some research, of areas we knew we’d visit, and the typical local dishes and foods.  Thinking of the Ticino region of Switzerland, […]

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Blackberries and peach

A match made in heaven! Some of the best summer has to offer, blackberries and peaches together. For a mid-afternoon snack, I put together this lovely treat: toasted brioche bread, fresh whipped cream, perfect local peaches and fresh-from-the-farm, boysenberries. Very much like blackberries, but a little paler and more tart. Delicious! At the restaurant right […]

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Preserving the Summer Bounty

Ever since I was a kid, August has been my favorite month of the year. The leisure schedule of no alarm clocks and doing as we pleased late into the evening became the routine. The hot days reach their peak this time of year, with lots of swimming, popsicles on the porch, camping trips and […]

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Summers are made for outdoor cooking!

July has arrived and summer is upon us. With the temperature rising, it’s time to get out of the kitchen, dust off the barbeque and do some outdoor cooking. Everyone loves grilling, even the hesitant cooks. It doesn’t take prior cooking experience to become a competent backyard chef, starting with the basics of grilling burgers […]

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Menu ideas for spring

We’re heading off to a four-day weekend to the Sasquatch music festival, just me and my husband!  While we’re there, I’m making food for one of the performers.  He likes fresh seasonal veggie salads and asked that I come up with a list to choose from.  Here is what I came up with, based upon […]

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omelette-making class

We made omelettes this week with my high school students.  Most, if not all, of the students had never eaten, or even heard of omelettes before.  They were a little skeptical at first, but really got into it when the skillet came out. Each student made their own personal omelette, adding their own flavor. The […]

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Making cinnamon rolls with kids

I made cinnamon rolls with my kids cooking class at the Y.  They enjoyed the gooey fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls, while they watched the other kids run.  Go kids! Go! Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe courtesy Alton Brown Ingredients Dough: 4 large egg yolks, room temperature 1 large whole egg, room temperature 2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 […]

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Spring Detox: Day Six

Today I made a lovely citrus juice from blood oranges, grapefruit and navel oranges.  It had a beautiful rosy hue and I tried to make it last throughout the day, though it was so delicious I wanted to drink it all at once.  Maybe I’ll buy more fruit next time, so I can make enough […]

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Spring Detox: Day Five

I’ve gotten a little lazier these days, forgetting to take pictures and lacking the energy to post at the end of the day.  So here’s my day five, a few days late. This morning, I had the lovely oat pancakes again.  I find them more satisfying than any other breakfast food option.  To switch it […]

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