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Roasted Red Peppers

I am participating in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, and I have pulled out my fine china and silver for the occasion.  Our gracious organizer is Ann at anunrefinedvegan, and I am bringing Roasted Red Peppers to the table.  Enjoy! What It Is I grew up watching my mother and my Nana cook, Italian style, and they did know their …

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Eat That Bulb! Oven Caramelized Fennel

WHAT IT IS Its seeds are flavoring Italian sausage, its fronds are garnishing a dish, and its bulbs are caramelizing in the oven—this is one versatile plant.  Fennel has a delicate anise flavor (though it is not actually anise), and it can be eaten raw or cooked.  Frequently used in the cuisine of Italy and throughout …

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Budget Barista Series: Cappuccino

You don’t have to go to Italy to get a great cappuccino (and you don’t have to stand in line at Starbucks, either—but in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m evoking Italy). WHAT IT IS Cappuccino is an espresso based drink, made of one-third espresso and equal parts steamed milk and foamed milk.  There are …

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Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?

But make mine a bacio. WHAT IT IS  Baci are candy kisses made by the Italian candy company, Perugina.  Bacio, as you may have guessed, is the Italian word for kiss, and baci is the plural form. The confections are made of a hazelnut and chocolate cream center topped by a whole roasted hazelnut, encased in delicious dark chocolate.  True to form, the …

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

The holidays are upon us, and amidst the bustle of December activity, we often lose the spirit of the season.  This year I invite you to hark back to the traditions of Europe and have yourself a merry “Little Christmas.” What It Is  Traditionally and liturgically, the Christmas Season does not begin until Christmas Day.  …

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