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Confounded by the Bird

Hello again, dear fellow bloggers! I took a break in order to write articles, and I’ve been true to my word.  I’ve been published in my local newspaper, the  Dunwoody/DeKalb Neighbor, and its affiliates around metro Atlanta, so I’m smiling about that. The column below was published yesterday. As my way of wishing Happy Thanksgiving to …

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(Practically No Sugar) Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

What It Is Cobbler is a juicy, deep dish dessert of cooked fruit with a biscuit type topping.  It is thought of as the quintessential dessert of the American Deep South, and many Southerners will lay claim to its origins.  You can’t blame them, really—who wouldn’t want to claim such a luscious dish?  Turns out, a lot of people …

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Pancake Tuesday

Ash Wednesday is just around the corner–this year it falls on February 22.  So get ready to fire up your griddle and pour out the pancake batter on Pancake Tuesday! WHAT IT IS “Shrovetide” is the English name for the two or three days immediately preceding Lent, and the Tuesday before Lent is known as Shrove …

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Spinach and White Bean Soup

My favorite wedding present is a cookbook.  It is called Grandmother Remembers—Family Recipes, and it is filled with handwritten recipes from my dear Nana.  I refer to it often.  Each time I open it, I give thanks for having this sweet woman in my life and for being Italian (at least by half).  This is her recipe …

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Penne Quattro Formaggi

It’s time for some comfort food!  A big bowl of pasta smothered in cheese sauce fits the bill perfectly.  Today I have a recipe for you that I have adapted from one that was given to our family by my Italian friend, Concetta (but everyone called her Connie).  When my family first arrived in Munich, I knew …

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Pumpkin Risotto

Today I give you a marriage. As a Hamburger-Helper ingénue living with an Italian family, I had my first introduction to risotto.  I was quite taken by the various ingredients that starred in this dish, my favorite by far being melone, or cantaloupe.  (This, I will share with you when cantaloupe is back in season.)  …

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