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Not in Italy? But need gelato?

Not in Italy? But need gelato?

While in Italy I make it a priority to taste as many flavors of gelato as possible (that sentence is almost laughable). Days before we left Florence—over two year ago (wrapping up our trip abroad)—Anthony, Caleb (my two sons) and I went to Florenceā€™s Gelato Festival… [more]. We walked from one piazza to another, trying a myriad of flavors from cantaloupe to rice, tiramisu, watermelon and biscotti. I was recently

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Wisconsin Cheese: The New York (cheeseburger)

Wisconsin Cheese: The New York (cheeseburger)

Confused? Wisconsin Cheese and the Cheese and Burger Society are promoting hamburgers from 10 cities across the U.S. this summer. They contacted me and asked if I would be interested in re-creating a burger—and for what city? I am all for Seattle… but alas my city was taken. The New York … [more]remained and since it is one of the most impressive cities worldwide… I thought, why not?

This city of

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Not your Mother’s Casserole

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Sorry mom. I didn’t name the book… [more]
Actually, this is not a slap against the casseroles typical of my childhood table. I actually have fond, warm-fuzzy remembrances of broccoli cheddar casserole (with brussel sprouts), and Tex-Mex surprise. Did your mom make you a pasta chicken bake and what about tuna casserole? Ring any bells? The other day, at the store I saw a ‘Mexican Layered Dip’ for sale. You cannot

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FEB product reviews: olive oil, crackers, bowls and a GIVEAWAY!

FEB product reviews: olive oil, crackers, bowls and a GIVEAWAY!

We consume olive oil like it is going out of style. It is my primary cooking oil, the way I lightly coat vegetables for roasting and part and parcel to our family’s Italian year abroad (read this fun post on ‘Olive Oil Tasting‘). California Olive Ranch sent me this bottle. Hey ranch guys? Thanks. It’s fantastic. Bottom line? I will be buying this product in the future.… [more] Took

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Barefoot Bubbly, coffee and tequila… piqued your interest?

Barefoot Bubbly, coffee and tequila... piqued your interest?

I am a liquids girl. While spending time on my computer, I like to have a beverage nearby. A coffee… [more], a water, some tea. In my car is no different: a coffee or water nestled into a holder. At home, dinner time and with guests: some wine, a cocktail, an aperitif. Even in college and grad school, I would make myself huge lattes—while plugging my way through homework. Plus

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Thanks for the goodies!

Thanks for the goodies!

This post is combo review and thank you.
ThermaPen: Am loving the automatic pen. Its super easy to use, clean and calculate temps of food. Thanks for sending; I will use it often!

SeaPak Seafood: I loved popping into the store with coupons from you… [more]. My nearby store had only two of your products: the Clam Strips and Butterflied Baked Shrimp. So I bought both and we pulled

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Italian Grandmothers.

Italian Grandmothers.

Need I say more? Who wouldn’t want an Italian Grandmother, full of old-world charm, well-earned wisdom and vault to the greatest generation of food mavens. In our current culinary climate, we are attempting to reach back across the ages, to best practices of old: making pasta from scratch, preserving seasonal produce, knowing our butchers and farmers by name.
They did it right, they dedicated their lives to preserving and drying… [more]

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Thanks for the samples!

Thanks for the samples!

One very rewarding part of being a food blogger is the opportunity to try new foods. Food companies know that food bloggers have dedicated readers, so reviews of their products will not be lost on deaf ears. Its ‘targeted’ at you—through me. And since I am forever searching for good food, new food and ‘what’s next’ when it comes to all-things-food… then I will be excited to try new products.… [more]

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really, its all about the tongs.

really, its all about the tongs.

Hehe. I have a tong drawer: a dedicated, tong-only drawer in my kitchen. Wow—she must have a big kitchen. Far from it—in fact I have very few drawers and have to be quite creative with stashing all my kitchen tools, pots, pans and [note my mild addiction to] small Italian bowls… [more]. Even with all that creative stacking and cupboard cramming: one skinny little drawer boasts 9 pairs of tongs.

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I am going to be a ZIPLOC BAG for Halloween.

I am going to be a ZIPLOC BAG for Halloween.

And if for some reason I suffocate myself, well then: body in a bag! Still in theme with Halloween, don’t you think? I know: bad humor.
And I know. I shouldn’t be talking about Halloween yet… but I have more Halloween boxes—and made-up cocktails—for this holiday than any other. October is knocking at my door and my MUMMY JUICE is in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook… [more] (release

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