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Barolo Chinato is a wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, and it is a small, somewhat rare offshoot of traditional Barolo wines. (Read more about Piedmont and Barolo wines here). Barolo Chinato is a wine flavored with herbs, spices, and other aromatics, all added to Barolo wine. The most defining addition, however, is quinine bark, the same thing you find in tonic...

I love a good poached egg. However, my poached eggs turn out far from pretty. Now I know why: I should have left them in their shells! Try this trick from Bon Appetitfor perfectly shaped poached eggs.   Technically, slowly cooking an egg at a low temperature doesn’t exactly constitute poaching. But the results are pretty close. Imagine cracking open an...

Who doesn’t love weekends?  Long stretches of time (well, in truth, never long enough!) to fill up as we please – spending time with friends and family, staying out late, sleeping in, morning cuddles with no time limit, 3-hour lunches with wine, impromptu jaunts, dressing up, dressing down, naps!  You time and your rules. So anyway…thank goodness for the...

Zen enthusiasts say that we need to live in the moment more.  Focus on the present.  Shut out extraneous noise.  Feel the air on your skin.  We are always rushing around.  We need to stop, live, exist, feel the right now. I am no expert on Zen, nor on meditation, but I do appreciate the benefits of hitting the pause button and just…being.  Looking back, I...

Continuing on my breakfast cup recipes, I recently tackled Bacon Egg McMuffin cups.  English muffin + bacon + egg = Yum. The English muffin develops a nice crispy exterior similar to if you had toasted it. The bacon doesn’t quite wrap around the entire muffin, but it does seem to fit right inside the muffin cup. Inside the crispy bacon wrap is the egg. I used...

I saw a version of these easy breakfast cups on Dine and Dish and immediately wanted to make them. I’ve previously made bacon egg toast cups, but these are even easier (though you don’t get the toast). All you need to do is crack an egg into a muffin mold. And you sprinkle cheese and bacon bits on top. The original version uses ham and cheese, but I didn’t...

I’ve been putting this post off for so long. I just didn’t want to write about knefe (or knefeh) in Australia because I couldn’t possibly have done it justice. Let me start by explaining what knefe is. First of all, though it is sweet, knefe is not considered to be dessert; it’s a meal all on its own and it’s most commonly eaten for breakfast. A layer of...

It was a huge hit with my husband and friends and for sure I will be making this dip again at parties and gatherings. If you want to make this dip with less calories, not that it has a lot, use reduce fat cheese. There isn’t much else to say about this chicken buffalo dip but that you must try it for yourself to appreciate how good it is so until my next post…… Here...

OMG, I love good onion rings.  Nothing rots me more than getting an onion ring at a diner and you feel you can ring them out before eating them.  So I started backing them and avoiding that problem and well partly because we don’t own a fryer. Taking a few onions, slicing them thick, seasoning with salt and pepper and dredging them in a little buttermilk mixture. ...

Does this ever happen to you? After you use a bottle opener to pry open a sealed beverage, the cap rolls or falls under one of your cabinets and you need to get on your hands and knees to retrieve it. Forgo the hassle (even if it’s a small one) by adding a magnet to your bottle opener. Mount a small magnet to the back of your bottle openers with contact adhesive...

Wanna know something else I love?  Chips.  Chips of any kind, any type, any shape with dip or without – it doesn’t matter.  I am a CHIP Lover/Addict.  Today i want to share with you a fun little recipe that was well received at a recent House gathering.  These are simple pita chips with a couple of twists.  Super easy to make and very fun to eat… CCCCRUNCH! Ingredients 3...

Recipe of Cold Veggie Ranch Pizza Ingredients: 2 tubes Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough 1 pint sour cream 1 package Ranch mix 4 C fresh vegetables, in ¼-inch pieces 2 C cheddar cheese, shredded 1 can sliced black olives (optional) Flatten the crescent rolls in a single layer in an ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Cook at 350 until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool. Meanwhile,...

You can make this and serve it as an appetizer by cutting it into small pieces as well, just another though. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 red onion, sliced 2 – 3 cups mushrooms 2 medium red peppers, sliced 3 – 4 tablespoons olive oil 6 eggs (organic) 1/4 cup egg beaters (You can use all whole eggs if you prefer, just add a couple more eggs) 2 – 3 garlic...

• Have your past Thanksgiving dinners been laughable disasters? • Have you ever become slightly ill or made silly excuses when asked to prepare Thanksgiving dinner? • Have you ever been the recipient of shameless laughter and quiet snickers behind your back at your Thanksgiving table? • Does your spouse beg you to give the humongous amount of leftovers to...

Ingredients 1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix (I Used Duncan Hines) 1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (additional) 1/2 cup Butter, Melted 60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar Preparation Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together...

Veggie Stromboli is a hearty rolled pizza where the filling is cooked inside the dough. This tasty Italian dish uses ready made pizza dough and it’s filled with kale, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, and seasoned with garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. As usual, feel free to experiment with some other filling of your choice and enjoy! Veggie Stromboli Ingredients 1...

Serves 4 entree portions 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound) 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup barbecue sauce (I used Lucille’s) 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed, air dried, and cut into 1-2 inch pieces 1 tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro (optional) 1 cup frozen petite white corn 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 cup black beans, drained and...

Beets add not only bright-red color to this arugula side salad but also lots of nutrition. Peeling and cutting the beets into small pieces reduces their cooking time. Ingredients 1 bunch medium red beets (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 teaspoon...

I love sweet potatoes. For one, they cook a lot faster than regular potatoes (I’m impatient!) and they have so much more natural flavor that you rarely have to modify them. However, the root works especially well with certain flavors, such as curry and maple. Stay warm with this fall soup. It is sweet and spicy and quick to make. May I suggest you enjoy it...

This is a very delicate and subtle soup. Make it in advance and allow the flavours to mingle a bit before you serve it. It takes about five minutes of preparation because everything just gets dumped into the food processor and then you set it in the refrigerator to allow it to get really cold. This recipe is from Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie...